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How to Select your OPERS Retirement Plan

As a member of Ohio PERS, you have 180 days from your first day of employment to select one of the three retirement plans: The Traditional Pension Plan, the Member-Directed Plan or the Combined Plan.

STEP 1) Do any of the following apply to you? If so, click the arrow next to the question. If you need more information please call 1-800-222-7377 to schedule a counseling session.
Do you have service credit you can purchase?

Do you plan to work in an OPERS-covered law enforcement or public safety position?

Do you work seasonally or intermittently?

Do you have service with or plan to retire from another Ohio retirement system?

STEP 2) What is your preferred method of education? Live Webinar or a recorded presentation

Live Webinar
For help deciding which OPERS retirement plan is best for your career and retirement goals, participate in a How to Select Your OPERS Retirement Plan Webinar. This presentation is for new members within their 180-day enrollment period.

This live and interactive Webinar will provide you with:

  • An overview and comparison of the three retirement plans
  • Additional education and resources to help you select a plan
  • A chance to have your questions answered by OPERS staff, and you can learn from other participants' questions

Click here to sign up for a How to Select Your OPERS Retirement Plan Webinar

Recorded Presentation
This is the same presentation offered in the Webinar. Because it's recorded, you won't have the opportunity to ask questions, but you can view it any time at your convenience.

Don't see the video? Need help using Flash Player? Click here.

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To register for online access and select a plan click: Register for an Online Account

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