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How to get started with your plan
Read the descriptions and select the option that applies to you.
Fill out an application
Your plan sponsor has established your company's plan, but we don't have any information about you, such as your name, address, and Social Security number. Please complete the online application.
Your plan sponsor has established your company's plan and has set up your individual account. If you haven't already done so, sign up for online account access so you can manage your account. Then click Enroll now next to your 403(b) account to start investing.
Start saving now
Your plan sponsor has established your company's plan and has set up your individual account. You've set up online account access—now it's time to save! Simply log on and click Enroll now next to your 403(b) account.
Stay on track with target retirement funds
Many plans use target retirement funds as the "default" investment for newly enrolled plan participants. Most plans offer our lowest-cost Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement Funds and may have additional choices among our broad-based mutual funds.
Vanguard Target Retirement Funds are a practical, cost-effective choice if you're not sure how to invest, or you simply don't have the time or interest to choose a mix of mutual funds for your portfolio.
If you invest in a Target Retirement Fund, pick the fund with the date closest to your retirement. The fund invests in Vanguard index funds, giving you access to thousands of U.S. and international stocks and bonds, including exposure to major market sectors.
Want more choices?
If your plan allows, you may also be able to select from a diversified lineup of low-cost funds—or even funds from other companies to meet your investment goals.*
Keep your costs low
You know exactly what you're paying for with Vanguard 403(b) Services. We only charge what's necessary to run our funds and we never hide our fees.
Save time with convenient services
With Vanguard 403(b) Services, you get services and options that make saving convenient and efficient.**
- The ability to contribute through payroll deductions so you never forget to save.
- The opportunity to elect automatic contribution rate increases.
- Loan services (if your plan allows).
- Roth 403(b) contributions (if your plan allows).
Manage your account online
Our secure plan participant website gives you the tools you need to transact on and monitor your investments and account information.
- Readily access your account information, such as the balance, performance, and transactions.
- Set your savings goals, contribution rates, and your investment allocation.
- Generate statements on demand and select the level of detail.
- Manage beneficiaries.
Do you have other 403(b) plan accounts?
If you have 403(b) plan accounts with other providers, you may be able to move your assets and consolidate your retirement savings at Vanguard.
You have a few choices for transferring 403(b) assets. We're here to help you understand your options, determine what's best for you, and guide you through the transfer.
Please call the Participant Service Center at 844-859-0275 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.
A type of account created by the IRS that offers tax benefits when you use it to save for retirement.
A type of employer-sponsored retirement savings plan that allows employees to contribute pre-tax dollars by deferring salary. Many plans offer a variety of investment options, and employers often match a percentage of employee contributions.
A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.
Anyone who contributes to a retirement plan, or is retired and receiving benefits from it.
The sum total of your investments managed toward a specific goal.
Usually refers to common stock, which is an investment that represents part ownership in a corporation. Each share of stock is a proportional stake in the corporation's assets and profits.
A loan to a corporation, government, or government agency in exchange for regular interest payments. The bond issuer agrees to pay back the loan by a specific date. Bonds can be traded on the secondary market.
The tendency for potential risk to vary directly with potential return, so that the more risk involved, the greater the potential return and vice versa.
A type of mutual fund that seeks to track the performance of a particular market index (sometimes referred to as a "benchmark"), like the popular S&P 500 index, Nasdaq, or Dow Jones Industrial Average, by buying all or a representative sample of the securities in the index it tracks.
An area of the economy whose businesses share certain characteristics.
A type of IRA that allows you to make after-tax contributions (so you don't get an immediate tax deduction) and then withdraw money in retirement tax-free as long as you meet the requirements.
A person or organization designated to receive the proceeds of an investment account (or an insurance policy, a pension, or an annuity contract) after the owner dies.