Carleton College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (Non-Union/Regular Retirement Mandatory Plan):

Regular, benefit-eligible, non-union employees that are 21 years of age or older must participate in the Carleton TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan. The employee contributes 2% of their base salary and the College contributes 10% of the base salary for each participant. Contributions are made on a pre-tax basis and are subject to immediate vesting.

Employees are required to complete the Defined Contribution Salary Reduction Agreement in order to authorize their 2% pre-tax deduction. 

IUOE Central Pension Fund (Union):

Regular, benefit-eligible, union employees participate in the IUOE Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers.  Union employees are not able to participate in or be covered by the Carleton College Defined Retirement Contribution Plan.  Union employees must have successfully completed their probationary period and achieved seniority in order to participate.

Carleton Group Supplemental Retirement Plan:

Group Supplemental Retirement Accounts:

GSRA (Group Supplemental Retirement Accounts) are available to all interested employees that are 21 years of age or older who would like to contribute additional retirement funds through TIAA-CREF. Contributions to a GSRA can be made as a pre-tax and/or post-tax (Roth) option.  Contact Human Resources (x5989) for more information.

Roth 403(b) Option:

The Roth 403(b) retirement contribution option is available to those participating in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (GSRA) through TIAA-CREF.

Roth 403(b) contributions are made on post tax basis.  Roth contributions will not reduce your taxable income for the year like a tax-deferred contribution will.  The benefit of making Roth contributions comes when taking a payout from the plan (which would be paid tax free as long as you meet certain requirements for a qualified distribution).

Voluntary contributions for the GSRA through pre-taxed deferred contribution and the Roth 403(b) (through post-tax contribution) qualify under the annual contribution limit.  You can contribute to one or the other or have a combination of both plans, but all contributions need to fall within annual contribution limits.


Annual Contribution Limit Information:

Employees who are age 50 may add additional contributions annually.  Please see the yearly "Age 50 Catch Up" section on the Retirement Salary Reduction Agreement (link above).   

Additionally, for employees 50 and over, there is an additional "lifetime" catch up contribution permitted under IRC414(y), which may permit an additional $3,000 in annual contributions over a maximum period of five years.  TIAA-CREF will need to provide a maximum deferral calculation prior to any change in contribution level that exceeds the stated maximum annual contribution and Age 50 Catch Up.  For consideration of the "lifetime" catch up deferral, TIAA-CREF will mandate that the Carleton College employee be at least 50 years of age with at least 15 years of service.

To obtain the maximum deferral calculation, please contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776. 

Following authorization for the "lifetime" catch up contribution from TIAA-CREF, the form (below) must be completed and submitted to Human Resources for processing.

Additional Resources:


Carleton microsite at TIAA-CREF

On-line Webinars to learn about your retirement plans, investment options and retirement income options

A variety of on-line calculators to help you plan for retirement

Newsletters discussing retirement for employees