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Guiding you through the upcoming fund line-up changes.

At the University of Arkansas, we know our employees are our most important asset. Therefore we created University Retirement Plan which is intended to provide employees with flexible retirement income options to fit their needs. After an extensive review by the University Retirement Plan Committee, which includes representatives of all UAS campuses, we are updating this benefit to ensure our offering is consistent with what is considered to be best-practice in the industry. Please make sure to review the Transition Brochure that was mailed to your home for all of the details of the upcoming transition.

What are the changes?

Beginning May 10, 2017, you will have access to a new, tiered fund line-up:

  • A range of investment options: Choose from a wide selection of investment options, organized in tiers to help make it easy for you to find a mix that will help you meet your investment goals.
  • Self-Directed Brokerage: Both Fidelity and TIAA will offer brokerage account options that will provide you with an opportunity to invest in a broad range of investment options beyond those offered directly through the Plan.

How will the changes go into effect?

  • On May 10, 2017, you will gain access to new funds: Review the Transition Brochure that was mailed to your home for information on the new funds. Information regarding each investment option’s risk, as well as its strategy and objective, including a prospectus or fact sheet, if available, can be obtained by going to tiaa.org/uasys or NetBenefits.com/uark. Information sessions will take place to give you more information on the transition.
  • On October 2, 2017, if a participant has not chosen investment options from the new line up, his or her current account balances, payroll contributions and future investment elections will be mapped to what the University of Arkansas believes most closely aligns with the investment objectives and risks as your current investment choices.

    Also on October 2, 2017, the Community Colleges and Fort Smith will gain access to Fidelity Investments.
  • The dates shown are based on the timing and accuracy of a variety of factors, including the transfer of data, receipt of instructions, and receipt of assets. Changes in any of these factors may result in changes to the dates and timing, including the dates on which, and thus the prices at which, assets in your account are sold and/or reinvested.

What's not changing?

Fidelity and TIAA will continue to be the service providers for the UA System 403(b)/ 457(b) Retirement Plan. You will continue to have access to:

  • TIAA and Fidelity will continue as the retirement plan investment providers. Enrollment with one or both of these investment providers will not change.
  • The plan design and rules of the plan all remain unchanged.
  • Vesting, contributions, eligibility, base and matching employer contributions, loan guidelines and distribution rules all remain the same.
  • Current payroll contributions remain the same.
  • Options to select funds, move accumulations and make changes in funds selections continue without change.
  • Access to on-line, call center and in-person support from Fidelity and TIAA will continue without change.

What do I need to do?

Review the Transition Brochure mailed to your home to make sure you understand the changes taking place and check back here often for more information.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Fidelity at 800-343-0860, TIAA at 800-842-2252 or your Human Resources Offices. More information is available online at tiaa.org/uasys or netbenefits.com/UArk.