Open enrollment provides participants with an annual opportunity to change providers effective the first payroll in the following calendar year. Effective January 2020, your contributions to the ORPHE will be directed to one of two provider options: DCP (record kept by ICMA-RC) and TIAA. This year, an extended open enrollment period will run from October 1 to November 15.

Transition Meetings for ORPHE Participants

Participants are invited to attend a session for an overview of the ORPHE plan, upcoming investment lineup and provider option changes and other resources available to them during extended open enrollment.

Regional Transition Meetings

Participants may attend one of five regional transition meetings in-person or via webinar.

Date/Time In-Person Online
Tuesday, October 8
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Workforce Center, P126 Room
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Dial-In
Wednesday, October 9
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Virginia Western Community College
Fralin Center for Health Professions, HP208-210
3091 Colonial Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Dial-In
Thursday, October 17
10 a.m.-noon
Northern Virginia Community College
3922 Pender Drive, Suite 121
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dial-In
Wednesday, October 23
10 a.m.-noon
Thomas Nelson Community College
Peninsula Workforce Development Center
600 Butler Farm Road, Room 1301 - 1303
Hampton, VA 23666
Dial-In
Thursday, October 24
10 a.m.-noon
Tidewater Community College
Portsmouth Campus, Forum Conference Room
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701
Dial-in

Transition Meetings at Colleges and Universities

VRS representatives will hold transition meetings at colleges and universities throughout the state. Seating is limited. In addition, provider representatives with DCP (record kept by ICMA-RC) and TIAA will hold meetings at the conclusion of the extended open enrollment period to provide assistance to participants based on their provider selection. Contact your human resources office for additional details and registration information.

Date/Time Location
Wednesday, October 2
10 a.m.-noon
Old Dominion University
Webb Center, River Rooms
1301 W 49th Street
Norfolk, VA 23529
Thursday, October 3
2-4 p.m.
University of Mary Washington
Lee Hall, Room 412
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Tuesday, October 8
1-3 p.m.
James Madison University
Memorial Hall Auditorium
395 S. High Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Wednesday, October 9
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Virginia Military Institute
Moody Hall Activities Room
308 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, VA 24450          
Thursday, October 10
10 a.m.-noon
John Tyler Community College
Midlothian Campus, Eliades Hall, Room E223
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114
Friday, October 18
1:30-3:30 p.m.
John Tyler Community College
Chester Campus, Moyar Hall, Room M229
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, VA 23831
Wednesday, October 23
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Christopher Newport University
Freeman Center Room 202
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
Thursday, October 24
2-4 p.m.
Norfolk State University
Student Center, 138 ABC
Norfolk, VA 23504
Tuesday, October 29
2-4 p.m.
Longwood University
Maugans Alumni Center
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
Wednesday, October 30
10 a.m.-noon
Radford University
Hurlburt Hall Combo Room, Hurlburt Student Center
Clement Street
Radford, VA 24141
Wednesday, November 6
10 a.m.-noon
Old Dominion University
Webb Center, River Rooms
1301 W 49th Street
Norfolk, VA 23529
Friday, November 8
9 a.m.-noon
James Madison University
Wine-Price Building, Conference Room 2050
752 Ott Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Tuesday, November 12
10 a.m.-noon
University of Mary Washington
Lee Hall, Room 412
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • 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)

  • Designation of Beneficiary (VRS-2)

  • 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)