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Proposal Budgeting Information

Federally-Negotiated Fringe Benefit Rates and Estimates for Future Years*

  14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18
Faculty - Full-Time (i.e., 51% FTE or greater) 27.0% 26.2% 27.7% 29.2%
Faculty (Part-Time, Overload, Summer, Retirees) 17.8% 19.2% 20.7% 22.2%
Full-Time Unclassified (including Unclassified hourly) 31.9% 36.4% 37.9% 39.4%
Part-Time Unclassified and Classified Staff 15.0% 15.0% 16.5% 18.0%
Full-Time Classified Staff 53.9% 44.4% 45.9% 47.4%
OPERS-Covered Students 16.5% 14.8% 16.3% 17.8%
Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) May be eligible for tuition remission;
see tuition schedule below.
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Employees See Student Employment Maximum Work Hours Policy
Note: FY16 rates updated 3/9/15 and are effective from 7/1/15 through 6/30/16. Estimated rates are our best guesses based on experience of previous two years, and are subject to change as actual rates are established.
*See also Controller's Office for further details on current rates (note: requires campus username and password).

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Rates

For background information on F&A rates, click here. (The approval date for these predetermined rates is July 1, 2013; cognizant agency is DHHS.)

Effective 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2017
Organized Research, On-Campus 48%
Organized Research, Off-Campus 26%
Other Sponsored Activities, On Campus 37%
Other Sponsored Activities, Off Campus 26%
Instruction, On Campus 48%
Rates are to be applied to modified total direct costs, consisting of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel, and subgrants and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 of each subgrant or subcontract (regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract). Modified total direct costs shall exclude equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient care, tuition remission, rental costs of off-site facilities, scholarships, and fellowships as well as the portion of each subgrant and subcontract in excess of $25,000.
Equipment means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.

Graduate Tuition*

Click here for rates. Because of unsettled state funding issues, it is very difficult to project tuition levels in future years. The Wright State Office of Budget Planning & Resource Analysis currently believes the best guess is in the neighborhood of 6% increases per year. Accordingly, RSP will use an average rate of 6% for external proposal budgeting purposes.
*See also below on tuition waivers.

Student Wages

The Hiring Process and the Need to Have a Position Classified
Student Employment Position Classifications and Pay Rates
Student Employment Manual
NOTE: The maximum hours an undergraduate student may work is up to 20 hours (30 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher) a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during the summer. The maximum an hourly graduate student may work is 30 hours a week during the academic year and 40 hours a week in the summer.

Graduate Research Assistant Stipend Costs
Recommended Levels per Quarter
Effective 9/1/2009
Science and Math (excl. Psych. & Env. Sci.) $4,333 $5,625 (BMS only)
Psychology $4,140 $4,140
Environmental Sciences (EVS) n/a $5,665 (effective Fall 2011)
Engineering $3,000-4,000 $3,750-6,000
For graduate assistant stipends in other schools/colleges, contact the appropriate business officer.

Policy on Fee Remission for Graduate Research Assistants

Pursuant to a September 17, 2012, document approved by the Wright State Research Council for graduate research assistants charged to a ledger 6 account:

    1. A graduate research assistant (GRA) is a full-time student working at the University under the supervision of a faculty member and producing potentially publishable and/or patentable scholarly research.

    2. For a GRA supported with a stipend of $850/month ($3,400/semester or $10,200/year) or more from an external research grant producing full F&A, the Graduate School will provide full tuition remission. Contracts written under this policy, like all graduate assistantship contracts, must be at least one semester in length.

    3. General graduate assistants (GA) whose tasks are administrative in nature or teaching assistants (TA) whose primary asignment is instruction are explicitly excluded from being covered by this policy.

Salary Increases

We are currently estimating increases of 3% each year, effective for FY12, and accumulated annually from that date. The 3% figure is based on average salary increases for the past several years. Individual proposals may use somewhat different escalation factors depending upon the context. For example, if an NIH program limits salary increases to 2% per year, then a 2% escalator should be used in proposals submitted to that program.

Calendar Year Information:

Calendar Year - 2080 hours, 260 days
Academic Year - 1560 hours, 195 days
Hours per month - 173.33

Research Positions Salary Schedule at WSU Human Resources (effective 7/1/2009)


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