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TDA plan

Plan features

Welcome to your TDA retirement plan. Click below to view the features and highlights of your employer’s retirement plan.

The plan highlights are only a brief overview of the plan's features and are not a legally binding document. The information in this section does not modify the terms of the plan and in the event of a conflict, the terms of the plan control.

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All employees of the Texas A&M University System are eligible to participate in the TDA plan.

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Contributions

Employee contributions

Contribution Limit

You may increase or decrease the amount you contribute to the plan as often as your employer allows.

You have a choice regarding your elective contributions to your workplace 403(b) plan. You can direct all of your contributions to a traditional pretax account, to a Roth account or to a combination of the two. Contributions to a Roth account are after-tax. Regardless of your election, you are subject to the annual contribution limits detailed previously.

Additional catch-up contributions
You might be eligible to contribute additional catch-up contributions if you meet the following conditions: 

Catch-up contributions

Catch-up contributions will be allocated first to the special 403(b) years of service catch-up and next as an Age 50 based catch-up contribution. Contact your financial advisor for more details.
 

Stop/change contributions

You may change your contribution amount or discontinue contributing to your plan at any time and resume contributing again later, subject to your employer’s plan provisions. In the meantime, your account will continue to grow on a tax-deferred basis. 

Vesting

Vesting refers to the length of service required for you to own the money deposited into your account. You are always 100% vested in your own contributions.

Accessing your money before retirement

Withdrawals

Money can be withdrawn from your 403(b) plan in these events:

  • Attaining age 59½

  • Retirement or separation from service (distributions where the employee retires or separates from service on or after age 55 are not subject to the 10% early withdrawal federal tax penalty)

  • Your death or total disability

  • Hardship withdrawals (employee contributions only)

In addition, you must begin taking distributions once you reach age 70½ or you retire, whichever is later.

Bear in mind that income taxes are payable upon withdrawal.

VALIC offers many distribution options, allowing you to tailor your benefits to meet your individual needs. Depending on your employer’s plan provisions, your withdrawal options include:

  • Transferring or rolling over your vested account balance to another tax-advantaged plan that accepts rollovers

  • Receiving systematic withdrawals

  • Taking a lump-sum distribution

  • Choosing one of the many annuity options available from VALIC

  • Deferring distributions until a later date (but no later than attainment of age 70½) if you are no longer working for the employer sponsoring the plan, allowing your account to continue to grow tax deferred.

Generally, income taxes must be paid on all amounts you withdraw from your plan. A 10% federal tax penalty for early withdrawal may apply to distributions taken prior to attainment of age 59½.

Qualified distributions from a Roth account are tax-free. Generally, a qualified Roth distribution is a distribution that:

  1. is made five tax years or more following the date the
    first Roth contribution was made to the plan and

  2. is made after attainment of age 59½, death or disability. 

Loans

The VALIC loan provision makes it possible for you to access your account, subject to certain limitations, without permanently reducing your account balance. Defaulted loan amounts (not repaid on time) will be taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty if you are under age 59½. Loans are available on employee elective deferrals only.

An array of investment choices

The following funds are available in your retirement plan. They provide you with the flexibility you need to create a suitably diversified portfolio that matches your personal retirement time horizon, investment risk tolerance and investment preferences.

Mutual fund performance:
 

Annuity performance:

For mutual fund: To view or print a prospectus, access “Prospectuses and Other Important Materials”. The prospectus contains the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information about the respective investment companies that you should consider carefully before investing. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money. You can also request a copy by calling 1-800-428-2542.

For annuity: To obtain a Portfolio Director prospectus and underlying fund prospectuses, visit www.valic.com or call 1-800-428-2542 and follow the prompts. The prospectuses contain the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information about the respective investment company that you should consider carefully before investing. Please read the prospectuses carefully before investing or sending money. Policy Form Series UIT-194, UITG-194 and UITG-194P.