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2012 ORP Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period for all State Optional Retirement Program (ORP) participants is from January 1 through March 1 of each year. During the open enrollment period State ORP participants may change vendors or, if eligible, may irrevocably elect to join the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS). State ORP participants who have a minimum of 12 months of participation but no more than 60 months of participation by March 1, 2012, (initial enrollment date between January 1, 2007 and March 1, 2011) are eligible to switch from State ORP to SCRS during the 2012 open enrollment period.  Changes in ORP providers or election of the SCRS plan are effective April 1, 2012.

ORP participants who irrevocably elect to join SCRS may purchase ORP service as earned service credit in the SCRS plan.  The cost to do this is 16% of your career highest salary.  Participants have the option to roll over ORP funds to purchase the service credit.  Please note that if you elected TIAA CREF as your ORP provider while participating in the State ORP, TIAA CREF has a specific timeframe in which you may rollover your ORP funds to SCRS for this service purchase without incurring surrender charges.  We encourage you to promptly contact TIAA CREF to obtain further details.  For more information on other types of service available for purchase, you can review the SCRS Member Handbook

If you need assistance in making this important decision, you may view the video “It’s Your Choice: SCRS vs. State ORP” or the ”Select Your Retirement Plan” publication on the South Carolina Retirement Systems website.  You may also contact the ORP plan representatives listed below for assistance.

For more information or to change plans, University employees should contact the University Benefits Office at 792-2607.


Enoch Booth     
(843) 343-7400          

Mark Taylor      
(843) 442-3715           

The Hartford

Ross Evans      
(843) 881-3697         

Mike Wiggins  
(843) 795-7957         


Michael Leonard  


Nick Brailsford          
(704) 988-4357          
800-842-2252(Call Center)



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