Your Salary

FractionSalary per Semester, 2020-2021
0.087$1,951.62
0.137$3,073.24
0.187$4,194.86
0.237$5,316.48
0.25$5,608.10
0.3$6,729.72
0.35$7,851.34
0.5$11,216.20
0.6$13,459.06
0.65$14,581.06
0.75$16,824.30
1$22,432.40

September Advance

As of May 1, 2020, individuals covered under GEO’s contract are eligible to receive a paycheck advance for the month of September at either the beginning or middle of the month. If you opt for this, you will receive your whole September paycheck early and therefore will not receive your next paycheck until the end of October. 

To receive this benefit, you must fill out the “GEO September Paycheck Form,” which can be downloaded here. You must then return your form to the Payroll office either by email (payroll@umich.edu) or by fax (734-647-3983) by the following dates:

Fall 2020

  1. August 28 to receive your full September paycheck on September 4
  2. September 4 to receive your full September paycheck on September 14

Fall 2021

  1. August 27 to receive your full September paycheck on September 3
  2. September 3 to receive your full September paycheck on September 13

Fall 2022

  1. August 26 to receive your full September paycheck on September 2
  2. September 2 to receive your full September paycheck on September 12

For questions regarding this payment, please call the University Payroll Office at 734-615-2000, option 2. 

Payroll Taxes

You are required to file federal and state taxes every year. Most GSIs are eligible for FreeFile tax prep software for their federal taxes! Check this out before you pay for TurboTax or an equivalent. 

For more information regarding payroll taxes, contact the following:

FICA EXEMPTION FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER TERMS

Ph.D. students who are actively working on their dissertation during the spring/summer term, are registered less than half-time (2 credit hours), and are working as a GSI, GSRA, GSSA or a temporary appointment are eligible to apply for an exemption from the FICA withholding on those wages. The FICA tax, under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, is currently 7.65% of an employee’s earned income (6.2% for Social Security plus 1.45% for Medicare) and is automatically withheld from the employee’s paycheck.

The student’s faculty advisor will need to certify to the student’s summer plans. A “Request for Exemption from FICA Tax While Working on Ph.D. Dissertation” form is available on the Payroll website.

All graduate students are exempt from the FICA withholding during the Fall and Winter terms on wages as a GSI, GSRA, GSSA or a temporary appointment, assuming they are enrolled for 4 or more credit hours (considered to be a half-time or greater enrollment). For Ann Arbor students, the payroll system will review the students’ enrollment status continually throughout the year. For Flint and Dearborn students, a periodic list from the campus Registrars’ offices will be used to determine student status.

For questions about the FICA exemption, contact the University Payroll Service Center (payroll@umich.edu or 734-615-2000, option 2).