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We encourage you to begin planning for your future by participating in Macalester’s Retirement Plan.  This plan will provide opportunity for financial growth throughout your employment with Macalester.  Macalester offers a 403(b) plan for faculty & staff invested through TIAA.

  • Employee Retirement Contribution

    All employees are eligible to contribute to the Macalester Retirement Plan on a pre-tax or a post-tax basis. There is no waiting period and all contributions are made by the participant.  Participants may also begin or change their contributions at the start of any month.

    There is an annual contribution limit per IRS regulations, and participants may contribute any amount up to their individual IRS maximum. The individual maximum is based on age, length of service, and salary.  This limit does include all pre- and post-tax contributions, but does not include Macalester contributions.

    Employee Retirement Contribution Limits

     2024 Standard Limit  2024 Age 50+ Limit
    $23,000 $30,500


  • Macalester Retirement Contribution

    For all eligible employees, Macalester College contributes 10% of the regular base salary to a retirement account with immediate vesting.  These are unmatched funds that are not dependent upon your personal contributions.  Macalester’s contributions are made on a pre-tax basis.

    To be eligible for the Macalester retirement contribution, you must:

    • Not participate in a collective bargaining unit (pension funds)
    • Have completed one year of eligible employment
    • Work 1,000+ hours per calendar year

    Macalester contributions will begin on the first day of the quarter (January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1) following your eligibility date. Please note that the one year waiting period is waived for any eligible employee who was employed by another college/university or 501(c)(3) where the employer contributed to that employee’s retirement plan within six months prior to being employed by Macalester.

  • Establishing Your Online Retirement Account & Maintaining Beneficiaries

    Visit the TIAA website to establish new user access, view individual retirement account information, and maintain beneficiaries.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Enroll or Change Your Retirement Election

    Visit the Benefits Portal to enroll or change your retirement election online. Contact Employment Services with questions.

    Assistance with Planning for Medicare

    If you are looking for information and guidance on Planning for Medicare, please contact our resource at the Breitenfeldt Group. Click here to learn more.

    Funding Allocations

    Initial contributions are default funded into a target date retirement fund utilizing your date of birth to align with the corresponding target date retirement fund.  Once enrolled, you can change allocations of existing balances and future contributions if desired to a variety of available mutual funds and annuities.

    Updating Beneficiaries

    Beneficiaries are entered, updated and maintained through your individual online account with TIAA.  New participants will be prompted to enter beneficiary information when establishing initial online account access to TIAA.

    Transferring TIAA funds

    Macalester’s contributions to your Retirement Plan cannot be transferred to separate employee contributions. With TIAA’s transfer policy, however, a participant may only transfer 10% per year for 10 years from their TIAA accumulations for all contributions made in their “traditional fund” options. Transfers can take place only once per calendar year.

    Accessing Funds

    Participants do not have access to retirement funds while actively employed by the College unless the participant is at least age 59 1/2. This includes both the employee and the Macalester employer contributions.

    Departing Macalester

    • If your account balance is less than $1,000, it can be rolled over into another existing qualified retirement account or an IRA. However, if you do not respond by the due date, your account balance will be cashed out (minus all applicable taxes) and mailed to your address on file.
    • You will receive a notice from TIAA and you must take action by contacting TIAA prior to the deadline listed in your individual notice from TIAA and let them know which option you would like to take.
    • If you do not take action, account balances of less than $7,000 will be rolled over to an IRA with Inspira Financial Trust Company.
    • Accounts with balances of less than $7,000 may be rolled into another existing qualified retirement account or cashed out and taxed accordingly.
    • Upon retirement or termination, participants may take cash distribution of up to 100% from their accounts. Exception: Dollars invested in TIAA traditional would be paid out over a ten year period unless the total amount is less than $2,000. However, it is not recommended that you cash out your retirement funds due to tax penalties.

  • Resources

  • Scheduling Individual Meetings with a TIAA Consultant

    Individual counseling sessions are provided through TIAA representatives and are available to all Macalester staff and faculty. No matter where you are in life, whether it is just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a TIAA Financial consultant can help you create a unique plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

    • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
    • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
    • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

    To schedule your individual counseling session, visit  and follow these steps to complete your registration:

    • Log in using your credentials or register for access or create a Guest access ID
    • Select Macalester as the employer
    • Select Minnesota as the state
    • Choose a meeting topic
    • The next section of “How would you like to meet” is set for “with video”
      • From here you can choose an available date you would like to meet and an available time
      • You’ll enter your preferred email address (you’ll receive a confirmation email and a reminder email)
      • And you can add any additional notes
    • You’ll click the “Confirm” button and the meeting will get scheduled!
    • If there’s an error in any part of the previous sections, you should receive a note in Red and know what to correct

  • TIAA Webinars

    Employees have access to webinars through TIAA for no cost as they are apart of our retirement plan. These webinars are generally one hour in length. Reserve your spot now by visiting Recordings of the webinars are made available 90 days after the live event.

    June 2024

    • June 12th, 2024: Charting your course: A financial guide for women
    • June 20th, 2024: The starting line: Beginning to save for retirement
    • June 25th, 2024: Take control of your financial life: 5 steps to managing money and debt
    • June 26th, 2024: SAVE Income Driven Repayment Plan

    Read more about the June 2024 Webinars

  • Plan Documents