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What's New!

​​​DePaul University announces the following changes to DePaul's 403(b) retirement plan:

  • 403(b) Plan Updates Related to the COVID-19 National Emergency
    DePaul’s 403(b) match contribution will change from 10 to 5 percent effective for pay periods after October 1, 2020. This is anticipated to be a temporary measure and will be reevaluated at the end of the fiscal year. There have also been changes related to 403(b) plan withdrawals through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (Find more details here​.)

  • Fund Changes in January 2020
    Effective January 31, 2020, DePaul University has elected to make a number of investment option changes as outlined in this notice: January 2020 Fund changes.

  • Important Note: Effective January 30, 2020, four of the CREF variable annuity account options at TIAA will be frozen to new contributions. Current balances may remain in those investment options, but no new contributions or transfers-in may be made after January 30th.

    No action is necessary to effect these fund changes, but you should read the notice carefully and evaluate your retirement savings goals and investment allocations to understand how these changes impact you.

Automatic Increase Program

Beginning in January 2019, DePaul University 403(b) Retirement Plan implemented an Automatic Increase Program, designed to promote a higher savings rate among our participants, and in line with best practices in the retirement plan industry. This program affects any employees currently enrolled in the 403(b) Plan at a savings rate under 10%, and notices were issued directly by Fidelity, our Master Plan Administrator, regardless if you have your current 403(b) account balance with TIAA or Fidelity. Any employees not currently contributing to the plan, or those who are already enrolled in an automatic rate increase, were not be impacted.

The program will automatically increase your savings rate in increments of 1% each January, until you reach the target savings rate of 10%. You may opt out at any time, change the timing of this automatic increase, or change your savings rate, by logging into or calling Fidelity at 1-800-343-0860.

The program will not change the direction of your contributions from TIAA if that is your current election. For example, if you are currently contributing 5% to TIAA, in January 2019, your savings rate to TIAA will increase to 6%, unless you make a change by logging into the NetBenefits site. Or, if you are splitting your contributions to Fidelity and TIAA, this program will not alter that allocation election.

You do not have to take any action if you wish to have your savings rate increased in January. The increased rate took effect on the first full pay cycle in January, which was the check dated January 18, 2019.

Past plan changes to DePaul's 403(b) retirement plan include the following:

  • Plan Changes
    Effective October 1, 2017, there were plan changes regarding fee allocations and investment options. Review the full notice for details.

    Check out the October 2017 Plan Change FAQ page for more information.

Find out more about changing your 403(b) plan elections.