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Part Time Staff: 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

Pace University offers a retirement program to assist you in building financial security. The retirement plan provides you with an opportunity to make contributions to tax sheltered investments for the purpose of accumulating retirement income.

Participation in the plan begins on the first of the month following meeting the eligibility criteria and completion of necessary enrollment materials.

Employees may direct the investment of their own contributions to their TIAA. Please review the investment choices available to you by contacting TIAA directly using the number below or by visiting the TIAA website.

  • Investment Carrier: TIAA
  • Website:
  • Telephone Number: (800) 842-2776

The maximum that you can contribute is subject to IRS statutory limitations. Effective January 1, 2020, employees will be able to contribute a maximum of $19,500 per year, which includes your contributions to the other retirement plans sponsored by other employers. If you are over the age of 50, you may also be eligible to contribute an additional $6,500. Please contact the University Benefits office to determine your maximum contribution.

Participants in the plans should maintain their ID and password information in a secure manner. Participants should also review confirmation letters and statements from the selected investment carriers in a timely manner for accuracy and completeness.

Eligibility for Employee Contribution

All employees are eligible to contribute to the plan except for students, visiting faculty and those deemed to be independent contractors. Simply complete a Salary Reduction Agreement Form (PDF), and return it to the University Benefits at (or via the helpdesk). For employees joining for the first time, please see the bottom of the form for instructions on setting up an account with TIAA.

Summary Plan Description

Tax Advantage

  • Your contributions to the plan are not subject to federal state and local income tax, as governed under section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Investment earnings that accumulate are tax deferred, until withdrawn. Your investment returns grow faster because they are not taxed each year.

Enrollment Considerations

  • You must complete the necessary enrollment and payroll authorization forms to participate in the retirement program. Any contributions that you make are tax deferred and are subject to a statutory IRS annual limit.
  • You are responsible to ensure that all contributions that you make to any employer sponsored retirement programs outside of Pace University are accounted for when computing your maximum allowable contributions under IRS statutory limitations.
  • Once you join the retirement plan, your contributions will continue and roll-over from year to year.
  • You decide how to allocate the investment of your contributions. Any changes to your investment strategies can be addressed directly with your investment carrier(s).

BlackRock LifePath Target Date Funds

TIAA has been selected by Pace University as the investment provider for your Plan contributions. The Plan lets you invest your account in a number of different investment funds.  Unless you choose a different investment fund or funds, your Plan account will be invested in the default investment option for the Pace University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, which is the age-based BlackRock LifePath Target Date Fund that corresponds to your estimated date of retirement.  The BlackRock LifePath Target Date Funds provide a ready-made diversified portfolio emphasizing cash and fixed income elements as the funds approach their target date.  The allocation strategy for the underlying equity, fixed-income and short-term mutual funds is based on the number of years expected to reach the target retirement date.  These funds seek to provide high total returns until the target retirement date.  Each fund’s goal will be to seek high current income and, as a secondary objective, capital appreciation.  Each fund’s target asset allocation percentages will automatically change over time to become more conservative by gradually reducing the allocation to equity funds and increasing the allocation to fixed-income and short-term funds.  If the default investment fund changes at any time in the future, you will be notified.

The fact sheet (PDF) for the BlackRock LifePath Target Date Fund provides additional information, including the investment objectives, risk and return characteristics, and fees and expenses of the funds. You can obtain updated information on fee expenses and a more detailed explanation of the TIAA Lifecycle Funds, or by contacting TIAA at 1 (800) 842-2776.

As required by the Department of Labor, please see the 2017 Summary Annual Reports (SAR) (PDF) for the Pace University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan.