Retirement Plans

Required Participation in Plans

The University of Idaho employees participate in the following plans, based on eligibility. Employees contribute to PERSI, ORP, Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employees Retirement System. These contributions are made through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. The University of Idaho policy on the retirement plans can be found the Faculty-Staff Handbook, Section 3730.

The Idaho State Board of Education requires participation in the retirement plans as follows:

  • Classified Employees are required to participate in PERSI
  • Faculty and Non-Faculty Exempt Employees are required to participate in ORP
  • Faculty and Non-Faculty Exempt Employees that elected to remain with PERSI when the ORP was initially rolled out and new employees that are already VESTED with PERSI (either from a previous position with the University or from a prior employer) can choose to continue contributing to PERSI.