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Retirement, Welfare, & Financial Planning

OPRSA encourages all postdoctoral scholars to plan and save for retirement and other unexpected life events.  To help all scholars with financial planning, OPRSA has partnered with Curo Financial Planning to offer the Financial Education Series, which includes advice on saving for retirement.

Defined Contribution Plan (DCP)

It is mandatory for Postdoctoral Scholar-Employees (TC 3252) to participate in the Defined Contribution Plan (Safe Harbor) as long as they are employed at UC San Diego. Safe Harbor participants automatically contribute, on a pretax basis, 7.5% of their wages beginning the first day of an eligible appointment. You may also make voluntary after-tax contributions to the DC Plan.  DCP contributions are made in lieu of Social Security and can be withdrawn when UC appointment is terminated.

Find more information about the Safe Harbor DCP at:
http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/forms/pdf/retirement-savings-program-information-for-safe-harbor-participants.pdf

403(b) Tax Deferred and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

Postdoctoral Scholar-Employees (TC 3252) are eligible to participate in the UC 403(b) Tax Deferred and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans.

Employees who want to voluntarily participate in the 403(b) Plan designate a portion of their gross salary to be contributed on a pretax basis, thus reducing the participant’s taxable income. More information is available at https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/forms/pdf/403b-summary-plan-description.pdf.

Employees who choose to participate in the 457(b) Plan designate a portion of their gross salary to be contributed on a pretax basis, thus reducing the participant’s taxable income. Taxes on contributions and any earnings are deferred (that is, postponed).  Find more information at https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/forms/pdf/457b-deferred-compensation-plan.pdf.

Both of these plans are managed by:

Fidelity Investment Services

Retirement Savings Program Accounts
Phone: 1-866-682-7787 or netBenefits.fidelity.com

Annuity and Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellows (TC 3253) and Postdoctoral Scholar – Paid Direct (TC 3254) have the option to save for retirement through and Annuity or Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  More information about these options can be provided by a professional financial planner. 

OPRSA has partnered with Curo Financial Planning to offer the Financial Education Series for Postdocs to help postdocs plan for retirement.  Curo also offers a free individual consultation to any postdocs who attend one of their workshops.

Financial Education for Postdocs

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“Save early, save often” is a mantra touted by many financial planning websites and experts.  Time is critical when saving for retirement or any financial goal.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, every 10 years you delay starting to save for retirement, you will need to save three times as much each month to catch up.

To help you get started and understand how to maximize your financial potential, the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs has teamed up with Curo Financial Planning to offer the “Financial Education Series for Postdocs”. 

Each workshop will discuss the ways to set yourself up for financial success for that specific topic.  UCSD graduate students and family members of postdocs are welcome to attend.  Come join us to learn about the topics listed below and create a strategy for your financial future!

For more information about workshop topics, dates, and how to register: Financial Education for Postdocs.