Mandatory Retirement Plans (OPERS, STRS, ARP) - Human Resources at Ohio State

Mandatory Retirement Plans

The Ohio State University supports the efforts of faculty and staff to plan a fulfilling, financially secure retirement. As part of its total rewards package, the university offers an array of retirement options to help you meet your financial goals. Retirement program eligibility is based on your appointment type (faculty, staff or student) and your full-time equivalency (FTE).

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) was established to provide a secure retirement for Ohio’s public employees and their families. Staff, post-doctoral researchers and interns are eligible to participate in an OPERS plan.

State Teachers Retirement System
The State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) was established to provide a secure retirement for Ohio’s public educators. STRS is available to all faculty members.

Alternative Retirement Plan
Full-time faculty and staff (75% or greater FTE) may elect the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) in lieu of one of the state plans.