Northwestern University applies distinct employee benefit rates in the compensation of its personnel. These rates are charged to sponsored projects from which Northwestern personnel are paid.
Rates change annually on September 1. The FY2021 fringe benefit rates along with a description of the components of the fringe benefit rates can be found within the current F&A and Fringe Rate Agreement (dated 07/07/20).
All new proposals should use these rates until further notice.
(09/01/2020 – 08/31/2021)
|Full Federal||Benefits-eligible employees paid from Federal funds (direct federal and federal flow-through funds*.)||25.2%|
|Full Non-Federal||Benefits-eligible paid from non-Federal funds||27.2%|
|Statutory||Temporary employees, supplemental pay to regular employees||6.7%|
|The Graduate School (TGS) student||TGS teaching assistants, research assistants, graduate assistants||2.0%|
|Other Student||Hourly wages to student workers, non-Graduate School graduate students||0.0%|
|Exempt||Federal Work Study salaries & wages, KSM consulting||0.0%|
* Federal Flow-Through Funds are funds that originate from the federal government, but whose granting entity is not necessarily the federal government.
For questions related to eligibility under any of the above indicated rates, see HR Benefit Eligibility.
Budget justification statement for proposal budgets:
- 09/01/20 – 08/31/21…. 25.2%
09/01/21 – 08/31/22 and thereafter…. 25.2% (provisional)
- 09/01/20 – 08/31/21…. 27.2%
09/01/21 – 08/31/22 and thereafter…. 27.2% (provisional)