Social Security & Medicare

All employees of the College, other than most student employees, are covered by Social Security and Medicare.  Social Security and Medicare taxes, sometimes called FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) taxes, are automatically deducted from your wages unless you are an exempt student employee.

Social Security

Social Security provides you (and in some cases your spouse or former spouse) with a monthly retirement benefit at age 62 or later.  In addition, you may qualify for disability benefits if you become unable to work before retirement age.  If you die prematurely, Social Security provides your dependent children with support until age 18.  Your spouse, parents, and disabled children may also be eligible for survivor’s benefits.


Medicare provides you (and your spouse) with insurance coverage for some health care costs when you reach age 65.  You may qualify for Medicare coverage earlier if you become disabled.