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This section will detail how to appoint and maintain student positions, requesting pay and managing pay adjustments.  It also includes information on requesting pay for Instructional Student Assistants (ISA).   For more information regarding appointing and processing ISA students please follow this link: Wiki-ISA Students.  If you have questions regarding viewing access contact HR Security.



Each department/college that employs students on campus will assign a primary and an alternate Student Payroll Attendance Clerk to perform these student employment tasks.  The Student Payroll Attendance Clerk is required to attend the HRSC - CMS: Time and Labor - Student Payroll training and have the appropriate Security Authorizations turned in to our HRIS department for Time and Labor access.

Student appointments or changes for job codes 1870, 1871, 1874, 1875 or 1868 must be effective at the beginning of a pay period.  Student pay periods match the Staff/Faculty pay periods on the current Faculty and Staff Calendar. Student time can only be reported in tenths of an hour increments.

You will find pertinent deadlines for student pay on the Campus Events Calendar. Our office suggests the use of Outlook calendaring options and reminders to ensure these strict deadlines are met.

Helpful Hints

Student Payroll Due is the day to enter your student time; typically the first workday after the pay period ends.

Manage Exceptions and Approve Time is the day to verify and approve the time you entered; typically the second workday after the pay period ends.  Please hold on to your original timesheets and use them to verify the hours entered for each student in the approval process.

Student Timesheets Due is the day that student timesheets are due to the Student Employment office; typically the third workday after a pay period ends.

Hourly/Intermittent Employee Pay Day is the hourly/intermittent payday; typically it is on the 10th of the month.  If the 10th falls on a Saturday, pay will be released on the Friday before.  If the 10th falls on a Sunday, pay will be released on the Monday after.  Please refer to Campus Events Calendarr for the exact date.

Please refer to our Student Policies and Procedures document and the Student Employment Office website for more information regarding student employees.

The common student job codes are as follows:

  • 1870 - Student Assistant
  • 1871 - Student Assistant - Work Study
  • 1868 - Student - Non-Resident Alien (NRA) (International Student)
  • 1874 - Summer Bridge Student
  • 1875 - Summer Bridge Student - Work Study
  • 1150 - Instructional Student Assistant
  • 1151 - Instructional Student Assistant - Work Study

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Establishing Student Eligbility

There are certain criteria a student must meet in order to be employed as a student assistant.  Our Student Policies and Procedures document has helpful information.  Please contact the Student Employment Office for more detailed and specific information regarding Student Employment Eligibility.

Students are only eligible to work 20 hours per week for all of their combined on-campus jobs.  Ultimately it is the students’ responsibility to monitor this limit since they may work for multiple department/colleges; however it is beneficial for each department/college to be aware of all positions held on campus for each of their active students.

It is the responsibility of the department/college to verify the student employment eligibility prior to submitting the paperwork to hire them.  Student Information should be monitored regularly.

Reviewing Student Information and Student Time

There are several ways to find information to help monitor Student positions.  Periodically the Student Payroll Attendance Clerk should monitor their student employees.  Various Oracle/PeopleSoft pages and Reports are available.

Student, TA, GA ISA Report: To verify students’ eligibility.  There are two ways to run this report, but running it periodically for “Ineligible Students Only” will give you a report of active student employees who are ineligible to work in a specific department for the date the report is run.  We suggest that you run this report at least twice a semester, once at the beginning and once right after the final drop date to ensure that your students have not fallen below the approved Unit enrollment.

Student Employee Data Lookup: You can look up individual students’ job history directly in Oracle/PeopleSoft using this process.  You can access the following information in this area of Oracle/PeopleSoft:

  • All positions the student employee holds on campus, whether active or terminated
  • History of transactions for each appointment
  • Specific Job Details such as:
    • CMS Position #
    • DeptID
    • Job Code
    • Empl Rcd #
    • Pay Rate Info

This should be reviewed when hiring students to verify if there would be any time constraint issues.  It should also be used when filling out various Payroll forms to ensure all detail information is correct.

T & L Job Roster: An Oracle/PeopleSoft report that provides a department/college a snapshot of all the active employees in a specific DeptID.  This report can be exported to Excel by following the directions in the BPG linked above and can also be used when filling out various Payroll forms to ensure accuracy.  In addition, it can be used to maintain Appointment End Dates for active student employees to ensure documents are prepared in advance for appointment extensions or terminations.

Departments/colleges have a couple of options to view what students have been paid.  Here are the most common:

T & L Student Pay Report: Most accurate method to review what was paid to each student each pay period Follow the link for instructions.  This provides departments/colleges the choice to view data for one or multiple DeptIDs, and to choose which Job Code to view as well as choosing a date range for one or multiple pay periods.  If the radio button for “Transmitted – Sent to PIP” is selected it will show what pay was requested for each student in the group selected.  We suggest this report is run with the print option selected as PDF for a more printer friendly report that includes; one page per Empl Rcd # and shows the days, hours, pay rate and total earnings.

Reviewing Student Time: This includes: Launch Pad, View Payable Time, and View Payable Time Detail.  These applications in Oracle/PeopleSoft allow departments/colleges to look at a snapshot of each student/job in a various formats.  From the Main Menu in Oracle/PeopleSoft, select Manager Self Service, then Time Management, then View Time then select the view you want.  Follow the link above for instructions.

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Hiring New Student Employees

When hiring a student new to your department/college, whether brand new on campus or new to your department, there are certain Federal and State requirements regarding employment.  Each new or returning employee will need to visit HRSC Counter in Kendall 220 for a determination on what paperwork will be required prior to their start date.  This paperwork must be completed PRIOR TO the employee starting work and prior to the employee being entered in Oracle/PeopleSoft.  All I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification requirements pertain to student employees.

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Student Employment Authorization (SEA) Forms

All student employment requests are made on one of two Student Employment Authorization (SEA) forms found on our website under either Student Payroll or Forms & Documents.  The Standard SEA form is for Job Codes 1868, 1870, and 1871.  The Bridge SEA form is used during the summer pay periods for students that are not enrolled in summer session classes, Job Codes 1874 and 1875.  Each form requires specific information regarding the Department, Attendance Clerk, Supervisor and the student and all fields must be completed.   Some of the transactions available on these SEA forms are below:

  • New Appointment
  • Concurrent Appointment – additional appointment in same department
  • Extend Appointment – if original appointment end date is approaching or past
  • Rehire previously separated employee
  • Pay Rate increase/decrease
  • Termination

Upon completion of these forms, please forward them to the HRSC Employment Services office.

Please note: All student pay rates that meet or exceed $9.40 per hour (Student Employee IV category), must be approved by the Student Employment Office and include an authorizing signature for the change.  Please refer to the Student Employee Classification Levels and Wage Rates document for more specific information.

Standard SEA

Each appointment for Job Codes 1870, 1871 and 1868 needs to have a beginning and an end date.  These dates should follow the State approved pay periods found on the annual current Faculty and Staff Calendar and are initially established on the Student Employment Authorization (SEA) form used to hire the employee.  Students may be hired in multiple positions within a department/college as well as across campus.  Student pay rates are set by the Student Employment Office and all rates submitted must match the Student Employee Classification Levels and Wage Rates.

Students may receive a pay rate change, can be terminated, rehired or their appointment may be extended beyond the Appointment End Date from the original SEA form.  The action check boxes at the top of the form are a guide to help direct you to determine which section must be filled out on the form.

NOTE: All areas pertinent to the transaction need to be filled in completely or the form will likely be returned to the department/college for correction.

Action Check boxes: Used to determine what type of transaction is requested.

Header Info: Required employee and department information and effective date of action

Transaction detail: Based on the Action Check Box, fill out the appropriate detail section of the form, including CMS Position #, Job Code, Empl Rcd # if already established, pay rate and Appointment End Date.

Signature section: if one of the 4 action check boxes on the top left are checked the student will need to sign and date the form prior to submitting the document to Payroll.

NOTE: It is not the responsibility of the department/college to decide if a student should be an NRA (Job Code 1868).  Instead, department/colleges should assume all student employees will be hired in Job Codes 1870 or 1871.  When the student comes to HRSC to fill out the I-9 portion of their New Employee paperwork, HRSC Employment Services will make any necessary changes if their status is deemed to be different than reflected on the SEA.

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Bridge SEA

Students that intend to work throughout the summer pay periods (June, July and August), but will not be enrolled in summer session classes, are required to be appointed to a Bridge Student Classification.  This position differs from Job Codes 1870 and 1871 in that Retirement and Medicare deductions will be withheld from their pay.  The Bridge Student Employment Authorization (Bridge SEA) is updated annually in May to include the current year’s effective dates and pay periods.

NOTE: NRA Students are exempt from the Bridge classification series.

Header Info: Student and department/college information, Student Employment office approval.  Please note that if the student holds an active 1870 or 1871 position at a Student Employee IV Category pay rate, Student Employment will need to sign the Bridge SEA form.

Transaction detail: Mark the boxes for the type of transaction and effective date of the transaction.  All Bridge Student Appointments end on the same date and will be automatically terminated by the Payroll Office.  Select the box for whether the student has work study or not and fill in the appropriate CMS Position # to correspond with your DeptID and the Job Code.

Signature section: Students only sign if they are a brand new employee and this is their first appointment on campus.

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Separating Students

Department/college offices are responsible for separating any students who will not be working for them any longer.  Please refer to the Student Separation Report for specific instructions.  This will create a report that lists students whose Appointment End Date lies within the parameters of the report.  The Student Attendance Clerk will fill in the “Last Day Worked” as necessary for each student, sign the report and turn in to the Payroll office.  If it is intended to extend an appointment for one of the students listed, that line of detail can be deleted.  Please do not overwrite any information that comes pre-printed on the report.

Requesting Pay

Reporting Time: Time sheets for Job Codes 1870 and 1871 are created using the “Student Time Sheet Tool”.  Follow instructions closely in the Steps to Complete Student Timesheet Tool and the time sheet will be auto-filled completely, including:

  • Department information
  • Student information (ID # and name)
  • Job Code
  • CMS Position #
  • Empl Rcd #
  • Pay Rate

For NRA and ISA employees there is an alternate time sheet tool available for use or use the printable student time sheet from our website.  If using the NRA, ISA timesheet tool, follow instructions closely and the entire time sheet will be auto-filled out completely.

Both of these “Time Sheet Tools” are found using your Outlook Public Folders, choosing All Public Folders, Business Affairs, Payroll Benefits HRIS, Student Time Sheet.

Hours worked are recorded on the time sheet and must be reported on the actual dates the student works.  Care must be taken to reflect appropriate unpaid lunch breaks according to the Student Policies and Procedures.

Reviewing Time: After the Student Payroll Attendance Clerk for the department/college gathers all of the time sheets for the month (on the last day of the pay period), they need to review each document for accuracy, including totaling the hours and verifying original signatures of the employee and supervisor.

Requesting Pay: Student time gets requested in one of two ways depending on the type of student.

Job Codes 1870 and 1871 - Work hours are entered in Oracle/PeopleSoft following the Student (1870 & 1871) Time and Labor Process. This process is discussed in detail during the HRSC - CMS-HR: Time and Labor - Student Payroll training that is required for every Student Payroll Attendance Clerk.

Job Codes 1868, 1874, 1875, 1150 and 1151 - The Student Payroll Attendance Clerk runs and prints the Attendance Certification Report (ACR) in Oracle/PeopleSoft, using the “Hourly/Intermittent” radio button for the pay period and their respective DeptIDs.  Reported time for all of your hourly/intermittent employees on the ACR is submitted to Payroll at the same time.  Time sheets must be attached in the order of employees on the ACR.  Total hours for each employee must be entered in the REG column, taking care to choose the correct Job Code and Empl Rec’d #.  Paper clip the time sheets to the appropriate ACR and submit  them to the Payroll Office on the due date listed on the Campus (Event) Calendar; typically the first workday of the next pay period.

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Pay Adjustments

Occasionally adjustments need to be made to Student Pay retroactively and these are initiated at the department /college.  The Student Payroll Adjustments (PT-11) form is used to request Pay Transfers, Pay Adjustments, and Prior pay Period Requests.  The top of the form is to identify the student, the department and the Pay Period that is affected by this request and needs to be completed in full.  You can only affect one pay period per PT-11 form.  All fields for the respective actions need to be completed.

Pay Transfers: Used when the department/college needs to transfer funds from one student position to another.  For example a student runs out of work study and you were not aware of it in time to request their pay correctly.  We can transfer funds from their work study position to their student assistant position.  Both positions have to be active in Oracle/PeopleSoft and must be at the same pay rate.  If one position is not active or established a SEA form will have to accompany the PT-11 to activate that position.  Remember that student pay can only be reported or adjusted in tenth of an hour increments, so if you are attempting to just meet a certain dollar amount you will have to calculate this to the nearest tenth of an hour.

Pay Adjustments: Used when adjustments to pay are warranted, either hours or pay rate.  If the pay rate is to be adjusted, Payroll will need to receive a SEA form to establish the correct pay rate for the affected student position.  If the hours are to be adjusted Payroll requires a copy of the original time sheet with the corrections made and original signatures from the student and the supervisor to accompany the PT-11 (Payroll will forward this time sheet to Student Employment after we have processed the adjustment request).

Prior Pay Period Requests: Used to request student pay (Job Codes 1870 and 1871) after deadlines have passed for a given pay period.  This action is only used if no pay has issued for the affected pay period for the specific student position.  Please note here that the original time sheet must accompany the PT-11 with original signatures (Payroll will forward this time sheet to Student Employment after we have processed the pay request).

All completed PT-11 forms with any necessary supporting documents are submitted to Payroll and processed on a flow basis.  For questions about the status of your PT-11 please contact your Payroll Technician.

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