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.
Any earnings on the contributions you make to a retirement 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. 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.*
* Before consolidating outside retirement assets with other providers, you should weigh each option carefully. You may also be able to leave money in your current plan, roll over money to an IRA, or cash out all or part of the account value. You should weigh each option carefully and its advantages and disadvantages, including desired investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment, and your unique financial needs and retirement plan. You should seek the guidance of your financial professional and tax advisor prior to consolidating assets.
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.
Investment, insurance and annuity products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, are not insured by any federal government agency, are not a condition to any banking service or activity, and may lose value.
TIAA-CREF products may be subject to market and other risk factors. See the applicable product literature, or visit www.tiaa-cref.org for details.
TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products. Annuity contracts and certificates are issued by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), New York, NY. Each is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations.