Supplemental Retirement Plans

NIU employees have access to two supplemental retirement plans, 403(b) and 457(b). Both plans have pre-tax and Roth after-tax options.

Pre-tax and After-tax Options

With the tax-deferred option, your contributions are made on a pre-tax basis and are not reported on your W-2 statement. After the age of 59 1/2, you can request a qualified distribution, which will be taxed when distributed.

With the Roth after-tax option, your contributions are included in your taxable income. Earnings are tax-free if they're part of a qualified distribution. After the age of 59 1/2, you can request a qualified distribution at least five years from the year of your first contribution.

Contribution Limit

The IRS contribution limit for both plans together for 2018 is $19,000. There is an over age 50 catch-up limit of $6,000.

Plan Types

403(b) Plan

NIU administers the 403(b) plan. Contributions can be a percentage or a flat dollar amount, and are deducted from your paycheck. You must contribute a minimum of $10 per pay period. You have legal ownership of the account.

To enroll, follow these steps:

  1. Choose an approved vendor and enroll on their website:
  1. Complete the NIU Salary Contribution Agreement Form (PDF) and email it to humanresources@niu.edu or fax it to 815-753-6074.

You can change your contribution by submitting a new NIU Salary Contribution Agreement Form (PDF).

Get more information about the 403(b) plan by meeting with an agent from an approved vendor.

Fidelity Investments

Bob Intoccia and Nicholas Camarella will be holding virtual appointments on the following dates:

  • August 18, 2020 
  • September 28, 2020
  • October 22, 2020
  • November 3, 2020 

Make an appointment with Fidelity online or by calling 800-642-7131.

TIAA

Patrick Windle and Jennifer McClure will be holding virtual appointments on the following dates:

  • August 11, 2020 
  • September 3, 2020 
  • October 13, 2020 
  • November 19, 2020
  • December 17, 2020

Make an appointment with TIAA online or by calling 800-732-8353.

457(b) Plan

The 457(b) plan is administered by the state of Illinois/Central Management Services (CMS). The provider is T. Rowe Price. Learn more about this deferred compensation plan on the CMS website.

Contributions of a flat dollar amount are deducted from your paycheck. You must contribute a minimum of $10 per pay period.

To enroll in, make contribution changes, or stop participating in the State Employees 457B program, visit the T. Rowe Price website or call 1-888-457-5770 to speak with a T. Rowe Price representative on business days between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. central time.

Approved Vendors

Contact Us

Human Resource Services
Human Resources/Document Services Building
1515 West Lincoln Highway
P: 815-753-6000
F: 815-753-2335
humanresources@niu.edu

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