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Student Employee Information

A student employee is a part-time employee who is currently enrolled in at least a half-time credit load at the University of North Georgia (UNG) with the primary goal of achieving a degree.

A student employee is considered a temporary employee and is not eligible for benefits and also not eligible to work during official university closings.

If a student is enrolled for 6-credit-hours they will be exempt from FICA. The student FICA exception will not apply to students who are not enrolled in classes during school breaks of more than five weeks (including summer breaks of more than five weeks).

If a student employee does not meet the enrollment hours requirement, they will automatically be enrolled in the Georgia Defined Contribution Plan (GDCP) for temporary employees and subject to a 7.5% deduction and the 1.45% Medicare portion of FICA. There is no employer matching contribution for GDCP; however, there is a matching 1.45% employer Medicare contribution.

  • Student Assistants - The maximum hours students are allowed to work is 25 hours per week cumulative (in all jobs) for fall and spring semester. Student assistants are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes. If at any time their work hours exceed the 25 hours/week, they will be terminated as a student assistance and reclassified as a temporary employee.
  • Federal Work Study Students - Federal Work-Study is available through the Financial Aid Department; and this employment program is based on established financial need. Work-Study students work a maximum of 25 hours per week cumulative (in all jobs) for fall and spring semester.
  • International Students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are limited to 20 hours per week.

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