Harmony Public Schools
Retirement Planning Center
Helping you prepare for the retirement you deserve
This page was created to help you understand key elements of the retirement saving plans available to you through Harmony Public Schools. Having a clear understanding of your pension plan, and retirement saving plans can help lead a successful journey towards financial independence.
The following plans are available to employees of Harmony Public Schools:
- 457(b) Retirement Plan – This is a voluntary plan designed to build savings for your retirement years. This plan is overseen by a board of school superintendents and chief financial officers to help ensure it works in the best interest of educators. Plan highlights include low fees, no commissions, professionally managed investment options, and access to FinPath (financial workshops and coaches).
- 403(b) Savings Plan – This plan offers the flexibility to save for retirement by choosing your preferred investment provider. You may compare 50+ investment companies and decide which one best fits your goals. Note that early withdrawals from a 403(b) account are subject to a 10% tax.
- NEW! 401(a) Incentive/Match Plan – Harmony Public Schools now provides an extra incentive to save for retirement and continue employment with the district. The longer you work for the district, the higher your incentive match will be. This plan is automatically created for individuals who participate in the 457(b) or 403(b) plans. Vesting and matching caps apply.
- FinPath – FinPath is a financial literacy program paid by your employer to help you take control of your money and help decrease your stress. If you’ve ever felt like you’re living paycheck to paycheck or like your dollar can go farther, we have just the tools to make a difference.
- FICA Alternative Plan – This plan is for seasonal, part-time, and temporary employees of Harmony Public Schools. Rather than contributing to Social Security, this plan contributes directly to a retirement account. Participation is required. Enrollment is automatic.
Enrollment assistance is available! Schedule a TeleWealth virtual appointment for help via phone, video chat, or email.
TCG tiene representantes que le pueden ayudar a responder sus preguntas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is RAMS?
Who is TCG?
How do I register for 457(b) plan?
Here are some key benefits of the 457(b) Plan:
- Overseen by a committee of school superintendents and chief financial officers
- Fiduciary oversight by TCG Advisors
- Low and transparent fees
- No 10% early distribution penalty tax
- No surrender charges or hidden fees
- No product commissions
- Start/stop contributions at any time
- Professionally-managed portfolios
How to Enroll:
- Click below to get started! The process is easy and will only take you a few minutes!
How do I register for 403(b) plan?
Enrollment for this plan is a two-step process. First, you must first establish a 403(b) account with an investment provider from a list of 50+ approved vendors. Second, you will create an account with TCG Administrators to elect your contributions on a pretax or Roth basis and define your beneficiaries.
How to enroll:
- Click here to see a list of approved vendors
- Evaluate and contact a vendor on the list and contact them directly to establish your retirement account
- After creating your account with a vendor, click Enroll to setup your online TCG account where you can elect and modify your contributions
- Follow each step until you get a confirmation notice… & you’re done!
How do I register for a 401(a) Incentive/Match Plan?
Please refer to the 401(a) Summary Plan Description for more information about the plan.
How do I register for a FICA Alternative Plan?
To access your account, follow these instructions:
1. Click the Login button in the upper right-handcorner
2. Click the Group Retirement Plans box
3. User Name will be your Social Security Number (no spaces or dashes): ######### 4. Password will be your date of birth (MMDDYYYY):#########
How do I request a distribution or a loan?
What are the eligibility requirements?
Should I consolidate old accounts from former employers?
Option 1: Leave money in previous employer’s plan (if permitted)
Option 2: Rollover your money to your new employer’s plan
Option 3: Rollover your money into an IRA
Schedule a meeting with a Retirement Plan Specialist to help you decide your best option.
Live assistance when you need it.
Monday through Friday, 8AM – 7PM CST
Find Plan Information & Forms
Looking for a specific document or form from your existing employer plan? Finding it is super easy. Visit our Plan Information portal and search using your employer’s name.
Have you submitted a loan or distribution request? You can check the status online by checking our Distribution Tracker.
Note: Please allow up to five days from your submission date to check the status.
Submit your Form
Ready to submit your paperwork? Submit a form.