NC Teacher and Educator 403(B) Plan

  • N.C. 403(b) Program News:

    In December 2021, after an in-depth analysis and recognizing extremely low participation, the N.C. Supplemental Retirement Board of Trustees decided to discontinue the NC403(b) Program, and focus on the larger, low-cost, and more popular NC401K and NC457 Plans.

    Should you still choose to enroll, please know that employee contributions may only continue through the pay period ending June 30, 2022.  The NC403(b) Program will stop accepting employee contributions after this pay period.  In addition, your assets will need to be removed from your NC403(b) Program account by September 30, 2022.

    Contact Empower:  1-866-627-5267 - Empower's Website:

    You can schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting with Ms. Jodie Musselwhite to assist you with plan-related questions, an account review, enrollment, etc. To schedule an appointment, click here Local Retirement Education Manager or email or call (704)219-9432.

    Questions/Payroll Deduction: Ms. Brenda Dixon at (704)296-5315 (IEP#4076) or

    Prudential Retirement provides recordkeeping services for the NC Total Retirement Plans.  There will be a 10% reduction in Prudential's recordkeeping fees for the next two years.


    Emails offering assistance with your N.C. State Retirement (pension plan) are sent out periodically to UCPS employees via UCPS work email addresses.  These emails usually start off by saying "Each year, as an employee of Union County Schools in N.C. you are eligible to schedule a phone call, teleconference, or in-person meeting off campus with a representative for answers to your specific state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions."

    Please DISREGARD these types of emails.  The sole purpose of these emails are to gain a meeting with you to discuss your N.C. State pension plan (they do not have this information) and to discuss any other retirement accounts you may have.  These representatives will try to sell you one of their retirement products.  Employees should never provide their personal information to a representative from a masked email account (i.e.,,, etc.).

    Employees who want to verify their N.C. State Retirement (pension plan) information can contact an H.R. Retirement Specialist or go online to and set up a login/password in ORBIT.  All of your information is located in ORBIT.  You can also access the NC TSERS Handbook for any questions you may have about retirement eligibility, annual/sick leave balances, etc.  You can also call the N.C. State Retirement for assistance.

    REMEMBER:  There are NO "board approved vendors" for UCPS.  There is not any one company who handles the 403b retirement plan for the UCPS school district.  Only a Human Resources Retirement Specalist or the NC State Retirement should assist you with your retirement information.

    Please forward any phishy emails you receive to Brenda Dixon in Finance at 

    "What is a 403(b)?"

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    Insurance Company 403(b) plans (Horace Mann, National Life, VOYA, Brighthouse, etc.)

    Plan Administrator/Third-Party Administrator -  TSA Consulting Group, Inc. (TSACG) TSA Consulting Group

    TSA Consulting Group Online Distribution System


    The 403(b) Basics

    It is important to read all the documents (contract/prospectus) and ask the sales rep to explain each fee that is associated with the product they are pitching to you. How to Get Out of a Bad 403(b)

    Fees and expenses will affect your investment portfolio (see attached link How to Get Out of a Bad 403(b).

    About 403b Wise - This Website was launched in March 2000 by two educators to provide important information to all K-12 employees nationwide.

    Complete a background check on the sales representative to find any Disclosures (legal), experience, licenses, etc. Broker Check

    If the sales representative is a designated Certified Financial Advisor (CFA) then ask them to sign a Fiduciary Pledge Advisor Fiduciary Pledge.  If the representative is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), they have already taken a Fiduciary Oath.

    Ask the agent if he owns this annuity.  If so, ask to see their statement.  Ask for a comparison of the annuity and its performance. Get a second opinion from another source before you sign a contract.

    2022 IRS Limits:

    Employee's 50 and under can contribute a total of $20,500 to a 403(b) in 2022.

    Employee's 50 and above (by 12/31/22) can contribute an additional $6,500 in 2022 for a total of $27,000.

    If an employee is participating in both a 403(b) and a 401K plan, the contribution limits must not exceed $20,500 (or $27,000 together).  The maximum deferral amount also includes ROTH accounts.

    Rollovers from a previous employer retirement plan does not impact the maximum amount an employee can contribute to this plan.

    UCPS does not offer an employee match for this plan.