Optional Retirement Program (ORP)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provides statewide coordination for the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) administered by Texas public institutions of higher education.

New ORP-Eligible Employees

Overview of TRS and ORP [PDF]

You have 90 days from your first day of employment in an ORP-eligible position to make a one-time irrevocable election of ORP in lieu of TRS. The Overview of TRS and ORP (click on above link to download PDF) provides general information to help you choose the retirement plan that best suits your situation. Your Human Resources Office will provide specific information for your institution's plan, including a list of authorized ORP companies, local employer contribution rate, ORP policies and procedures, and your specific deadline to elect ORP.

ORP Participants

Who to Contact
Retirement Information for ORP Participants [PDF]

ORP Administrators

ORP Resources and Information

ORP Administrators Contact List: Please send updates to TexORP@highered.texas.gov indicating: Name, Position Title, Institution, Email, Phone Number. We use this list to keep you aware of changes in ORP-related information and contact you individually when necessary.

Annual ORP Report Preparers/Approvers

Your Annual ORP Participation Report is due on October 1 of each year for the preceding fiscal year data.
ORP Annual Report Online Reporting System
Instructions for preparing Annual ORP Participation Report data [PDF]

A CBPass password is required to access the Online Reporting System.
CBPass Quick Start Guide

Statewide ORP Participation Report Summary [PDF]
A breakout of the data by institution is available upon request. Please send an email to TexORP@highered.texas.gov.

Inquiries should be directed to TexORP@highered.texas.gov or Toni.Alexander@highered.texas.gov.