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Administrative Procedures Manual

2.35 Retirement Plan Options

Chapter Two: Personnel

Procedure Title: Retirement Plan Options
Based On: Board Policies 3, 4, and 8
Procedure Number: 2.35
Date Adopted/Revised: November 20, 2001, November 21, 2006,
May 15, 2007

Employees one-half time (50%) or greater are eligible to participate in one of the Retirement Plans offered by the College. All eligible employees of the College shall participate in one of the plans. Such election shall be made within thirty-one (31) days from the date the employee begins employment, and the election shall be irrevocable unless future elections are allowed by law. By accepting employment with the College, the employee consents and agrees to complete all necessary documents by the due date for enrollment. Listed below is a brief summary of the retirement plans
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund
TIAA/CREF is a defined contribution 403(b) plan as defined by Internal Revenue Service Code. College Employees contribute 6 – 8% of their gross salaries and the institution will contribute 10% of the employee’s gross salaries. Employee contributions may be made on a “tax sheltered” basis.

A few employees were grandfathered in who continued to contributed 4-5% with the College contributing 6-8%.
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS), is a defined benefit pension plan. ATRS provides retirement and disability benefits, cost-of-living adjustments, and death benefits to plan members and beneficiaries. Benefit and contribution provisions are established by the Arkansas General Assembly.
ATRS has contributory and non-contributory plans. Contributory members are required by code to contribute 6% of their salary. The College is required by code to contribute at a rate established by the Arkansas General Assembly.
Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System
The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS), is a defined benefit pension plan. APERS provides retirement and disability benefits, cost adjustments, and death benefits to plan members and beneficiaries. Benefit and contribution provisions are established by the Arkansas General Assembly.
APERS has contributory and non-contributory plans. Each participating employer is required by code to contribute at a rate established by the Arkansas General Assembly.
Participation. All college employees are permitted to contribute and participate in the College’s 403(b) plan with TIAA/CREF. Undergraduate student employees taking less than 12 credit hours per semester are eligible to make employee contributions and participate in the College’s TIAA/CREF retirement program.
Additional Plan Contributions
Eligible employees of TIAA/CREFD, ATRS or APERS may make voluntary plan contributions to TIAA/CREF as elected by the participant, subject to the contribution limitations of the Internal Revenue Code.
Plan contributions by a participant may be deducted from salary payments on a tax-deferred basis under a salary reduction agreement executed in accordance with Internal Revenue Code requirements.