Eligibility to Make a Retirement Plan Selection

Below you will find answers to a set of some of the most frequently asked questions about the OPERS' pension plans. Click on the arrows beside the questions to either reveal or hide the answers.

Who is eligible to choose one of the OPERS retirement plans?

With certain exceptions, new members hired on or after January 1, 2003, are eligible to select one of the OPERS retirement plans. Among those members not eligible to select one of the new plans are OPERS law enforcement officers, college and university employees who elect to participate in an Alternative Retirement Plan, and re-employed OPERS retirees.

Why are certain members ineligible to enroll in the Member-Directed and Combined plans?

House Bill 628, which was enacted in 2000 and required OPERS to establish one or more defined contribution plans for our members, established the eligibility requirements for current OPERS members. The Act mandated that only current OPERS members with less than five years of total service credit (those who are not entitled to a benefit under the Traditional Pension Plan) would be eligible to select one of the new plans. In addition, the Act required that OPERS law enforcement officers participate only in the Traditional Pension Plan.