Fringe Benefit Rates for Fiscal Year 2015

Research Foundation Fringe Benefit Rates

Rates - Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Components

Regular Employees

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Summer-Only Employees

SUNY–IFR

(NYS Rate)***

Retirement

14.1

7.1

15.79

Group Health Insurance*

17.0

12.3

24.30

Social Security

7.3

1.0

3.3

7.0

7.45

Dental Insurance

1.2

.35

Vacation and Sick Leave Payments **

1.1

New York State Unemployment Insurance

0.5

0.1

0.3

0.1

.13

Group Life Insurance

 

.10

Long Term Disability Insurance

0.3

Workers' Compensation

0.7

0.2

0.1

0.5

4.47

New York State Disability Insurance

0.1

0.3

1.2

0.1

MTA Expense

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

Dependent Care Subsidy

0.1

 

 

 

Employee Benefit Funds

.89

TOTAL RATE

42.50%

14.00%

5.00%

15.00%

53.48

* Group Health Insurance includes vision benefits.

** This component consists of payments for accrued unused vacation leave made in accordance with the Research Foundation Leave Policy to employees who have terminated, changed accruing status, or transferred. It also includes payments for absences over 30 calendar-days that are charged to sick leave.

*** Represents the FY-15 IFR (NYS) rate for federal funds. Visit the New York State Office of the State Comptroller

NYS Guide to Financial Operations for rate documentation.

New York State Rate

The rate becomes effective July 1 in conjunction with the beginning of the fiscal year observed by State University of New York (SUNY).

Rate Approval Document

The fringe benefit rates are established with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The annual approval process encompasses updates to the negotiation agreements just for those campuses that have large program costs; however, the final DHHS approval process applies to all SUNY locations administered by the RF.

In DHHS's February 21, 2014 letter to the RF, DHHS states that "the fringe benefit rates that were negotiated apply to all SUNY campuses administered by the Research Foundation." Fixed rates for fiscal year 2015 and provisional rates for fiscal year 2016 are also outlined in that letter. The letter serves as an approval document for those campuses whose individual rate agreement was not amended.

Budgeting with the Rates

The approved fringe benefit rates must be used in all applications that request salary support beyond February 21, 2014.

Budgeting for Future Years

For fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2015, the following approach is recommended:

* Not approved rates but can be used according to sponsor guidelines

Type of Employee

Year

Rate

Regular

 

2016

43.5%

2017*

44.0%

2018*

44.5%

Graduate Student

 

2016

14.0%

2017*

15.0%

2018*

16.0%

Undergraduate Student

 

2016

5.0%

2017*

5.0%

2018*

5.0%

Summer-Only

 

2016

15.0%

2017*

15.0%

2018*

15.0%

SUNY Employee (IFR)

2016

56.88%

 

2017*

58.30%

2018*

59.92%

 

 

Change History

 

 

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