Regular Retirement Plan 403(b)
Beginning on the first day of the month following employment, employees may participate in the Regular Retirement Plan and have contributions directed to TIAA-CREF, and/or The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies.
Beginning on the first day of the month following an employee's completion of one year of service, the University will contribute 7 percent of employees' salary (and also stipends for department chairs and program directors) to the retirement plan. In addition, the University will match the contribution of each participant who has satisfied the one-year requirement up to a maximum of 3 percent. The employee may contribute an amount in excess of 3 percent within the limitations of the Internal Revenue Code. The University will make contributions to the plan only if the employee completes the required forms.
Effective June 1, 2012, the University will introduce a three-year cliff vesting schedule for new employees. The term "vesting" is used to define the percentage of an account balance to which a participant is entitled. A three-year cliff vesting schedule means the participant is zero percent vested after years one and two, and then 100% vested after completing three years (36 months) of benefit eligible service. Vesting only applies to University contributions, including matching contributions. Any monies that a participant contributes are immediately fully vested.
Employees whose employment commenced or whose appointment letters from the University are dated prior to June 1, 2012 will not be subject to the new vesting schedule and will continue to be 100% vested in the 403(b) Plan, which means that such employees have full ownership rights to their account balances, future contributions and earnings even if they leave the University.
An employee whose employment commences on or after June 1, 2012 (and who did not have an appointment letter dated prior to June 1, 2012) will be subject to the three-year cliff vesting schedule.
Employees who were employed by a public or private educational institution offering a baccalaureate or advanced degree will be credited with their service at that institution for the purpose of vesting.
Default Enrollment in the Regular Retirement Plan 403(b)
Effective June 1, 2012, employees who have not enrolled in the Regular Retirement Plan by their eligibility date will be automatically enrolled in the Regular Retirement Plan. (Full-time employees are eligible for University contributions to the Regular Retirement Plan on the first day of the month following their completion of one year of service. Employees who previously were employed on a full-time basis in a public or private educational institution offering a baccalaureate or advanced degree will be credited with their service at that institution for purposes of the one year waiting period for the University contribution.) The University's contribution of 7 percent will be deposited into a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund. Each Target Retirement Fund is age-specific, and provides a ready-made diversified portfolio that adjusts over time, based on the employee's projected retirement date.
Supplemental Retirement Plan
Employees may begin participation in the Supplemental Retirement Plan on the first day of the month following employment by making tax deferred contributions directed to TIAA-CREF, and/or The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies. The University does not contribute to this plan.
Booklets describing the retirement plans and the various investment options are available in the Human Resources Office.
Note: Employees, who are currently participating with Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. may continue to do so. Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. is not available to employees who are not currently investing with them.
Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b)
The Section 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan is an additional retirement plan that allows employees to contribute amounts over and above the limits imposed on the University's Regular and Supplemental Retirement Plans. Enrollment shall be effective on or after the first day of the month following the date the required forms are received by the Human Resources Office.
Effective June 1, 2012, the University will no longer contribute to the 457(b) non-qualified tax-deferred compensation plan
To participate in this plan, an employee must be eligible to participate in the University's Regular Retirement Plan or Supplemental Retirement Plan and must contribute the maximum amount permitted by law to those plans. The investment options under this plan include all the funds currently offered by TIAA-CREF under the retirement plans. Enrollment packets for this plan are available in the Human Resources Office.
Mortgages and Refinancing
Employees are offered mortgage, home equity and title insurance products, at reduced rates and fees. Information is available in the Human Resources Office.
Social Security and Medicare
All employees are required to participate in the Social Security Program under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). The contribution, which is established by law, is deducted from the paycheck, and the University contributes an equal amount.