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As much as possible, the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been written in non-technical terms, avoiding the formal language of the retirement laws, rules and regulations. Any conflict between the information contained in any of the following FAQs and those retirement laws, rules and regulations must be resolved pursuant to the governing statutes, rules and regulations.

If questions about interpretation arise as a result of the attempt to make the retirement provisions easy to understand, Chapters 2, 4, and parts of 7 of Title 24 of the Arkansas Code Annotated (1987), as amended, must remain the final authority.

The information provided in the following FAQs is based on the Arkansas Retirement System laws and rules in existence at the time the following FAQs were published and any FAQ is subject to future modification based on changes in the law.


Retirement Benefit Options

Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)

Partial Annuity Withdrawal (PAW)

Early Retirement and Disability

Returning to Work After Retiring

Purchasing Service

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

Contributory and non-contributory handbooks and more can be found on the Publications page.