403(b) and Roth 403(b) Plans

The 403(b) plan offers LSU employees several options in terms of whom they can invest their money. Along with several vendors to choose from, numerous funds are also available which can diversify a retirement portfolio.

Roth 403(b) feature provides an additional way to save for retirement. Employees may make contributions on an after-tax basis under the Roth option, on the pre-tax basis under the 403(b) plan, or a combination of the two. Although the Roth option doesn't change how much can be contributed, it does provide more control over when contributions - and retirement income - will be subject to federal income tax. If an account is open for at least five years and the employee has turned age 59 1/2, every cent in a Roth 403(b) could be withdrawn tax-free.

Retirement Manager

Retirement Manager is a web-based tool, which allows employees participating in a 403(b), and Roth 403(b) access to their accounts anytime and anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once enrolled in the Retirement Manager system employees participating in one of these accounts will be able to:

  • Electronically submit new enrollments and contribution changes
  • Request a Distribution Eligibility Certificate for:
    • Severance from Employment
  • View aggregate balance information across all active, and legacy 403(b) investment providers
  • Request a Distribution Eligibility Certificate for the following transactions:
    • Loan 
    • Hardship Withdrawal
    • In-Service Exchange

Participants can contact Retirement Manager Support for login assistance, general navigation questions, and how to use the enrollment and disbursement transaction screens regardless of their investment provider selection. Please note that account specific questions related to a particular provider should be addressed directly to the provider. 

Please contact Retirement Manager Support Line at 1-866-294-7950 Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST. 

Please remember, investing in a 403(b) and/or 457(b) supplemental retirement account is not free. Each vendor (company) charges fees, such as record-keeping and in some cases, fees for distribution-related expenses in addition to expenses and fees based on your investment allocation. As a new enrollee in one of these plans, it is up to you to compare and consider the benefits offered by each vendor. New and current participants should confirm all costs associated with their investments, as well as any charges and restrictions associated with your existing contract before requesting a transfer for current participants.

New Enrollee or Current Participant

  New Enrollees Current Participants
Compare benefits offered by each vendor X X
Confirm all costs associated with your investment options X X
Confirm any changes and restrictions associated with your existing contract before initiating a transfer   X



Calendar/Plan Year 2020
Annual Maximum Deferral Amount $19,500
Annual Maximum Deferral Amount for participants age 50 and older $26,000

Maximum contributions to both a 403(b) and 457(b) account can be made at the same time. Employees may switch supplemental retirement account vendors at any point during the year.

LSU cannot guarantee the success of the SRA products or the level of service and we urge you to fully review the product before you participate.

Learn about the 457(b) and Roth 457(b) plan.

Termination of employment with LSU allows funds to be rolled over to an IRA or other qualified plan. Early withdrawal penalties will be assessed if money is withdrawn prior to obtaining age 59½.