Different fringe benefit rates are estimated for different types of employees at the University of Texas at Arlington. The rates are subject to change at the beginning of each fiscal year and cover costs such as health insurance, worker's compensation and retirement contributions. Fringe benefits are direct costs related to the amount of salary that is requested. These are not to be confused with F&A costs (see below). Currently, we estimate fringe benefit rates at 30% for faculty and staff and 10% for graduate students and 8.3% for undergraduate students, part-time and hourly employees. These estimates are used for budgeting purposes, actual fringe benefit expenses will be assessed to the project account as they are incurred.
Minimizing earthquake damage
A National Science Foundation grant is helping earth and environmental sciences Assistant Professor W. Ashley Griffith study how rock structures react to events such as earthquakes, meteor impacts, and explosions.