Retirement Planning

Grand Valley State University and Fidelity Investments are pleased to announce enhancements to the GVSU Retirement Plans. Fidelity Investments® now supports the enrollment process and provides ongoing record keeping services to all GVSU Retirement Plan participants, regardless of your chosen investment service provider.

For information on the Master Administrator Site click HERE

Upcoming TIAA Meetings

Sept 25           Oct 6

Oct 7            Oct 23

Nov 6          Nov 12

Nov 17          Dec 9

Dec 15          Dec 18

Upcoming Fidelity Meetings

October 8

October 19

November 6

November 19

Emotional Aspects of Retirement

This ten minute podcast highlights the emotional aspects of retirement faculty and staff will want to consider during their planning process. Presented by GVSU's Employee Assistance Program- Encompass consultant, Michele Kimmel-Fors.

TIAA - 800.842.2776 Plan Number 101021 (403b) 101022 (457b)

Through the TIAA website, you can access product and account information, current performance reports, change your address, conduct transactions, and read and order current prospectuses. If you need help figuring out your TIAA account, you can meet with our University TIAA representative.  To schedule an upcoming appointment, call 1.866.842.2825. To view upcoming dates when the representative will be on campus, please view our Events Page. You can also meet with a TIAA representative at their Grand Rapids office in Bridgewater Place. To sign up for an appointment, visit the TIAA website.

If you are thinking of retiring soon and are looking for more information about what Grand Valley offers, visit our Retiree Benefits page. 

TIAA Retirement Program Update Information

Program Update Informational Seminar Schedule

Program Update Transition Guide

Program Update FAQ and Comparison Chart

Transition Seminar Presentation


Fidelity Homepage - 800.343.3548 - Plan Number 50094 (403b) 72992 (457b)

Through the Fidelity web site you can access fund information, IRA evaluators, daily fund prices, and online trading.  If you need more information about your Fidelity account, feel free to consult our University Fidelity Representative.  Please view the upcoming dates on our Events Page





The Internal Revenue Service has announced that there will be an increase to supplemental retirement account contribution limits and the catch-up contribution for those 50 and older for 2020.  The 2020 Grand Valley State University 403(b) and 457(b) supplemental contribution limits are:
                                                                                                      403(b)          457(b)

2020 Contribution Limit                                                $19,500      $19,500

2020 Catch-up Contribution (age 50 and older)   $6,500        $6,500

Roth post-tax Option
A Roth post-tax supplemental contribution option is available for the GVSU 403(b) and 457(b) Retirement Plans. For more information go to
If you are interested in changing your current contribution amount, please visit the Retirement Planning Website

Report Outside Retirement Contributions to the Benefits Office By April 1

To help faculty and staff members avoid tax penalties, Human Resources collects information each spring regarding contributions made to outside retirement plans to help ensure they do not exceed IRS limits.

If a faculty/staff member contributes to a non-Grand Valley State University retirement plan through an outside business in which they are at least a 50 percent owner, they must report the prior years contributions to Human Resources by April 1.

This applies if the answer to the following questions is “yes”:

  1. Are you eligible to participate in the Grand Valley State University 403(b) Retirement Plan?
  2. Do you own a controlling interest (more than 50 percent) in a for-profit business, including sole proprietorship and/or consulting?
  3. Do you contribute to a qualified retirement plan—such as a 401(k), 401(a) or 403(b)—or simplified employee pensions (SEPs) and Keogh plans through that business?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, no action is needed.

If you answered “yes,” please complete and submit the Internal Revenue Code Section 415(c) Aggregation Form by April 1. 

While faculty/staff are responsible for independently reporting retirement contributions to the IRS, HR may be able to help you avoid tax penalties by collecting this information.

See the IRS website for more information about Section 415.