What is the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP)?

For employees hired between August 11, 2004 and June 30, 2013, ARP was a retirement program in which certain state employees were immediately eligible. The ARP is now closed to new employees.

Savings Plus (part of the California Department of Human Resources) administers the ARP.

View the current ARP Newsletter for additional highlights.

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The ARP advantage

As an ARP participant, you are eligible to enroll in a Savings Plus 401(k) Plan and/or 457(b) Plan, and enjoy all the advantages Savings Plus has to offer.

Saving for your retirement is important. Even if you start with the minimum of $50 per month, this can make a difference to your account over time.

Why am I in the ARP?

You were immediately eligible to be in the ARP because you met all the conditions listed below:

  • First hired by the State during the period August 11, 2004 through June 30, 2013;
  • Qualify for CalPERS membership in the State Miscellaneous or State Industrial category (ask your Personnel Office if you need additional information); and
  • Met the definition of "State Employee" in the Government Code section 19815[d], which includes, but is not limited to, all Executive Branch Employees who are not elected to office.

Who is Excluded from the ARP?

You were not eligible for the ARP if you were employed by the state prior to August 11, 2004. This includes:

  • Participation in the Part-time, Seasonal, and Temporary (PST) Retirement Program
  • Student Assistant experience at a State Agency or Youth Aid employment

You were also not eligible for the ARP if you met any of the following conditions:

  • Qualified for CalPERS membership in the Miscellaneous or Industrial categories on or after July 1, 2013.
  • Member of CalPERS prior to August 11, 2004
  • Member of a CalPERS' reciprocal retirement system within the prior six months of state employment
  • Member of the Judges' Retirement System, Judges' Retirement System II, Legislators' Retirement System, California State Teachers' Retirement System, or the University of California Retirement Plan
  • Employed by California State University (CSU Student Assistant employment does not count)
  • Employed by the California legislative or judicial branch of government
  • Eligible for CalPERS membership in the State Safety, State Patrol or State Peace Officer/Firefighter categories
  • Part-time California National Guard member who elected CalPERS membership
  • Non-resident alien employed on an F-1, J-1, M-1, or Q-1 visa and not coordinated with Social Security

Contact your department’s personnel office if you feel you were appointed to the ARP by mistake. Please review the Plan Document or the fact sheet for more information about the ARP. 

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