Students are limited to work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session. During periods when classes are not in session, student employees may work up to 40 hours per week. The scheduled periods of non-enrollment are Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks. During Summer Break, students are limited to 20 hours per week at any time they are enrolled half-time or more (6 or more credits as undergraduate students; 3 or more credits as graduate students) in summer session classes.
The University’s policy corresponds to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guideline that students are exempt from FICA as long as they are enrolled half-time or more credits AND work less than 20 hours per week. Under FICA, an employer withholds 7.65% of an employee’s gross wages for contributions to Social Security and Medicare. If a student is not enrolled for 6 credits (as undergraduate)/ 3 credits (as graduate) OR works above 20 hours in a given week, FICA will be deducted from their paycheck.