Retirement Plan Information

It is the policy of the University System of Georgia to provide for the retirement of all regular, benefits eligible employees either through the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) or the Optional Retirement System (ORP).

For New Employees

Non-Exempt Employees

Your plan options will be based on your employment status. If you are a non-exempt or hourly paid employee working 20 hours or more, you will automatically be enrolled in TRS. Once you are enrolled you will receive a welcome letter from TRS with instructions to visit the TRS website to open a TRS online account and to register beneficiaries.

Exempt Employees

Your plan options will be based on your employment status. If you are an exempt or salaried employee working 20 hours or more, you have the choice of ORP or TRS.  Employees must make an irrevocable election to participate in one of these plans within 60 calendar days of employment.

Go to the link below to help you choose a retirement plan and learn how to enroll. If you have further questions, please contact the Benefits office at (912) 478-MYHR (6947).


TRS Member’s Guide

The TRS Member’s Guide is a comprehensive booklet that provides information on membership, the TRS benefit formula, contributions, withdrawals, vesting, TRS retirement plans, beneficiaries, and much more. Employers and members are encouraged to refer to the document located on the TRS website, www.TRSGA.com. You can also find the web version and download the PDF document here:


Supplemental Retirement Savings Options

403(b), Roth 403(b), 457(b), Roth 457(b) and Supplemental Retirement Plans

Georgia Southern offers several voluntary retirement savings plans to supplement your TRS or ORP enrollment. These plans are available to all employees.

Fidelity, TIAA and Corebridge Financial

Learn more about the Supplemental Retirement Options

To Enroll

  1. Log into OneUSGConnect.edu portal
  2. Select Benefits from the Self Service Page
  3. Select My Retirement@Work tile

403(b) and 457(b) Contact Information













Social Security Sign-up Information

Social Security has a new online retirement application.  It’s so easy!

You can apply for retirement benefits from the comfort of your home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov. There’s no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. You can complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes.