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Office of Human Resources

Dwight Hall Room 207

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 508-626-4530


Mailing Address:
Office of Human Resources
Framingham State University
100 State Street, P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701

Retirement Plans

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all employees, both state and contract, enroll in a qualified retirement plan.

For information about Retirement Plan options, please see the information below.  Questions regarding enrollment may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at ext. 4530.

Retirement Programs:

Each of these programs is offered to Commonwealth employees based on eligibility.

State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS)

The State Employees' Retirement System ("SERS") is a defined benefit plan that is administed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' State Board of Retirement.  This plan is available to all benefited employees.

Department of Higher Education Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)

The Department of Higher Education Optional Retirement Plan ("ORP”) is a defined contribution plan. This plan is only available to benefited faculty, librarians, and administrators.

Alternate Retirement Plan (OBRA)

Part-time, seasonal or temporary employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, are required to participate in the SMART Plan. The SMART Plan is an alternative to Social Security as permitted by the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA).

Special note regarding Social Security:  Massachusetts state employees do not have social security taxes withheld from their earnings.  Employees retiring from the Commonwealth, who are eligible for social security benefits, may have their social security benefits reduced by Social Security's windfall elimination provision or government pension offset.  Please contact your local Social Security Office if you have questions regarding this information. 

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220