Payment Options

You must choose your payment option when you apply for your pension. After your retirement effective date, you will not be able to change your option or your designated survivor pension beneficiary. (However, if you marry after your pension begins, you may be able to name your new spouse as a pension beneficiary under certain conditions. Your pension is a lifetime benefit and it cannot be cashed out once you retire.

Read carefully, ask questions, estimate under various scenarios, talk with your family - but do it before you sign your application papers.

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Remember, all pension calculations begin by figuring your straight life amount. Your straight life amount is then adjusted, depending on which plan or option you are choosing.

The pension formula calculates your straight life pension. If you elect the straight life pension, you receive the maximum monthly pension payable throughout your lifetime. No ongoing benefits-payments or insurance-are provided to your survivors. 
If you qualify for the early reduced retirement, we first calculate your straight life pension. Then we apply the one-half percent per month, and fraction of a month reduction to arrive at your actual monthly pension. 
You may choose a survivor option, which pays you less but continues monthly pension payments and, in most cases, health, dental, and vision insurance coverage to your beneficiary if you die. 
You could also choose the equated plan if you want your income to remain relatively level both before and after your social security payments begin.
You can elect any of the survivor options and can still choose the equated plan. These are known as the 100% equated, 75% equated, and 50% equated plan options.
  • Recommended Resources For Help in Estimating Your Pension

    Benefit Estimator:
    This handy online estimator lets you key in your age, wage, and service information, and quickly estimates your future monthly pension. 

    Preretirement information meetings:
    Attend one of our two-hour retirement seminars, held throughout the state all year long. Experienced ORS representatives will fully explain the plan and the process before fielding questions from the audience. Check our schedule and register for a seminar.