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Astoria Employee 403(b) Information

What is a 403(b) Plan?

403(b) Plans generally serve as voluntary supplemental retirement savings plans designed to supplement retirement benefits available from State pension plans and Social Security. The IRS provides a Summary of 403(b) Plan Basics page and a 403(b) Plan Brochure for Employees on its website.

Online Access and Enrollment

New and Current Participants

  • Employees and former employees of Astoria may create an Online Account to monitor participation activities associated with the Astoria 403(b) Plan.

  • CCC encourages you to establish an Online Account, which will allow you to review information about your participation in the Astoria 403(b) Plan, including contributions to various vendors, account balances (if provided to CCC by vendors), and various transactions processed on your behalf by CCC (loans, hardship distributions, contract exchanges, plan-to-plan transfers, rollovers, required minimum distributions, etc.).

  • Click Here to create an Online Account.
  • Current employees who have created Online Accounts are encouraged to use CCC’s online enrollment system to submit Salary Reduction Agreements (SRA)* and manage contributions while logged in.

  • However, if you do not wish to create an Online Account but wish to enroll, you may submit an SRA in paper format. Click Here to access a printable SRA form.
*Please note: You must have an established account with a vendor in the plan to begin contributions.

Participants with Established Online Login Accounts

  • If you have already created a Online Login Account, Click Here or click the "Login" link in the upper-right-hand portion of this screen to login and access your account.

Step-By-Step Guidance

  • Guidance to Submit Your Very First Online SRA

  • If you have already created an online employee login account, Click Here for step-by-step guidance to change or cancel your current 403(b) TSA Plan contributions.

  • If you prefer not to create an online employee login account, Click Here for step-by-step guidance to submit a paper SRA to enroll, change or cancel contributions in the 403(b) TSA Plan.
Please visit the "Why Partipicate?" page for additional information on the benefits of utilizing the 403(b) plan.

Which Optional Features Does the District Allow in its 403(b) Plan?

403(b) Optional features are either included in, or excluded from, the Plan, as specified below and as further described in the parenthetically referenced sections in the Plan Document for Astoria School District 1C. These options are listed here in abstract for convenient reference:

    Catch-ups under the Plan
  • 15 Years-of-Service Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: No
  • Age 50 Catch-up Elective Deferral Contributions: Yes
  • Contributions to the Plan
  • Direct Rollovers Into the Plan: Yes
  • Employer Contributions Allowed: Yes
  • Employer Post Severance Contributions Allowed: Yes
  • Exchanges Within the Plan: Yes
  • Roth Contributions: Yes
  • Other Plan Transactions
  • Hardship Distributions: Yes
  • In-service Distributions After Age 59-1/2: Yes
  • In-service Distributions From Rollover Accounts: Yes
  • Loans: Yes
  • Permissive Service Credit Transfers: Yes
  • Plan-to-Plan Transfers To the Plan: Yes
  • Plan-to-Plan Transfers From the Plan: Yes

403(b) Account Access/ Transaction Information

A transaction's availability may be limited by IRS guidelines, the optional features in the Astoria Plan and/or the underlying investment contract. To learn more about the transactions (including definitions and qualifying events), including how to obtain authorization for a transaction, please click here.

Roth Contributions Available

Astoria allows employees to make Roth 403(b) contributions to any Astoria vendor that will accept such contributions. Roth contributions are deferred from paychecks to investment accounts on an after-tax basis, as opposed to Traditional 403(b) which are deferred on a pre-tax basis.

Please note: Roth 403(b) contributions can only be made to designated Roth 403(b) account. You may not send Roth contributions to an existing Traditional 403(b) (pre-tax) account. Roth 403(b) accounts are available from select vendors, please review the information listed on the Astoria 403(b) Vendors page for vendors that show "403(b) Roth Account Available" after the vendor name where applicable, then follow the Enrollment Steps to begin participation.


Am I Eligible To Participate? How Much Can I Contribute?

Please review the Eligibility and Limits Announcement for a full description of the employees eligible to participate and the contribution limits that apply. Astoria does not require any minimum monthly contribution amount.

How Do I Begin, Change, or Cancel Contributions?

Please review the 403(b) Enrollment Procedures for step-by-step instructions on how to beginning participation, how to change your vendor or contribution amount, or how to end contributions to the plan.

What Are My Investment Options?

Please visit the 403(b) List of Vendors page for the options offered under the Astoria 403(b) plan.

Basic Information About Products

Investment products for 403(b) plans may be broken down into the following investment types:

  • Fixed Annuities
  • Variable Annuities with a Fixed Account
  • Variable Annuities without a Fixed Account
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (No-Load)
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (Load)
  • 403(b)(7) Custodial Mutual Funds (Deferred Sales Charges)

Various vendors may offer one or more of these types of investments. Look for fund profiles, performance, prospectuses, and fees associated with specific vendors in the column to the right for information about particular offerings.

How do I choose a Vendor?

Generally speaking, vendors market their 403(b) investment products using one or more of the following approaches:

  • Agents Who Are Contracted Exclusively with the Vendor
  • Independent 403(b) Practitioners
  • Regional or Central Office Employees
  • Seminars, Meetings, and/or Brochure Distribution
  • Websites

Learn more about choosing an investment

What If I Need Financial Advice?

Click on this link for information about the financial advisor industry and helpful suggestions about how to locate one or more qualified, professional, and licensed financial advisors that meet your needs. Learn More

Why did Astoria Adopt CCC Services?

403(b) Plans are subject to complex rules and administrative responsibilities. As a result, Astoria adopted the services of Carruth Compliance Consulting, Inc., an Independent Third Party Administrator (TPA).


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