Participation in Social Security

Social Security
According to state and federal laws, as an employee of the LSU System, you must participate in a retirement plan. If your appointment is considered temporary or part-time for retirement purposes, you will automatically be enrolled into Social Security.

Social Security is the nation’s basic method of providing a continuing income when family earnings are reduced or stopped because of retirement, disability, or death.

With few exceptions, the State of Louisiana does not participate in the Social Security program. If you are enrolled in a Louisiana State retirement plan, you do not pay Social Security tax; however, if you were hired after April 1, 1986, you are required to pay the Medicare portion of the FICA tax (1.45% of your salary).

Contributions
Your contribution is 6.2% of gross salary. The LSU System’s share is also 6.2% of your gross salary.

Vesting
Technically, you do not become vested in Social Security. You are only eligible to receive your Social Security benefits once you meet Normal Social Security Retirement Age and have contributed a minimum of 40 quarters into Social Security. For more information, please call Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
Termination of Social Security Contributions will occur if:

Employment Ends If you leave employment with the LSU System, your Social Security Contributions may not be refunded. You are only eligible to receive benefits once you reach Normal Social Security Retirement Age and have contributed a certain amount of quarters into Social Security. For more information, please call Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

You Contribute for at Least Two Years and are a Full-time Employee Once you have contributed to Social Security for two years with the LSU System, you will be defaulted into The Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) defined benefit plan and have the option to change to the Optional Retirement Plan( ORP). However, if you are a part-time employee upon continuation, you will continue to participate in Social Security. Once your appointment becomes full-time, you will be defaulted into TRSL with the option to change to the ORP.