​Santa Monica Community College District offers employees the ability to participate in a 403(b) or 457(b) retirement plan administered through Schools First Federal Credit Union.

Participation in these plans is voluntary and allows you to contribute pre-tax or after-tax dollars directly from your paycheck into a retirement account with an Investment Provider of your choice. Employees can select an Investment Provider available within the Santa Monica Community College District approved providers list.

2018 Annual Contribution Amount

  • Normal Contribution Limit$18,500
  • Additional Catch-up Amount for Employees age 50+$6,000

How to Participate in a 403(b) or 457(b) plan​

Step 1: Contact Schools First FCU

Schools First FCU can assist employees with opening a 403(b) or 457(b) account. Employees can consult with a financial advisor through Schools First FCU, a financial advisor of their choice or choose an investment option on their own. The List of Approved Providers for the District can be found below or you can view the approved providers on 403bCompare.

Step 2: Open your 403(b) or 457(b) account

Once an employee has selected a provider of his/her choice, Schools First FCU (or your own advisor) can assist with opening an account. Employees will need to complete the enrollment forms with the provider in order to set-up an account.

Step 3: Complete and Submit a Salary Reduction Agreement Form (SRA)

Once your account is opened, you will need to complete and submit a salary reduction agreement form to Schools First FCU. Employees can begin and stop participation in the 403(b) and 457(b) plans at any time by submitting a SRA to Schools First FCU.

Important: You must have an open account with a provider first before submitting a SRA Form to Schools First FCU.

Plan Information & Forms

Annual Meaningful Notice

Plan Administrator

Contact Information

Eric Reese
Phone: (800) 462-8328 ext.4116 or 4727
Fax: (714) 258-4262
Email: ereese@schoolsfirstfcu.org


PO Box 11547
Santa Ana, CA 92711

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources:

​Alysha LaScalza
Employee Benefits Specialist
(310) 434-4523 / lascalza_alysha@smc.edu

Lugina Rogers
HR Analyst-Leaves & Benefits
(310) 434-4060 / rogers_lugina@smc.edu