Southeastern welcomes students back for the start of classes this week while we continue to keep all faculty, staff and students who are not yet able to make it to campus in our thoughts as the region works to recover from devastating flooding.
We attempted to reach ALL our students in recent days, but we realize communication has been difficult, if not impossible for some. If you are just now able to see this message, please contact so we can have a better understanding of your status and work with you so you can attain your educational goals.




Optional Retirement Plan


Effective 7/1/1990, employees who are eligible for membership in TRSL are given the choice of joining TRSL or TIAA-CREF, one of the Optional Retirement Plans (ORP). The decision of which retirement plan to join is a one-time irrevocable decision. ACT 92 of 1992 allows members of TRSL eligible for the ORP to make an irrevocable decision to participate in an ORP prior to the attainment of five years of creditable service in TRSL. Employees who join an ORP can change carriers at any time during the year. If an employee selects an ORP, their contributions are tied up until they terminate employment and elect to draw a monthly payout. In accordance with Louisiana statutes, employees who terminate employment cannot receive a lump sum cash refund of contributions. Under the ORP, employee contributions are fully and immediately vested in the employee's retirement annuity contract. This allows portability to or from other institutions of higher education for the purchase of additional annuity contracts.

For more information about TIAA-CREF, please visit their website at

You may also contact Louis Bundy, at 504-648-4057or email

ORP Contribution Table

Dedicated toll-free number for Louisiana ORP participants - 1-866-836-8935