OSU/A&M Voluntary 403(b) Retirement Plan

These are important details regarding this plan.


All employees paid through the OSU/A&M payroll system are eligible to participate in the 403(b) Plan regardless of classification, percent of time employed or length of appointment.


Employees may elect to defer from a minimum amount of $15.00 a month to the OSU/A&M 403(b) Plan each calendar year up to the maximum amount allowable by law, not to exceed the limits of the federal tax code.


OSU/A&M does not make matching contributions in the 403(b) Plan.


"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.


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 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.


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 59½. Contact TIAA-CREF for additional information.
  • 90-24 Transfer
    You can directly transfer your 403(b) funds from one approved financial provider to another under your employer's retirement plan, or to another 403(b) annuity contract or mutual fund under another plan, as your plan and contract permit. This transfer is not considered a taxable distribution.
  • 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.
  • Hardship Distribution

    If your plan permits, you can withdraw your elective deferrals (but not earnings) due to financial hardship while still employed.

    • Generally, you must show an immediate, significant need that cannot be met with other resources, including loans from your retirement plan.
  • 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 to taking 10 annual payments under those terms.
  • 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 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. Contact TIAA-CREF for additional information.
  • 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.

If you're married, you may be required to get spousal consent to receive any distribution option other than a qualified joint and survivor annuity.

This 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.

This plan allows you to receive a cash withdrawal if you meet eligibility criteria. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA-CREF contracts. Taxes and penalties may apply.


Any earnings on the contributions you make to a supplemental plan grow tax deferred. The taxable income you'll pay upon withdrawing funds depends on the type of contributions you make to the plan.

If you make pretax contributions, withdrawals are fully taxable as ordinary income. If you make after-tax Roth 403(b)/401(k) contributions, the contributions are always tax free when you begin to withdraw from the plan. However, in order to receive the Roth earnings tax-free you must meet the five year seasoning period and attain age 59½ or if you are disabled. The payment of Roth 403(b)/401(k) accumulations will be on a pro-rata basis including both contributions and earnings as required by the Internal Revenue Code.

For either type of contribution, withdrawals before age 59½ are generally subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty on the taxable portion of the amount received.

Important: The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. It was written to support the promotion of the products and services addressed herein. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.


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 employers' plans, you may be able to transfer or roll them over to this plan to increase your maximum loan amount if this plan accepts rollovers.

There is a maximum of two outstanding loans per active participant.

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. Contact TIAA-CREF for additional information.