Welcome, Employers!

Here you will find resources for administering the VRS Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (ORPHE).

Qualified employees of Virginia’s public colleges and universities have the option to participate in the VRS ORPHE, rather than VRS Plan 1, VRS Plan 2 or the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan. For those employees who choose the ORPHE plan, they will also choose an investment provider.

Employees have 60 days from their hire date to elect ORPHE; otherwise, they will become members of the other applicable VRS plan.

In late September each year, VRS asks employers to notify participants in the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (ORPHE) of the open enrollment period that occurs annually in October.

During open enrollment, participants have a choice of two providers for directing ongoing contributions to the plan: DCP (record kept by ICMA-RC) and TIAA. Any changes in providers become effective on the first pay date in January of the following year.

Participants who wish to change providers can compare their options and make a selection in myVRS. When open enrollment concludes, employers are responsible for acknowledging employees’ provider changes in myVRS Navigator.

Important: Fidelity was deselected as a provider option for ongoing contributions (learn more at ORPHE 2020).

Employers are responsible for acknowledging participants’ provider changes in myVRS Navigator. You should ensure payroll records accurately reflect provider changes and remittance of contributions to the correct provider beginning with the first pay date in January.

  1. After logging into myVRS Navigator, click on the Organization menu and select Election Acknowledgment Maintenance. The Election Acknowledgment Maintenance screen lists all employee records pending acknowledgment, including open enrollment provider elections.
  2. Before acknowledging an ORP employee’s provider election, ensure that payroll records are established accurately based on the provider change.
  3. For state central payroll employers, myVRS Navigator will automatically send provider change elections to DOA/CIPPS to be effective on the first pay date in January. Decentralized employers will need to ensure payroll records are accurately established based on provider changes and contributions remitted to the correct provider beginning with the first pay date in January.
  4. After selecting the employee records you wish to acknowledge, review and click the box next to the “I acknowledge” statement at the top of the page.
  5. Once the “I acknowledge” box is checked, a new button — Acknowledge — will appear. Click the Acknowledge button to finish.

Learn more about Employer Procedures for Open Enrollment .

Provider Contacts for Employers

DCP | Virginia Retirement System
(Record-Kept by ICMA-RC)
TIAA
Employer Support Contact Employer Support Team -
1-VRS-DC-PLAN1(1-877-327-5261), select option 3

1-800-669-7471 TDD
1-888-842-7782
Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

777 N. Capitol Street NE
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

8500 Andrew Carnegie Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Handbook for Participants in ORPHE Plan 1 and ORPHE Plan 2 Learn more about your plan, benefits and investments in the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education.

  • Choose the Plan and Provider That’s Right for You As a new college or university president, chancellor or faculty member engaged in teaching, administration or research, you have a choice in retirement planning.

  • State Health Benefits Program Enrollment Form for Retirees, Survivors and LTD Participants (T-20879)

  • VRS Group Life Designation of Beneficiary (VRS-2)

  • VRS Group Life Designation of Beneficiary - Continuation (VRS-2A)

  • Request for Transfer of Funds to ORP (VRS-3ORP)

  • Conversion of Group Life Insurance Enrollment (VRS-35E)

  • Request for Health Insurance Credit (VRS-45)

  • Notice of Return to Covered Employment Optional Retirement Plan Retiree (VRS-7ORP)

  • Termination Certification Form – Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (VRS-65D)

  • Optional/Alternative Retirement Plan Health Insurance Credit Employer Certification of Service (VRS-75)

  • VRS Durable Power of Attorney (VRS-901)