Full-Time Regular Employees: 403(b) Plan & 457(b) Plan Voluntary Employee Contributions


The college sponsors defined contribution retirement plans under the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Sections 403(b) and 457(b), the Johnson County Community College 403(b) Plan and the Johnson County Community College 457(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Plan (collectively “the Plans”). Full-time regular employees are eligible to participate in and make voluntary contributions to the Plans. There are four voluntary 403(b) Plan providers from which to choose and two voluntary 457(b) Plan providers.

Full-time regular employees may choose to make either voluntary pre-tax contributions or voluntary Roth after-tax contributions to the Plans. There are separate maximum annual limits set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the Plans, which are described below.

IRS-established annual contribution limits for the 403(b) Plan (combined total of pre-tax and Roth after-tax contributions to the 403(b) Plan):

  • 2017 calendar year contribution limit of $18,000
  • 2017 calendar year, additional “catch-up” contribution limit of $6,000, for participants age 50 and older

IRS-established annual contribution limits for the 457(b) Plan (combined total of pre-tax and Roth after-tax contributions to the 457(b) Plan):

  • 2017 calendar year contribution limit of $18,000
  • 2017 calendar year, additional “catch-up” contribution limit of $6,000, for participants age 50 and older

NOTE: The amount of any employer contribution made to the 403(b) plan does not impact your ability to contribute the maximum annual contribution amounts shown.

To start, change or terminate your voluntary contributions to the Plans contact your appropriate JCCC Benefits Specialist as follows:

  • Connie Brickner, last names starting A-F, 913-469-8500, ext. 4757
  • Lisa Gates, last names starting G-N, 913-469-8500, ext. 3619
  • Lisa Sullivan, last names starting O-Z, 913-469-8500, ext. 7624

At any time during the year you can make changes to your contribution elections by contacting your appropriate Benefits Specialist.

If you have not previously enrolled in either of the Plans to create a voluntary contribution account, you will need to complete the enrollment process with the voluntary contribution provider of your choice. Some companies have an online enrollment process while others may require you to complete/submit a hard-copy enrollment form. Call a Benefits Specialist if you have questions or need more information.

A prospectus for all fund investment options can be obtained through the respective company websites or by contacting the companies directly via phone or email.