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Eligibility for Retirement


View policy pdf:Eligibility For Retirement Policy

Policy Statement 

In accordance with state law, the Board of Regents provides for the retirement of all eligible employees through the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS), the Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia (ERS), or the Regents’ Retirement Plan (which is also referred to as the Optional Retirement Plan of the University System of Georgia) (ORP). Only FLSA-exempt USG employees are eligible to enroll in ORP. The only USG employees eligible for ERS are those who have vested in ERS prior to being hired by the USG and who elect, upon hire by the USG, to remain in ERS. Eligibility for TRS, ORP, and ERS are governed by those agencies and applicable state law. 

Upon meeting one of the above conditions, an employee will be eligible for USG retiree benefits upon retirement. An employee must be enrolled in the benefits coverage at the time of retirement or disability to be eligible to continue coverage in retirement. The Board of Regents’ contributions to the retiree healthcare coverage will be established each year by the Board. 

For a complete description of the retirement system,  

Refer to USG's Policy: BOR USG Retirement Eligibility 


Record Retention 

Refer to USG's Policy: USG Records Management Schedules 


Related information 

Benefits In Retirement 

Employment Beyond Retirement 


Responsible University Senior Administrator:  Vice President for Finance & Administration

Responsible University Administrator: Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Policy Owner: University Human Resources, Wellbeing 

Policy Contact: Senior Director, Wellbeing 

Contact Information: or (706) 542-2222 

Date Issued: 11/01/2002

Last Reviewed/Updated: