Beneficiary Designation

Don’t leave your loved ones with a financial mess! Designate your beneficiary for your life insurance and retirement accounts! So many accounts – who do I contact? It’s all right here!

When an ACC Employee dies

In the event of death, ACC no longer accepts beneficiary designation forms for an employee’s final paycheck. ACC will distribute the final paycheck to the legally authorized representative of the deceased employee. Contact the HR Benefits office if you need assistance.

Final ACC Paycheck Process

Review the following information about pay and benefits in the unfortunate event that an ACC employee passes away:

Life Insurance

The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) administers insurance benefits for ACC employees, including life insurance. You must log in to your ERS OnLine account to designate your beneficiary. Once you designate your beneficiary, ERS will email a PDF of your beneficiary designation to the email address they have on file. To complete the designation process, print, sign, have witnessed, and return the designation form to ERS. Do not return this form to HR Benefits. You will receive a second email from ERS confirming the completion of your beneficiary designation. Log in to ERS OnLine.

Read more about designating your life insurance beneficiary.

Retirement Accounts

403(b) & 457 Plans

All ACC employees are eligible to participate in 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities (TSA) and 457 Deferred Compensation Plans. You must contact each vendor to designate or update your beneficiaries. See the approved vendor lists below for vendor contact information. HR Benefits does not accept or administer beneficiary designation forms for these accounts.

Austin Community College Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP)

The ACCMPP is the retirement plan available to hourly employees and adjunct faculty. Complete the form below and return to the plan administrator:

Merkley Newman and McLaws, Inc.
PO Box 5028
Mesa, AZ 85211

Email: merkley@mnmpensions.com

Unmarried participants complete the first page of the form only. Married participants must have their spouse complete the second page of the form and have it notarized. Please see the Notary Services section below.

Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)

ORP is a retirement option available to full-time faculty and administrators in lieu of TRS. You must contact each vendor to designate or update your beneficiaries. See the approved vendor list below for contact information. HR Benefits does not accept nor administer beneficiary designation forms for these accounts.

ORP Authorized Vendor List

Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

Staffing table employees are eligible to participate in TRS, except for retirees and employees who have elected ORP. You must complete the form below and mail to TRS. Please do not return this form to HR Benefits. 

Designation of Beneficiary Form (PDF)

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