LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

These are important details regarding this plan.

ELIGIBILITY

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for participation in the Loyola University Chicago 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCRP). Starting the pay period in which you attain 60 days of employment in an eligible position, you will be automatically enrolled in the plan.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Loyola’s DCRP provides a contribution equal to 5% of salary into your plan account. Additionally, the employer will match employee contributions, up to a maximum of 5%. For example, if you contribute 5% of your salary, Loyola will also contribute an additional 5%.

Starting the pay period in which you attain 60 days of employment in an eligible position, you will be automatically enrolled in the plan and receive matching contributions. This means that amounts will be taken from your pay and contributed to the plan. These automatic contributions will be 1% of your eligible pay each pay period, and will increase by 1% each year on July 1, until they reach a maximum of 5% of salary. However, you can increase or decrease your contribution amount, or even choose not to contribute to the plan.

EMPLOYER MATCHING

Loyola will match employee contributions, up to a maximum of 5%. For example, if you contribute 5% of your salary, your employer will also contribute an additional 5%.

VESTING

"Vesting" refers to an employee's right, usually earned over time, to receive some retirement benefits regardless of whether or not they remain with the employer. Your contribution to this account will be 100% vested immediately.

INVESTMENTS

Your employer offers you a variety of investment choices from an array of asset classes. You can see a list of the investment choices under this plan on the Investment Choices page.

EXPENSES

Expenses vary from investment to investment. To learn about expenses associated with an investment, see a list of the investment choices under this plan on the Investment Choices page, and read the Fact Sheet or the prospectus for that investment.

DISTRIBUTIONS

You have a variety of options1 when it’s time to take income from this plan:

  • 59½ in Service

    You generally can withdraw funds, attributable to elective deferrals, from your account while still employed once you have reached age 59 1/2. The amount you can withdraw is subject to your plan's rules.

    For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).
     
  • Disability

    As permitted by your plan, you can withdraw elective deferrals and earnings from your retirement plan while employed by your institution but not working due to a disability.

    • To qualify you must be totally and permanently disabled, and the deferrals and earnings must have been credited to your plan on or after January 1, 1989.
       
    • Disability withdrawals are not subject to the 10% IRS penalty on withdrawals prior to age 59½.
       
  • Fixed Period

    You can choose to receive income for a set period of two to 30 years, depending on the terms of our contract and your plan's rules (and not to exceed your life expectancy).

    • Payments stop at the end of the period, during which you will have received all your principal and earnings.
For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).
 
  • Interest Only

    You can receive the current interest earned on your TIAA Traditional Account in monthly payments. Your principal remains intact while you receive the interest.

    • These payments are generally available to individuals between ages 55 and 70½ when minimum distributions are required.
       
  • Lifetime Retirement Income

    • One-life annuity — provides income for as long as you live.
       
    • Two-life annuity — provides lifetime income for you and an annuity partner (your spouse or someone else you name) for as long as either of you live.
       
    • One- or two-life annuity with guaranteed period — guarantees income for up to 20 years, as long as the period you choose does not exceed your life expectancy. It ensures that income continues to go to your beneficiaries for the remainder of the guaranteed period if you (one-life annuity) or both you and your annuity partner (two-life annuity) die before the end of that period.
  • Lump Sum

    You can withdraw all or part of your account in a single cash payment, depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contracts. (Your right to a lump-sum distribution from your TIAA Traditional Account may be restricted under those terms). For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773-508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.
     
  • Minimum Distribution Option

    Generally, you must begin taking minimum withdrawals from your account by April 1 following the year in which you turn age 70½ or retire, whichever is later.

    • This can help you defer the minimum required distribution while keeping you in compliance with federal regulations.   
  • Retirement Loan

    Some retirement plans allow you to borrow funds from your account.

    • Generally, under the Internal Revenue Code the maximum loan allowed from all your employer's plans is up to $50,000 or 50% of your vested accumulation, whichever is less. (This may be further limited by the terms of your contract.)
       
    • Borrowing funds from your retirement plan is a nontaxable event as long as you repay your loan in full.
       
  • Rollover

    If you have had an IRS-defined "triggering event," and your plan allows withdrawals, you can roll over your accumulations to another retirement plan that will accept them or to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

    • Direct rollovers — from one account to another — are nontaxable and not reported as income to the federal government. Your plan's rules specify when you are eligible for a distribution.
For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).
 
  • Retirement Transition Benefit

    If your contract allows, you can withdraw, in cash, up to 10% of your accumulation at the beginning of a conversion to lifetime annuity income. The amount you withdraw will reduce your lifetime annuity income accordingly.
  • Single-Sum Death Benefit

     A set amount your beneficiary(ies) will receive from your retirement account if you die before taking income.
     
  • Small-Sum Distribution

    If your plan doesn't otherwise allow cash distributions, upon separation from service you can withdraw your entire retirement savings if your TIAA Traditional Account value does not exceed $2,000 and your overall account balance is below a limit set by your employer's plan (typically $4,000). If your plan does allow cash distributions, upon separation you may be able to withdraw your TIAA Traditional accumulation if the value does not exceed $2,000.
For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

  • Systematic Withdrawals

    If your plan allows, you can choose to receive regular income payments (minimum $100) on a semimonthly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis. You can increase, decrease or suspend the payments at any time.

    • These withdrawals are not available from TIAA Traditional Account balances.
       
  • TPA to Cash

    If your plan allows, you can withdraw your TIAA Traditional Account accumulation through a Transfer Payout Annuity (TPA) in 10 approximately equal annual payments. A lump-sum payment, subject to a surrender fee, may be available depending on your plan rules and the terms of your contract.

    For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).
1The availability of certain distributions may depend on the type of contract underlying your plan. Also, if you're married, your right to choose an option may be subject to your spouses right to survivor benefits. For details, contact The Retirement Center directly at 773 508-2770, (On Campus dial: 8-2770), Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Your Loyola University Chicago Defined Contribution Retirement Plan is designed to provide you with income throughout your retirement. Leaving money in your account may allow the funds to grow on a tax-deferred basis. The Loyola University Chicago Defined Contribution Retirement Plan allows you to receive a cash withdrawal. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA-CREF contracts taxes and penalties may apply.

TAXATION

Because you make contributions with pretax dollars, federal income taxes are deferred until you begin taking withdrawals later on.

No taxes are due on contributions and earnings until the money is withdrawn, but because these plans are intended primarily for retirement, you can generally withdraw funds only after termination of employment (subject to plan rules).

For additional information and guidance, contact your tax advisor.

LOANS

Loans are available from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $50,000 from each employer. How much you can borrow depends on the amount you currently have in the plan and whether you have other outstanding loans. If you have accumulations in other employer's plans, you may be able to transfer or roll them over to the Retirement Annuity to increase your maximum loan amount if Retirement accepts rollovers.

The following sources are available for loans:

  • Rollover
  • Employee Pre-tax
  • Employee After-tax


1 The availability of certain distributions may depend on the type of contract underlying your plan. Also, if you're married, your right to choose an option may be subject to your spouse's right to survivor benefits. Talk to your benefits office for details.

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