New Jersey ABP and ACTS Programs
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Find more information here about taking a loan from your NJ Higher Education plan.
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Top Questions – see what others in NJ Higher Education are asking
Q: How do I enroll in a plan?
A: Contact your Equitable Advisors campus representative or enroll online: 403(b) online enrollment | 401(a) online enrollment
Q: Can I take a hardship withdrawal against the ABP 401(a) plan?
A: No, hardship withdrawals are only available with the 403(b)/ACTS plan if you qualify.
Q: If I have an existing loan, can I take a subsequent loan.
A: You can take a subsequent loan only if you pay off the existing loan plus interest. Contact 800 628-6673 for the loan payoff amount.
Q: I was just hired... when can I take a loan against my ABP account.
A: You are eligible to take a loan once you are vested in the ABP pension which occurs in your 13 month of employment or your 3rd semester.
Q: If I close my ABP pension account, will it affect my TPAF pension?
(Example scenario: I am a public school teacher and I have been a Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAFA) member for the past 15 years. I just earned a doctorate in Education Leadership and I am moving to a new school district in the fall and I will be an assistant principal. Over the past couple of years I have also been moonlighting at the local community college. Unfortunately they are not offering the class I teach any longer.)
A: Yes, if you take any monies out of your ABP account, you will forgo future participation in the ABP and you will be barred from continuing your membership in the TPAF.
Q: If I have an Equitable 403(b) plan in my K12 school district, but I also teach some college classes. Can I have the ABP and 403(b) ACTS monies from my work in the colleges be deposited in my K12 school district 403(b)?
A: The ABP pension is a group pension with the state of NJ and the 403(b) ACTS is an agreement with your NJHE employer, so you would have to set up separate Equitable accounts specific to your NJHE employer. Contact your local Equitable campus representative to help you complete your enrollment in the ABP and/or 403(b) ACTS plan.
Q: If I work at one NJHE institution and will also be teaching at a new NJHE institutions this fall, can I have contributions from the new NJHE institution be directed to the employer that I have been with the longest?
A: If you are an active employee at multiple NJHE employers, you would have to have separate ABP and/or 403b ACTS accounts at each employer. Contact your original Equitable representative to help you complete your enrollment at the new NJHE Institution.
Q: I am a retired NJ pension member (TPAF, PFRS, PERS, JRS, NJSP) ,and I am taking pension payments. This fall, I am teaching a class at the local community college. Can I participate in the ABP pension?
A: Since you are taking pension payments, you can no longer participate in any NJ state pension. You can, though, contribute to a 403(b) ACTS plan that is available through your NJHE employer. Contact your local Equitable campus representative to help you complete your enrollment in the 403(b) ACTS plan.
Q: How do I take out a loan?
A: Here you’ll find an overview of the loan application and repayment process, and you can access the EQUI-VEST loan application form here, as well.
Q: Do clients have to set up a separate 403b Roth account with Equitable Financial if the employer permits 403b Roth deductions?
A: No, the Equitable Financial 403b ACTS plan accepts both pre-tax and Roth 403b contributions within the same account and will display them separately within the same account.
Q: If I am under age 55, a vested ABP member and have stopped working for my NJHE employer, can I withdraw or rollover my entire ABP 401(a) pension account balance?
A: According to the plan guidelines set by the NJ Division of Pension and Benefits, ABP members under age 55 can only access their contributions to the plan. The employer-matched monies can be withdrawn or rolled over at age 55.
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