Retirement Supplemental Plans

Supplemental Retirement Accounts (SRA)

TIAA and Empower Retirement Supplemental Retirement 403(b) and 457(b) Pre-tax Contributions

WVU provides supplemental, voluntary tax-deferred retirement plan(s), a 403(b) plan and a 457(b) plan. These plans allow the benefits-eligible employees to supplement their retirement savings with the advantages of tax-deferral and payroll deduction. Contributions are limited to a maximum determined each year by the Internal Revenue Service. Upon separation from service, the participant may begin annuity income or make cash withdrawals. Cash withdrawals may be subject to the 10% early-withdrawal penalty unless separation from service occurred after age 55 or the participant is at least age 59 1/2. Also any contribution to a 457(b) plan is not subject to an early-withdrawal penalty. There is no minimum limit and paycheck deduction changes at any time during the calendar year. The supplemental retirement vendors are the same as for the 401(a), TIAA and Empower Retirement.

Annual 403(b) Universal Availability Notice

Read more about the conversion of SRA fixed dollar amounts to percentages effective January 1, 2016.

TIAA Supplemental Retirement
Roth 403(b)
Post-tax Contributions

On Sept. 1, 2011, West Virginia University introduced the Roth 403(b) supplemental retirement account available to all employees through TIAA. With this option, you may:
  • Contribute after-tax dollars;
  • Enjoy tax-free distributions, without penalty, when you are age 59 1/2 or older and when you take a distribution five years after you made the first Roth contribution to the contract. Withdrawals of earnings prior to age 59 1/2 are subject to ordinary income tax and a 10% penalty may apply.
  • Roll over assets into a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA), or into/from another Roth 403(b) Supplemental Plan that accepts such assets. (Rollovers and withdrawals are subject to the provisions of your retirement plan.)

For information on the Roth Contribution Option go to:
TIAA Roth 403(b) Contribution Option Brochure
WVU - Roth 403(b) Contribution Option Information

At the current time, Roth contributions are not available to Empower Retirement 403(b) accounts.
If you have questions regarding Roth 403(b) contributions, please contact TIAA at 800-842-2776.

Schedule face-to-face meeting (TIAA only)

Empower Retirement:
1.800.701.8255 (toll free)

Supplemental Maximum Contributions
IRS contribution limits are established annually. For 2017, the limits are $18,000 for each the 403(b) and 457(b) supplemental retirement accounts. If you are at least 50 years of age, or will be at least 50 years of age, on the last day of the calendar year (12/31), you are eligible for a “catch up” contribution of an additional $6,000 annually for each of the 403(b) and 457(b) supplemental Retirement Accounts. For more details, see the IRS announcement.

To summarize:
Under the age of 50:
Plan Limit
403(b) $18,000
457(b) $18,000
Total $36,000

Age 50 or more by December 31, 2017:
Plan Limit
403(b) $24,000
457(b) $24,000
Total $48,000

When enrolling for the first time in any Supplemental Retirement Account
When enrolling in a 403(b) or 457(b) or both, with either TIAA-CREF or Empower Retirement, employees will need to complete the appropriate enrollment form with TIAA-CREF or Empower Retirement. In addition, employees will also need to complete a Salary Reduction Agreement to indicate the percent per pay they would like to have deducted from their pay.

Enrollment Forms
Salary Reduction Agreement 457b-403b
Non-benefits Eligible Salary Reduction Agreement 403b
Enroll online at

TIAA 403(b) Enrollment Form
TIAA 457(b) Enrollment Form
Empower Retirement 403(b) Enrollment Form
Empower Retirement 457(b) Enrollment Form

Note: If you already have an existing 403(b) or 457(b) account with either TIAA or Empower Retirement, there is no need to re-enroll – just complete a Salary Reduction Agreement to either change or re-start the salary reductions.

Health Science Center staff with Dual Appointments
HSC staff with both West Virginia University and University Health Associates (Medical Corp. included) appointments should consider enrolling in the 457(b) plan with WVU, and the 403(b) plan with UHA. If the employee does have an appointment with WVU and UHA (Dental Corp.) but does not have a 403(b) available to him, then the employee can enroll in WVU’s 403(b) plan. The important point is the employee does not want to be enrolled in 403(b) plans with each employer and “max out” under both 403(b) plans.