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At the University of Nebraska, we have three retirement plans: 

Basic Retirement 401(a)

Plan Qualifications

To participate, an employee must meet the following requirements: 

  • Age 26 years or older
  • Employed in a regular position at 50% FTE or greater
  • Completed two years of qualified service with an educational institution ;whose primary purpose or activity provided a formalized program of education. Undergraduate student, work-study, on-call, fellowships and internships do not qualify. Previous eligible University of Nebraska service would also apply. It is imperative that you turn in a Record of Prior Service Form if you have ANY work experience from an educational institution that might help you qualify for the 401(a) Retirement Savings Account.

Record of Prior Service for Basic Retirement Plan 401(a) Application

Basic Retirement Plan 401(a) Tier Election Form

Basic Retirement Plan 401(a) Allocation Change Form

Semi-annual enrollment periods

February 1 and September 1. If you have no previous educational service, you will be able to participate in the 401(a) Plan on the first semi-annual enrollment date after completing your two years of service. 

Supplemental Retirement 403(b) Plan

This plan may be started by an eligible employee at any time. On-call, student workers and graduate students are not eligible. The 403(b) form must be turned into our office the month prior to starting the contributions. The 403(b) plan is the only one of our three retirement plans that has the option of a post-tax (Roth) contribution.

Supplemental Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program Pretax Salary Reduction / Roth Deduction Agreement

Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan

This plan may be started by an eligible employee as long as they have elected to contribute the IRS maximum limit for the 403(b) Plan. 

Deferred Compensation Retirement 457(b) Plan Salary Reduction Agreement

Retirement Plan Loans

Participants may borrow Basic Retirement 401(a) Plan funds via loan from Fidelity Investments or TIAA. Loans will be authorized only for the eviction and foreclosure of a primary residence. You may have only one Basic Retirement 401(a) loan at a time. Minimum loan amount is $1,000. To request a loan, submit the basic Retirement 401(a) Plan Loan Application and documentation to support the loan request (eviction or foreclosure notice) to your Campus Benefits Office. 

Participants may borrow Supplemental Retirement 403(b) Plan funds via loan from Fidelity Investments or TIAA. The minimum loan amount from the 403(b) plan is $1,000 and cannot exceed greater than one-half the combined Fidelity and TIAA 403(b) plan account balance. To request a loan, employees should submit the Supplemental Retirement 403(b) Plan Loan Application to the Campus Benefits Office. 

Supplemental Retirement 403(b) Plan Loan Application

All of this information in addition to information for Retiring Employees can be found at the University of Nebraska Benefits website

Plan for Your Retirement:

2021 Annual Limits 

The IRS has announced the 2021 annual limits for the 403(b) and the 457(b) retirement plans. The 2020 maximums are as follows:

For the 403(b) plan, the annual limit is $19,500 for those under the age of 50 and $26,000 for those 50 and older.

For the 457(b) plan, the annual limit is $19,500 for those under the age of 50 and $26,000 for those 50 and older. In order to participate in the 457(b) plan, a faculty or staff member must be on target to max out their 403(b) plan for the 2020 year.