Retirement

DROP Program

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The Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) is a retirement program within the FRS Pension Plan that allows you to retire and have your FRS benefits accumulate in the FRS Trust Fund earning interest while you continue to work for up to five years. Your participation in DROP does not change your conditions of employment. When the DROP period ends, you must terminate employment to receive your accumulated DROP benefit and begin receiving your monthly retirement benefit. For additional information, visit the Division of Retirement website

Eligibility

As an eligible member of the FRS Pension Plan (FRSP) or Teachers Retirement System (TRS), you may participate in DROP when you are vested and have reached your normal retirement date. Your "normal retirement date" is the earliest date at which you become eligible for full, unreduced benefits based upon your age and/or service.

Vesting
Plan Hired before 07/01/2011 Hired on or after 07/01/2011
FRS Pension 6 years 8 years

 

Retirement Date
Retirement Type Hired before 07/01/2011 Hired on or after 07/01/2011
Regular Age 62 or 30 years of service Age 65 or 33 years of service
Special Risk Age 55 or 25 years of service Age 60 or 30 years of service

If you complete 30 years of service before you reach age 57, you may qualify to defer your DROP participation to a future date.

Election

If you wish to participate in DROP, you may make your election up to six months before the date you plan to begin participation, but the Division of Retirement must receive your election no later than the month you wish to begin DROP. You must make your election within a 12-month election window that begins when you first reach your normal retirement date unless you are eligible to defer your election as listed above. If you do not apply within your prescribed election window, you will lose your eligibility to participate.  Your 60 month (five year) participation period starts on your 1st month of eligibility, even though you are allowed one year to sign up for DROP. It does not extend your 60 month DROP enrollment period.

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How to Enroll

Contact the Benefits Representative for your HR Service Center to schedule an appointment. The DROP Retirement Form Packet  will be completed during your appointment.

Additional documents needed to process your retirement

How to Terminate DROP

Should you choose to terminate DROP prior to your scheduled end date, please contact the DROP Termination Unit and inform them of your new termination date by calling (844) 377-1888