N.C. Teachers' and Educators' 403(B) Plan

  • The N.C. Teacher's and Educator's 403(b) is available to all full-time and part-time employees through Prudential Retirement.

    Contact Prudential Retirement:  1-866-627-5267 - Prudential's Website: www.NCPlans.prudential.com

    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 Jodie.Musselwhite@prudential.com or call (704)219-9432.

    Questions/Payroll Deduction: Ms. Brenda Dixon at (704)296-5315 (IEP#4076) or brenda.dixon@ucps.k12.nc.us.

    Enrollment Form

    One-Time Contribution Form (Prudential accounts ONLY):  One-Time Contribution Form

    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.

    VANGUARD FUND in the NC 403(b) Program Now Offers Lower Fees

    On October 1, 2020, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares investment option moved to a lower-fee share class, the Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Institutional Shares.  As a result, the investment management fee dropped from 0.04% to 0.035%.  Both funds track the S&P 500 index.  Money invested in the Admiral Shares class was automatically moved into the Institutional Share Class.


    Emails offering assistance with your N.C. State Retirement (pension plan) are being sent 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 type 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 (i.e., an annuity).  Employees should never provide their personal information to a representative from a masked email account (i.e., @district-advisor.com, @perabuilds.com, 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 myncretirement.com 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 brenda.dixon@ucps.k12.nc.us. 

    Video provided by 403(b) Wise - "What is a 403(b)?"

    MISCELLANEOUS 403(B) PLANS (Horace Mann, National Life, Brighthouse, etc.)

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

    TSA Consulting Group Online Distribution System


    Indexed Annuities: What you Should Know - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    This type of annuity is extremely complex, carry high fees and surrender charges, and often fall short of their promised returns.  The surge in sales recently prompted the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue an investor bulletin explaining the risks of indexed annuities.

    Variable Annuities: What You Should Know - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Variable Annuities typically have high annual fees and expenses, in addition to potential sales and surrender charges and early withdrawal penalties.

    It is important to read all documents and ask the sales rep to explain each fee that is associated with the product they are pitching to you.  Fees and expenses affect your investment portfolio.

    SEC "How Fees and Expenses Affect Your Investment Portfolio U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    403b Wise - information for K-12 employees provided by others who are in the education field or previously worked in the education field and what they learned about annuities.

    A 4-minute video from Bloomberg: Video - Bloomberg

    Questions you Should Ask About Your Investments...and What To Do If You Run Into Problems:  U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission or Wise Information for K-12 Employees

    Employees should clearly understand the surrender charges and any guarantees associated with the product.  Complete a background check on the representative Broker Check.  If the 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.  Most importantly, "Ask the agent about all expenses associated with the annuity."  Get a second opinion from another source (hourly or retainer-based planner) before you sign a contract.

    2021 IRS Limits:

    Employee's 50 and under can contribute a total of $19,500 to a 403(b) in 2021.

    Employee's 50 and above (by 12/31/21) can contribute an additional $6,500 in 2021 for a total of $26,000.

    If an employee is participating in both a 403(b) and a 401K plan, the contribution limits must not exceed $19,500 (or $26,000 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.