Iowa State University

ISU 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

Plan information

Iowa State University offers this plan as part of workplace benefits. Now is a great time to understand what is offered - think about taking advantage of any opportunities to save and invest for the future.

Learn what plans allow eligible employees to do.

This plan allows eligible employees to:

  • Set aside money towards their retirement
  • Make Roth contributions that can grow tax-free
  • Receive a match from Iowa State University on some or all of their contributions. Contact TIAA at 800-842-2252 for match details.

Contact your benefits office to learn more.

Contributions to this account will be 100% vested immediately.

LOANS

ISU 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan does not offer a loan feature.

DISTRIBUTIONS

Age based distribution

Your employer will typically allow you to withdraw funds once you've reached 70.50.

Lump-sum distribution

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 periodic payments under the terms of the contract. Please refer to your contract or certificate for full details or contact us at 800-842-2252.

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.

Single-sum death benefit

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

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.

Unforeseeable emergency

To withdraw money for an emergency with a 457(b) plan requires you to meet the rules for an Unforeseeable Emergency withdrawal. The IRS defines an unforeseeable emergency as a severe financial hardship to the participant or beneficiary resulting from, but not limited to:

  • A sudden and unexpected illness or accident of the participant, a beneficiary, or the participant’s or beneficiary’s spouse or dependent.
  • Loss of the participant’s or beneficiary’s property due to casualty.
  • Imminent foreclosure or eviction from the participant’s or beneficiary’s primary residence
  • Medical expenses, including non-refundable deductibles and the cost of prescription drug medication
  • Funeral expenses of a spouse or dependent
  • Other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the participant or beneficiary.

Please note that an unforeseeable emergency does not typically include the purchase of a home or payment of college tuition.

Generally, withdrawals are permitted if the hardship can’t be solved:

  • Through reimbursement or compensation from insurance or otherwise;
  • By liquidating or accessing personal assets including those associated with freely distributable amounts held in retirement and tax-sheltered savings plans (to the extent this would not itself cause a severe financial hardship); or
  • By stopping deferrals under the plan.

DB service credits

Plan participants may consider purchasing service credits when they directly transfer from a Section 403(b) tax sheltered annuity or governmental 457(b) plan to a governmental defined benefit plan allows the purchase of "permissive service credits."

A permissive service credit is credit for a period of service recognized by a defined benefit governmental plan only if you voluntarily contribute to the plan an amount that does not exceed the amount necessary to fund the benefit attributable to the period of service and the amount contributed is in addition to the regular employee contribution, if any, under the plan.
A permissive service credit may also include service credit for up to 5 years where there is no performance of service, or service credited to provide an increased benefit for service credit which a participant is receiving under the plan.

When purchasing service credits, keep in mind:

  • The request for purchasing service credits is most often accomplished via a direct transfer from either a qualified or non-qualified plan.
  • For example, permissive service credit can be granted for time spent teaching outside of the United States without being considered non-qualified service credit.
  • If an institution does not allow participants to purchase service credits, they must meet a triggering event at which point the transaction can be processed (Per Plan Rules). The request would need to be processed as a rollover and financial forms are required.

457(b) In-service, non-hardship employee withdrawals

Some companies will allow active employees participating in a qualified employer retirement plan to withdraw a portion of their plan’s account balance upon request, without demonstrating a specific financial need - it’s called an “in-service withdrawal” or an “in-service distribution.” In service means you are still working for the employer sponsoring the plan.

When considering an in-service withdrawal, keep in mind:

  • You may be able to roll the money over to another IRA or qualified plan or annuity without tax penalty, if you do so within 60 days.
  • The in-service rule usually only allows payment of the employee’s money, but if you are terminated, you may be eligible for some matching funds.

For plans with balances of $5,000 or less, the following must be true in order to make 457(b) In-service withdrawals:

  • You must still be employed
  • You must not have made contributions within the last 24 months
  • You must not have made this type of withdrawal request before

Please note that 457(b) In-service withdrawals may not always be at the discretion of the employer or specific to this plan.

Forced distributions

A forced distribution allows a former employer to close retirement benefit accounts with a balance of less than $1,000 after you leave service. If your balance is higher than $1,000, you cannot be forced from the plan and you can leave your balance in it.
Additionally, retirement benefit accounts with a balance from $1,000 to $5,000 may be automatically rolled over to an IRA, unless you choose to take cash or make a different direct rollover.

Rollover

Prior to rolling over, consider your options. You may be able to leave money in your current plan or withdraw cash. Compare the differences in investment options, services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, other plan features, and tax treatment.

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.

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. This may be restricted by the terms of your TIAA contracts. Taxes and penalties may apply.

Understanding investment fees

Your financial well-being is TIAA's top priority and we are committed to helping you make informed decisions. Fees should be just one factor in your decision-making process since the lowest cost option may not be the best one for you.

Cost of plan services

Fees and expenses have always been part of a retirement savings plan-some fees are associated with the administration of the plan and may be covered by your employer, while others are paid by you based on the specific investments and services you choose. The following three categories of services are provided to your plan:

1. General record keeping and other plan services

Over the course of a year you pay for services like record keeping.

Many services are necessary for the day-to-day operation of your employer's retirement plan. General administrative services include recordkeeping, legal, accounting, consulting, investment advisory and other plan administration services. Some of these expenses are fixed and other expenses may vary from year to year. These costs are allocated to each participant in a uniform way.

A Services Fee is assessed to certain investments and deducted on a Quarterly basis. Details related to Plan Services Fees assessed to plan investments are listed in your Quarterly Investment UpdateOpens in a new window.

Your Plan provides credits to certain investments on a Quarterly basis, so that plan participants share equally in the cost of your Plan's record keeping and other plan services.

2. Specific investment services
You pay only for what you use.
Each investment offered within the plan charges a fee for managing the investment and for associated services. But you pay only for the investments you actually use and in proportion to the amount of your investment. These fees are not deducted directly from your account; they are paid indirectly through the investment's "expense ratio". The specific expense ratio for each plan designated investment option is listed in your Quarterly Investment UpdateOpens in a new window.

3. Personalized services

You can opt for extra features, like loan services.

Personalized services provide access to a number of plan features and investments that you pay for, only if you use them. The personalized services used most often are:

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)
No additional charge
Sales charges, purchase, withdrawal and redemption fees for certain investments
Certain charges may apply. For additional information, see Quarterly Investment UpdateOpens in a new window.

More information about retirement plan fees and expenses is available at TIAA.org/feesOpens in a new window.

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