Benefits Plans - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan: Loans

What is a 457(b) loan?
You may borrow from your 457(b) account at any time, for any reason, regardless of whether your employment is active or terminated.

How much can I borrow?
Generally, you may borrow up to 45% of your TIAA-CREF SRA and 50% of your Fidelity SRA accumulation.  The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum is $50,000.  This is a combined loan limit and applies to all of your U-M SRA and 457(b) accounts with both vendors.

Are there any fees for taking a loan?

Do I pay income tax for taking a loan?
No. The loan is not treated as a cash withdrawal, so there is no income tax due. However, if you default on the loan, then it is deemed to be a withdrawal and taxes are due. Keep in mind that you are using after-tax dollars to repay your loan that was funded with tax-deferred contributions.

How long do I have to repay the loan?
You may choose the length of the repayment period, from one to five years. You may choose a longer repayment period if the loan is used solely for the purchase of your principal residence.

How do I repay the loan?
Monthly payments are made directly to TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity Investments. Payroll deductions are not available through the University; however, you can arrange an automatic debit from your checking or savings account.

Will I be charged interest for the loan?
Yes. The rate is variable; contact TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity Investments for the current interest rates. The interest you pay is not tax-deductible.

Can I prepay my loan?
Yes. You can pay off your loan early with no penalties.

Does taking a loan affect my participation in the U-M plan?
No. You may continue to participate in the U-M 457(b) Plan if you take a loan.

How do I arrange for a loan?
Contact TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity and request a loan application. Employer authorization for a loan is not needed. Return the investment carrier’s loan application to them after you have completed the form.

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