All eligible employees can enroll in the PERA 457 plan. This defined contribution plan allows for pretax contributions, which lower your taxable income. Participants will save on taxes now and pay taxes on distributions in retirement.

Plan Features 
Plan administrator PERA/Empower
Who can participate? All CU faculty and staff
How much can you contribute?

Please note: Contribution limits for the 457 Plan are not combined with the 403(b) and 401(k) limits. This is a seperate limit. 

2023: $22,500
2024: $23,000
Minimum: N/A
Catch-up contributions:
Additional catch-up provisions: For the three consecuitive years before your normal reitrement age, you may be able to contribute up to twice the available limit if you under-contributed prior years.
When are you vested? Contributions to this account will be 100% vested immediately.
When can you take money out? Qualifying distributions:
  • Age-eligible distribution when age 59 1/2 attained while employed
  • Require minimum distribution if you attain 72 1/2 while employed (age 70 1/2 if born before July 1, 1949)
  • Retirement
  • Severance of employment
  • Financial hardship
Loans: members can borrow from their account balances and pay back the loan with interest. Two types of loans are avialable: general and residential. Learn more.
Investment choices You will have access to the PERAdvantage line of investments that can accommodate whether you are comfortable making your own investment decisions or prefer a more hands-off approach. Target Date Funds are available based on your expected retirement date.

See PERA's voluntary plan website and related investment lineup.
What are the fees? The administrative fee is a flat rate of $1.50 per month. If you also participate in the PERA 401(k) plan and/or PERA DC Plan, you will pay a set fee per month for each plan. Participants also pay a 0.03% total asset-based fee.