Welcome to your 403(b) retirement plan. Click below to view the features and highlights of your employer’s retirement plans.
The plan highlights are only a brief overview of the plan's features and are not a legally binding document. The information in this section does not modify the terms of the plan and in the event of a conflict, the terms of the plan control.
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All Anne Arundel County Public School employees, including temporary employees and substitute teachers, are eligible to begin contributing upon date of hire.
As much as 100% of your annual includible compensation (i.e., the amount of taxable wages and benefit received from your employer), up to the maximum IRS contribution limit. You may change the amount you contribute to the plan as often as your employer allows.
You might be eligible to contribute additional catch-up amounts if you meet the following condition.
You may change your contribution amount or discontinue contributing at any time and resume contributing again later, subject to your AACPS plan and any administrative requirements. In the meantime, your account will continue to grow on a tax-deferred basis. Please allow one month’s notice for processing.
You are always 100% vested in your own contributions.
Your plans were established to encourage long-term savings.
A 403(b) plan generally has less stringent withdrawal restrictions while you are employed; however, a 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty may apply to withdrawals prior to age 59½.
The following are distribution events for your 403(b) plan:
Attaining age 59½
Retirement or severance from employment*
Your death or total disability
* Distributions where the employee retires or severs from employment at or after age 55 are not subject to the 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty.
Tax-free loans, available to 403(b) plan participants only, make it possible to access your account, subject to certain limitations, without permanently reducing your account balance. Defaulted loan amounts (not repaid on time) will be taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty if you are under age 59½.
You decide how to invest all contributions among the mutual funds offered under the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Supplemental Retirement Programs.
The mutual funds available in your 403(b) retirement plan will provide you with the flexibility you need to create a suitably diversified portfolio that matches your personal retirement time horizon, investment risk tolerance and investment preferences.
View the entire list of funds -- and their historical performance -- available to Anne Arundel Public Schools 403(b) plan participants.
Remember, these plans represent a long-term investment. Investment values will fluctuate, and there is no assurance that the objective of any fund will be achieved. Mutual fund shares are redeemable at the then-current net asset value, which may be more or less than their original cost.
The gross annual administrative fee assessed on mutual fund assets in the plan is $94. This may be offset, in whole or in part, by reimbursement received from mutual fund companies. Additionally, mutual fund annual operating expenses apply based on the funds chosen. Mutual fund expenses and fund reimbursements are described in the prospectus.
To view or print a prospectus, access, “Prospectuses and Other Important Materials”. The prospectus contains the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information about the respective investment companies that you should consider carefully before investing. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money. You can also request a copy by calling 1-800-428-2542.