Faculty and staff may contribute to the Villanova University 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan upon date of hire. After one year of full-time service and attainment of age 21, eligible full time faculty and staff may receive University contributions. The University selected TIAA-CREF as the single record keeper for the plan. Investment funds are available with TIAA-CREF and/or The Vanguard Group. If the new employee was employed by a non-profit institution, university, or governmental employer for at least one year immediately prior to employment at Villanova University, and the new employee participated in an employer-funded retirement plan for all or a portion of this employment, the one year requirement will be waived upon providing satisfactory proof to the University of the prior employment and participation by completing the Prior Employer Certification Form.
If you move from a part time to a full time position, HR will calculate an adjusted date of hire, where appropriate, that will be used for tuition, retirement eligibility and vacation entitlement. If you previously worked for Villanova and were rehired, previous service may be applied to retirement plan eligibility.
Employees who are not eligible for University contributions may contribute to the plan at any time. Employee contributions that are not matched are considered “supplemental” contributions. If an employee makes supplemental contributions to the plan and then satisfies the service and age requirements, TIAA-CREF will automatically change the supplemental contributions to “basic” contributions so the employee receives the appropriate University base and matching contribution. Employees who are eligible to receive University base and matching contributions may contribute more than 5% to the plan. These contributions are considered “supplemental” contributions because they are not eligible for University base and matching contributions. The savings and the earnings from all plan investments are not subject to income tax until the benefits are withdrawn.