FICA Alternative Plan


The FICA Alternative Plan is a defined contribution retirement plan authorized under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. It allows certain employees in temporary positions to participate, providing an alternative to earning Social Security credits.


Who participates?

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Post Docs
  • Housestaff
  • OPS Employees (Both Exempt and Non-Exempt)


Enrollment in the FICA Alternative Plan is automatic for eligible employees.


  • Mandatory Employee Contribution: 7.50% of biweekly earnings
  • Voluntary Employee contributions are not permitted in this plan


The benefit received from the FICA Alternative Plan depends on the amount of money contributed by the employee and the growth of their investments over time.


Loans and Hardships

Loans and hardship withdrawals are not permitted in this plan.

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