403(b) Plan Overview

Below are some of the important features about the plan. This website is intended to be a summary of the plan provisions.  In the event that a conflict exists between the information contained within this website and the plan document, the plan document provisions prevail. For more information, view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

The Chicago Public Schools 403(b) Plan

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) sponsors the 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) for its employees. With the CPS 403(b) TDA plan, you decide, within certain Internal Revenue Code (IRC) limits, how much of your income to invest. CPS will reduce your paycheck (before income tax) by that amount and forward it to the company issuing the annuity contract, according to your instructions in a salary reduction agreement. The 403(b) Plan gives you:
  • Choices and control over how your contributions are invested in any combination of investment options offered under your plan.
  • Portability of your account if the plan accepts rollovers.
  • A variety of payout options at retirement.
  • Loan availability. Loans will reduce your account balance, may impact your withdrawal value and limit participation in future growth potential. Other restrictions may apply.

Eligibility

All Union employees of the Chicago Public Schools are eligible to participate in the 403(b) TDA.

Contributions

Contributions under the Plan are made by participants through a reduction in salary.  Under the Plan, the maximum annual contribution amount is set by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines on a yearly basis. You may view the current limits here. CPS will reduce your paycheck (before income tax) by that amount and forward it to Voya on a regular basis. Your contributions are invested in your choice of any combination of the investment options available through the plan (see Investment Options for a complete list).

Loans

  • One loan is allowed every 12 months
  • Minimum account balance of $2,000 required
  • Minimum loan amount is $1,000
  • Net interest rate of 2.5%
Note:  Loans will reduce your account balance, may impact your withdrawal value and limit participation in future growth potential. Other restrictions may apply.

Distributions

Your benefits will be distributed according to the payment method in effect at your death (consistent with the provisions of the plan, contract, and applicable minimum distribution rules) if you die while receiving benefits. If you die before a payout starts, your named beneficiary may:
  • Receive the total cash value of your account;
  • Select another available payout option; or
  • Defer payout until you would have reached age 70½ if your beneficiary is also your spouse.

Withdrawals

403(b) programs are intended to be long-term investment vehicles. IRS rules provide that contributions made to a 403(b) annuity contract after December 31, 1988, and any earnings on your total account value accrued after that date, may only be withdrawn under the following circumstances:

  • Attainment of age 59½ (withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to an IRS 10% premature distribution penalty tax);
  • Severance from employment;
  • Your death or disability; or
  • Financial hardship (however, hardship withdrawals may be made from salary reduction contributions only, not from earnings on those contributions)

You should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the variable product and its underlying fund options carefully before investing. The prospectuses/prospectus summaries containing this and other information can be obtained by contacting your local representative. Please read the information carefully before investing.

Variable annuities are intended as long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals from an annuity may be subject to an early withdrawal fee and, if taken prior to age 59½, an IRS 10% premature distribution penalty tax will apply, unless an IRS exception applies. Money taken from the annuity will be taxed as ordinary income in the year the money is distributed. Account values fluctuate with market conditions, and when surrendered the principal may be worth more or less than its original amount invested. An annuity does not provide any additional tax deferral benefit, as tax deferral is provided by the plan. Annuities may be subject to additional fees and expenses to which other tax-qualified funding vehicles may not be subject. However, an annuity does provide other features and benefits, such as lifetime income payments and death benefits, which may be valuable to you.

For 403(b)(1) fixed or variable annuities, employee deferrals (including earnings) may generally be distributed only upon your: attainment of age 59½, severance from employment, death, disability, or hardship. Note: Hardship withdrawals are limited to employee deferrals made after 12/31/88. Exceptions to the distribution rules: No Internal Revenue Code withdrawal restrictions apply to '88 cash value (employee deferrals (including earnings) as of 12/31/88) and employer contributions (including earnings). However, employer contributions made to an annuity contract issued after December 31, 2008 may not be paid or made available before a distributable event occurs. Such amounts may be distributed to a participant or if applicable, the beneficiary: upon the participant's severance from employment or upon the occurrence of an event, such as after a fixed number of years, the attainment of a stated age, or disability.

Insurance products, annuities and retirement plan funding issued by (third party administrative services may also be provided by) Voya Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company, One Orange Way, Windsor, CT 06095-4774. Securities are distributed by Voya Financial Partners LLC (member SIPC). All companies are members of the Voya™ family of companies. Securities may also be distributed through other broker-dealers with which Voya has selling agreements. Insurance obligations are the responsibility of each individual company. Product and services may not be available in all states.

COLA Limits

The Internal Revenue Code limits contributions into a tax-deferred retirement plan. These limits are monitored to ensure that you do not over contribute to a tax-deferred retirement plan. View the current limits here.