If you have between 2 and 3 years of service, the employer contribution will 4.5%. If you have between 3 and 4 years of service, the employer contribution will be 7%. If you have more than 4 years of service, the employer contribution will be 10%.
Please note: If you are vested in a prior employer sponsored retirement plan (see the Eligibility section) then the contribution schedule may begin on the first of the month following your eligibility date.
Please refer to the Contributions section for information.
"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:
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. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA-CREF contracts. Taxes and penalties may apply.
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. The maximum loan amount available to you is calculated based on the total accumulations in your contract.
Important: TIAA-CREF doesn't offer loans on Roth accumulations in 403(b)/401(k) plans. Roth accumulations will be excluded from the collateral when the loan is issued.
If you have accumulations in other employers' plans, you may be able to transfer or roll them over to this plan in order to increase your maximum loan amount if this plan allows it.*
* Prior to initiating a transfer of assets, be sure to carefully consider differences in features, costs, charges and expenses, services, company strength and other important aspects. There may also be surrender charges and tax consequences associated with the transfer. Indirect transfers may be subject to taxation and penalties. Consult with your own advisors regarding your particular situation.
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.