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Retirement Programs

National Retirement Security Week is a national effort to raise awareness among employees about the importance of saving for retirement. 

To enroll in the College's 403b, please reach out to Roger Garduno at or (214) 608-9893. If you are already enrolled, you can reach out to your advisor (Bentley Craft at 975-567-8115 or Kevin Konkal at 512-831-2112).

To enroll in the Texa$aver 457 (benefit-eligible employees only), please reach out to Mike McLellan at 469-350-8128.


Texa$aver and 403(b) Contribution Limits
For 2021, the limit has remained the same at $19,500. The additional “catch-up” amount that participants age 50 and older can contribute each year remains at $6,500, for an annual total of $26,000. More information is available from this IRS publication.

If you are thinking about retirement, there are many sources of information for what you should do. The decision needs to fit your situation at retirement. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection has some publications that could assist what to do. Some of the text is geared towards private-sector defined benefit pension plans, however they touch on topics that every retiree thinks about.

Pension Lump-Sum Payouts and Your Retiree Security - Gives near-retirees the information they need to understand the trade-offs of taking their pension in a monthly payment or lump sum. Also provides tips and warnings about how to protect and best manage that money for those considering a lump-sum payout option from a private-sector defined benefit pension plan.

Savings Fitness: A Guide To Your Money and Your Financial Future - Create your personal savings plan and prepare for retirement with this step-by-step guide.

Disponible en Espanol: Su Dinero y Futuro Económico: Una Guía para Ahorrar


Collin College provides several ways for employees to save for retirement.

All Employees (Except student employees):

Full-time and part-time employees (except student employees) at Collin College may enroll in the "Collin Invests" Retirement Savings Plan. Collin College has partnered with AIG Retirement Services to administer our Voluntary 403(b).

Employees may stop and restart their deductions anytime during the year by logging into the AIG website and signing into their account. For example, if you would like to end deductions in May and restart deductions in September, you will need to contact AIG in advance so that the dates can be updated and processed through payroll.

All changes must be submitted to AIG before the 10th of a month to be reflected in your payroll for that same calendar month.

To enroll in the 403(b) plan:

Visit AIG to sign up for the new 403(b) elective deferral plan or visit our Collin Invests information page for more information.

Plan Access Codes:
  • Full-time employees: 40521003
  • Part-time employees: 40521002

To make a change to your contribution:

Visit AIG to log into your 403(b) elective deferral plan or reach out to your financial advisor.

Bentley Craft - - (972) 567-8115

Kevin Konkal - - (512) 831-2112

Texa$aver 457

Benefit-eligible employees may also participate in the states 457 through Empower Retirement. The Retirement Plan Advisor (RPA) for the 457 is Mike McLellan and can be reached using the information below. You are also able to set an appointment with Mr. McLellan.



Telephone: (469) 350-8128

To set an appointment, please use the scheduling tool here. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with your RPA to help you determine a possible retirement age, help you project your future retirement income from all sources (ERS (if applicable), Social Security, and the 457), and provide suggestions for your retirement (including savings rate, withdrawal strategy, and investment allocation).

During a meeting, you will need to have the following information, if available:

Your current Texa$aver statement (if available), recent statements for outside retirement and investment accounts, current paycheck stub, your most current retirement benefit statement, Texa$aver login information (if known), estimates of any additional income you may have during retirement, and spouses and significant others are welcome to attend your meeting.

Upcoming Group Presentations with your RPA:

June Sessions Pending

 Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

Generally, full time staff employees participate in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).  This is a defined benefit, state retirement plan. 

  • Employees contribute 8% to the plan and the state contributes 7.75%. These rates are set by the State of Texas and are subject to change in the future. The employee, however, is not able to modify these rates. 
  • After five (5) years of service with the TRS system, you are vested for retirement benefits. 
    • Vesting means that the employee has earned a retirement income benefit when they are eligible to retire.  The amount of the retirement income benefit is based on a statutory formula using the number of years of employee service credit with the TRS system, the employee’s age, and average covered earnings while an active participant. 

Optional Retirement Program (ORP)

Full time faculty and Administrators at Collin College have the option to choose between TRS and ORP.  The ORP is a 403(b) defined contribution plan in which, the employee contributes 6.65% of their salary to the plan and the state contributes 6.6% of the employee’s salary to the plan. With ORP, the college contributes an additional 1.75% of the employee’s salary to the plan. 

As an ORP participant, you will vest after a year and a day of ORP participation.  ORP retirement benefits are a direct result of the amounts contributed and any net return on the investments selected by each participant. As like most investment plans, the plan does experience a certain amount of risk and fluctuation.  It is the responsibility of the employee to monitor this volatility and work with the vendor to minimize the long term ups and downs of this type of plan.

Retiree Insurance Eligibility

  • Upon completion of 10 years of service and otherwise having been eligible to retire under TRS Rules (Rule of 80), an ORP participant can submit for retiree insurance.
  • ORP Participants need to be eligible for an annuity  with their ORP account(s) in order to maintain eligible for retiree insurance. Moving your funds out of ORP can impact retiree insurance eligibility.

    If you are newly eligible to enroll in the ORP plan:


You will need to complete the TRS-28 provided to you. This form needs to be received by HR/Benefits by the end of your 90-day window. Late forms will not be accepted. Once you have a vendor selected, and an account opened, you will need to submit the Salary Reduction Agreement indicating your vendor of choice.

TRS - 28
Salary Reduction Agreement


To change ORP vendors:


Once you have selected a vendor and have opened the account, you will need to submit a new Salary Reduction Agreement to HR/Benefits via fax to (972) 599 - 3156 or email at


Part Time Employees - FICA Alternative Plan

A retirement plan in lieu of Social Security has been created with MetLife.  Participants will have 7.5% of their salary deducted pre-tax for the PERC plan. Part time employees at Collin College must participate in the FICA Alternative Plan, unless they are exempt by the following: 

  • a current TRS or ORP retiree,
  • an active TRS member through other full time employment elsewhere, or
  • an International employee working in the United States based on F1, J1, M1, or Q1 visa. 

The FICA Alternative Plan features tax deferred contributions and interest accumulation, 100% vesting immediately, portability or transfer to an individual IRA upon complete separation of employment, and no annual service fee for active accounts.

Several local vendors can provide investment vehicles for the TSA or ORP and can provide guidance and information to employees for selecting the best investment option. As like most investment plans, the plan does experience a certain amount of risk and fluctuation.