Oregon Public Universities - Retirement Benefits


Welcome to Oregon Public Universities Retirement Plans (OPURP)

On July 1, 2014, the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and the Tax-Deferred Investment 403(b) Plan (TDI) were renamed.  These plans, formerly known as the Oregon University System (OUS) plans, are now the Oregon Public Universities Retirement Plans (OPURP).

The name change is part of the state-wide reorganization of higher education that creates independent institutional boards of trustees for each university, and transfers the role of  the Oregon State Board of Higher Education as the plans’ sponsor to the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon, on behalf of the Eastern Oregon University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University.

This does not affect participants’ accounts, investment options, or providers (Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, VALIC).  Participants’ handbooks, forms, and provider websites have been converted to the plans’ new name. In addition, the What’s New tab on this site shows ORP and TDI other mid-year updates for current and new participants.



  • April 12, 2016 - Administrative Committee Meeting, 1:00-5:00 pm
    • Location:  677 E. 12th Ave., Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon



  •  New IRS allocation rule for plan distributions
    • Beginning January 1, 2015, when participants choose to direct their retirement plan distribution to go to multiple destinations, the amounts will be treated as a single distribution for allocating pre-tax and after-tax basis (Notice 2014-54 and REG-105739-11). This will allow 401(a) qualified, 403(b) and 457(b) governmental retirement plan participants to:

    • roll over amounts to both a Roth IRA and a non-Roth IRA,
    • allocate the pre-tax amount of the distribution to the non-Roth IRA and the after-tax amount to the Roth IRA, and
    • avoid having to pay income tax on pre-tax amounts rolled over to the non-Roth IRA.





  • These plans are sponsored and operated exclusively on behalf of the Oregon Public Universities.

 Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) 

  •  A pension alternative for academic and administrative unclassified employees, designed to provide choice and portability of retirement investments.  Eligible employees may participate in the ORP in lieu of PERS.

 Tax-Deferred Investment 403(b) Plan (TDI)

  • A voluntary retirement savings plan for classified and unclassified employees, the TDI provides pre-tax savings for retirement. The TDI can be used by in addition to the basic pension, and by eligible employees who regardless of whether they participate in the ORP or PERS.

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 Oregon PERS (Public Employees Retirement System)PERS/OPSRP and the Oregon Savings Growth Plan are operated by the State of Oregon, and are available to university and other public employees