Summer FICA Policy

FICA will be withheld from all student employees, except for those international students who have been present in the United States for less than 5 years, during the upcoming summer.  Please note that for weekly-salaried students the first summer pay checks will be issued on May 6.  These checks will be subject to FICA.  For hourly paid students the first summer pay checks will be issued on June 3.

Students who meet one of the following criteria will receive a FICA rebate.

  •  An enrolled graduate student certified full or part-time on the Registrar’s file for SUM2 based on program requirements. 
  • A graduate student enrolled in an 11 week research course with a full or part-time   certification code in SUM1.
  •  A graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in an 11 week (non-research) summer course for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  •  A graduate or undergraduate student who was enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours over both the SUM1 and SUM2 semesters (credits must be accumulated in both semesters) will be eligible to receive a FICA rebate.

 EXAMPLE:

Rebate Eligibility Summer 1 Enrollment Summer 2 Enrollment
Eligible 4 Credits 4 Credits
Eligible 2 Credits 4 Credits
Not Eligible 0 Credits 8 Credits
Not Eligible 6 Credits 0 Credits

 The FICA rebate schedule for this summer has not yet been finalized.  We will notify you by email once a decision has been made regarding the schedule.

 VERY IMPORTANT:  Students who are eligible to receive a FICA rebate must not work in excess of 39 hours per week.  Working in excess of 39 hours per week on a regular basis (more than 3 weeks) will invalidate a student’s eligibility to receive a FICA rebate.