Starting a New Job

Congratulations on obtaining a job on-campus! Review the information below to make the most of your new job. 

Required documents

All paperwork must be completed before you can receive pay. Students must have all required paperwork, including a Federal I-9, a Federal W-4, and a Michigan W-4 completed and on file with the designated offices before they begin working. You can obtain the forms here.

Once a student has an interview and is hired within an on-campus department, they need to fill out the necessary employment paperwork. This includes a Federal W-4 tax form, a State W-4 tax form, a city tax form (when applicable), and an I-9 form. The I-9 form can only be completed when the student brings in the necessary identifying documents. Document choices can be found on page 3 of the I-9 form. These documents include, but are not limited to-

  1. U.S. passport


  1. Driver’s license or student ID AND a social security card or birth certificate.

All of these documents MUST be the original – Student Employment staff will not accept copies, scans or pictures. Documents cannot be expired. Students cannot work on campus until their I-9 and tax forms are submitted. 

All of the necessary forms that students need to fill out can be found and completed in our office. We are located in room 104a in the Student Services Center on the Allendale campus.

Please note: If you have worked on-campus within the last 12 months or filled out the Federal I-9 form within the past 3 years, then you should have documentation on file already. You can contact our office to determine if you may need to fill out another form. 

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Reporting Hours

UltraTime is the method of reporting your hours. All student employees are paid by the hour and must report the hours they work. Different departments manage time reporting in different ways, and the supervisor is responsible for telling employees how to enter hours for their specific job(s). The Payroll Office manages UltraTime which is the typical reporting method of hours worked.

UltraTime Login:

You will log in using your Network ID and Password.

Guidelines for reporting hours:

  • Employees should confirm with their supervisor if hours will be reported electronically or by scanning in with their ID card.
  • All hours must be approved by a supervisor.
  • Hours must be reported in UltraTime. It is recommended you enter your time daily. Failing to enter your hours into UltraTime complicates the process and can result in incorrect or delayed pay.
  • The workweek, like the calendar week, is Sunday through Saturday. Student employees are paid on Tuesday for work done the weeks prior. A calendar is available for the pay period dates and pay dates.
  • Departments may have their own deadlines for time entry. However, you must have your hours entered by the end of the pay period.

Paycheck and tax forms


Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit with the Payroll Office through their myBanner account. Students who do not set up Direct Deposit will have their paychecks loaded on to a Rapid Visa Pay Card. More information can be found on the payroll website.

Students can also view their paychecks online through MyBanner.

  • Go to MyBanner and log in.
  • Navigate the following path: Employee > Pay Information > Pay Stub
  • Select year
  • Choose pay stub from list

If there is a problem with the student's pay, the supervisor may contact the Payroll Office.


Students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits and working on-campus do not contribute to FICA (Social Security) during the academic year.

Students will contribute to FICA for all off-campus positions throughout the year and for any on-campus work when not enrolled in at least 6 credits.

University Fringe Rate for Student Employees if not enrolled in at least 6 credits is 7.65%.

W-2 Information

W-2 forms are prepared by the University for all students who have been paid through the payroll system. It is strongly recommended that you select to receive an electronic W-2. You can consent to receive an electronic W-2 by following the steps below. If you do not select to receive an electronic W-2, a paper form will be mailed to your permanent address.

For Electronic Consent:

  • Go to MyBanner and log in.
  • Navigate the following path: Employee > Tax Forms > Electronic Forms W-2 and 1095-C Consent
  • Check the Box
  • Select Submit

To view electronic W-2:

  • Go to MyBanner and log in.
  • Navigate the following path: Employee > Tax Forms > W-2 Wage and Tax Statement
  • Select the Tax Year
  • Select Display 

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Job Responsibilities

Taking a job is a commitment. Please review the list of suggestions regarding how to conduct yourself on the job. As a member of a working unit that depends on you, you are expected to:

  • Establish a work schedule that does not interfere with your class schedule. You CANNOT clock hours during the same time that a class is in session.
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any changes to your work schedule or other commitments that will affect work availability.
  • Give advance notice when unable to work a scheduled shift.
  • Take the job seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability.
  • Treat your supervisor and fellow employees with respect.
  • Dress appropriately for the job location (some work sites have dress codes).
  • Report to work on time.
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any possible delays.
  • Do not conduct personal business on the job.
  • Refrain from using cell phones and music devices while on the job.
  • Accurately report the hours you work.
  • Falsifying your time sheet is a federal offense.
  • Give two weeks notice when resigning.
  • If you are a Federal Work Study student, keep track of your remaining award. Working lots of hours can result in your award not lasting you the entire academic year. 

Job Challenges

Suggestions to Help Navigate Challenging Situations

We encourage supervisors to keep lines of communication open, clear, and constructive. But remember that this is also the student's responsibility. If you have questions, complaints, suggestions, or issues, let your supervisor know. If your schedule changes and you need to alter your work schedule, let your supervisor know. If class requirements are making it difficult to keep your regular work hours, talk to your supervisor. Having your questions answered and sharing your views will help you get the most out of your job. 


Changes in class schedule, academic pressures, or other factors may affect your ability to commit to your on-campus part-time job. If resignation is the only solution, discuss your concerns with your supervisor and, if possible, give at least two weeks notice. 

Being Terminated

If your supervisor is not satisfied with your performance, you can be terminated. It is strongly recommended, however, that prior to termination a supervisor meet with a student to review performance concerns, issue a written warning, and establish a timetable to measure improvement. For gross misconduct, your supervisor may terminate your employment immediately, and you may be referred to the Dean of Students for further action. Gross misconduct includes, but is not limited to, theft of University property, harassment, violation of computer security policies, and time sheet fraud.

If You Are Terminated 

If you are terminated and need to discuss further work options, please contact Student Employment.

Page last modified January 20, 2023