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If you are employed in an ORP-eligible position, you must decide how you would like to invest both your contributions and your employer’s contributions within 90 days of the date you become eligible to participate. 

The following positions are generally ORP-eligible (see the UT System ORP Policy for more detailed definitions):

  • Faculty members whose duties include teaching and/or research as a principal activity
  • Faculty administrators responsible for teaching and research faculty  
  • Professional librarians
  • Chief and senior administrative officials  
  • Specialized professional positions (such as physicians, engineers, and attorneys) 
  • Athletic coaches and directors
  • Counselors treated in the same manner as faculty

Starting early has its advantages


All employer and employee contributions will be deposited into your Texas ORP account after every payroll period.


Vesting refers to the length of service required for you to own the money deposited into your account. You are always 100% immediately vested in your own contributions. You are 100% vested in you employer’s contributions after completing one year and one day of service.

Accessing your money before retirement

When you retire, or if you terminate employment before retirement, you have the following basic benefit options from which to choose:  loan, annuitization, cash distribution, or continuation of tax-deferred accumulation

Annuity payout

When you select an annuity option, you decide what portion, if not all, of your account you would like to use for annuity payout and how frequently you would like to receive payments. Generally, an annuity payout can provide an income that Corebridge Retirement Services guarantees will last as long as you live. A partial annuity payout can provide income and continued access to a portion of your retirement savings. With annuity payout, there are many payment options from which to choose. Taxes are payable on annuity payments as they are received. 

All guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company.

Cash distribution

You can receive all or any portion of your account’s current value as a cash distribution. However, if you choose this option, the amount withdrawn is immediately subject to federal income taxes and may be subject to federal early withdrawal tax penalties.

Continuation of tax-deferred accumulation

You can choose to leave your account on deposit so that it can continue to accumulate tax-deferred. This way you can maintain investment flexibility while deferring all current tax liability until withdrawal or annuity payments begin, usually at retirement. (Required Minimum Distributions apply).

In addition, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to take Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) withdrawals from your retirement account(s) annually beginning the year you reach the RMD eligible age. RMD eligible age is:

  • Age 73 if you were born January 1, 1951, or later (The RMD eligible age will increase to age 75 after December 31, 2032)
  • Age 72 if you were born after June 30, 1949, and before January 1, 1951 (For individuals turning age 72 in 2023, no RMD payment is required in 2023)
  • Age 70 ½ if you were born before July 1, 1949.

Important considerations before deciding to move funds either into or out of a Corebridge Retirement Services account
There are many things to consider. For starters, you will want to carefully review and compare your existing account and the new account, including: fees and charges; guarantees and benefits; and, any limitations under either of the accounts. Also, you will want to know whether a surrender of your current account could result in charges. Your financial professional can help you review these and other important considerations. Consult a tax professional before making a decision to move funds either into or out of a Corebridge account.

RO 2767020 (03/2023)