Considering Membership


If you have been hired by an employer covered by the South Carolina Retirement Systems and are considering which retirement plan best suits your needs or want to learn more about the retirement plan in which you are being enrolled, please see the resources within the links listed below.


By law, all state agencies, public schools, and higher education institutions are participating employers. Other political subdivisions within the state have the option of joining the Retirement Systems.

If your organization is interested in learning more about becoming a participating employer and would like for the Retirement Systems to determine your organization’s eligibility, complete an Employer Eligibility Determination Request (Form 6500) and send it, along with the requested attachments, to the Retirement Systems. Our legal staff will review your completed Form 6500 and the accompanying statute or ordinance creating your organization, articles of incorporation, and bylaws (if applicable).

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Customer Services at 803-737-6800, toll free at 800-868-9002 (within SC only), or use our online contact form.