PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

These are important details regarding this plan.

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to participate immediately upon hire if you are:

  • A tenure-track or clinical faculty member;
  • An instructor, or
  • A senior management, management or professional staff member.

Retirement contributions will be made on your behalf beginning with your first day of employment in an eligible position.

You are eligible to participate after 3 years of continuous employment at Purdue University if you are:

  • An administrative supervisory, or professional assistant,
  • A continuing lecturer, or cooperative extension educator.
However, if you have fully-vested, employer-funded contracts in force from a higher education institution (including any you may have in force through previous employment at Purdue), you may participate right away. Additionally, if you are currently participating in the PERFretirement plan through Purdue and move to a TIAA-CREF eligible position, you will begin to participate right away.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Compared to other universities in the United States, Purdue makes one of the most generous contributions to its employee retirement plans. Here's the university's funding formula:

  • For the first $9,000 of budgeted annual pay, 11%; and
  • For amounts over $9,000, 15%

These amounts are annualized and you receive a consistent monthly contribution.

For academic-year faculty and staff, Purdue contributes 15 percent of salary received during the summer.

During a sabbatical leave, military leave, or faculty exchange leave with partial pay, the university continues its contributions on the basis of the full budgeted salary.

EMPLOYER MATCHING

Purdue University does not make matching contributions with this plan since the full contribution is made by Purdue.

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:

  • 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.
       
  • 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.
       
  • Limited Periodic Option

    If you're over age 55, you can withdraw cash up to 7% of your holdings in the CREF and TIAA Real Estate accounts.

    • Currently available only in plans funded with TIAA-CREF group retirement annuity [GRA] contracts that don't allow CREF cash.
       
  • 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. Talk to your benefits office for details.
     
  • 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.
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.

TAXATION

Retirement plan contributions are usually made with before-tax dollars, so federal income taxes are deferred until you begin taking withdrawals later on.

No taxes are due on pretax contributions and earnings made until the money is withdrawn, but because these plans are intended primarily for retirement, you can generally withdraw funds only after termination of employment or age 59½ (subject to plan rules). If you withdraw funds before age 59½, they may be subject to an additional 10% early-withdrawal penalty.

For additional information and guidance, contact your tax advisor.

LOANS

This plan does not offer a loan feature.


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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