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Fringe Benefits Pool

In 2009, the University of Florida implemented a new process for charging employee fringe benefits costs to departments. The Federal Office of Management and Budget allows universities to use an allocation method that applies fixed rates based on employee groups. This is known as a “pooled fringe rate.”

Among other reasons for its introduction, the use of a “fringe benefits pool” simplifies and improves the preparation and administration of budgets, including those associated with the grant proposal budget process.

Please note that the pooled rates have no impact on the cost of the benefits to employees.

The pooled rates include the following employer costs of taxes and benefits:

  • FICA OASDI (Social Security)
  • FICA Medicare
  • Health Insurance (including graduate assistant and postdoctoral associates health insurance)
  • Retirement (employer contributions)
  • Life Insurance
  • Clinical Disability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Eligible Leave Cash Outs
  • Sick Leave Pool payments
  • Paid Parental Leave payments

Fringe Benefits Pool Rates, 2017-18

The employee categories and corresponding benefit rates are as follows:

Employee Categories FY2018 FY2017 Change
Faculty (9-,10-, and 12-month) 27.4% 26.9% 0.5%
COM Clinical Faculty 18.3% 16.4% 1.9%
Exempt TEAMS/USPS 35.8% 36.9% -1.1%
Non-Exempt TEAMS/USPS 45.2% 44.8% 0.4%
Housestaff/Clinical Post Docs (CPFI) 20.6% 22.1% -1.5%
Graduate Assistants/Reg Post Docs (FAPD) 10.2% 20.4% -10.2%
Student OPS/Federal Work Study 0.6% 2.5% -1.9%
Other OPS/Temporary Faculty 6.6% 7.6% -1.0%

Please contact Brian Kuhl, bkuhl@ufl.edu or by phone (352) 294-7266, if you have any questions.