Rochester 403(b) Program

University of Rochester 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. 
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Employee Voluntary Contributions: The Program allows all employees of the University of Rochester to make Voluntary Contributions. To make Voluntary Contributions, you must first enter into an agreement with the University to reduce your salary by the amount of your contributions and decide whether to make pre-tax contributions towards your retirement and/or make Roth contributions that can grow tax-free.

Auto-Enrollment and Auto-Escalation: Newly hired or rehired, regular full-time and regular part-time faculty and staff* members will automatically be enrolled to make Voluntary Contributions. Automatic contributions will be made from your pre-tax eligible compensation each pay period at 3%. Effective July 1, 2020 your salary deferral election will increase 1% annually on the anniversary of your hire date to a maximum of 15%. You may elect to change or cease contributions at any time. 

University's Direct Contribution: Voluntary Contributions are not required for you to receive the University's Direct Contribution. Once you have met your eligibility requirements, the University makes a Direct Contribution to the Retirement Program on your behalf each Plan Year that you are scheduled to complete or actually complete 1,000 or more hours of service.

The University's Direct Contribution is related to your eligible compensation** during the Plan Year (July 1 - June 30). The University will provide a 6.2% contribution up to a breakpoint of $63,100, then 10.5% contribution in excess of the breakpoint, up to the IRS compensation limit of $290,000.

*Employees will not be automatically enrolled in Voluntary Contributions if they are departmental fellows, interns, residents, fellows, postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postdoctoral teaching fellows, EDC associates non-GFT clinical faculty, visiting faculty, adjunct/per session faculty, part-time assistant coaches, in-house agency nurses, in-house operating room technicians, leased employees, students whose employment is incidental to their education at the University or the University treats them as independent contractors (regardless of their actual status).

** Eligible compensation means gross wages, defined below. Eligible compensation shall not include any amount in excess of the limit imposed by Code Section 401(a)(17) as of the start of each Plan Year.

Gross wages means total remuneration reported in Box 1 of Form W-2 that is paid to an Eligible Employee for personal services actually rendered, plus the Eligible Employee's pretax elective deferrals under the University’s Code Section 125, 403(b) and 457(b) plans, but excluding wellness incentives, tuition assistance, taxable relocation assistance, sign-on bonuses, long-term disability benefits, severance benefits and forms of extra remuneration not related to actual services.

The University of Rochester Retirement Program is not a matching plan. The Retirement Program does not require employee contributions in order to receive the University Direct Contribution.
Contributions to this account will be 100% vested immediately.

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