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Student Payroll Procedures

All student employment payroll is processed through the Workday system. Students report their hours worked and are paid every two weeks. Because the process is bi-weekly, students must submit their web time sheets every other Monday by 10am. On Friday of that week, students will either receive a pay check in their Vassar mailbox, or if enrolled, a direct deposit into their designated bank account.

The annual student payroll calendar outlines important dates and deadlines for each pay period. In addition, courtesy reminder emails are sent out prior to all payroll deadlines. Be sure to comply with these dates so that you are paid on time.

Select from the following:

Student Wage Limits

The hourly wage is $12.50 for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Earnings and Hours

For students with a work study award in their financial aid package, your academic year earnings may not exceed the total amount listed on your financial aid award letter. Students are responsible for monitoring their earnings by regularly reviewing their payslips in Workday. For students on work study, their earnings cannot exceed the total amount of the work study award listed on their financial aid letter. For students without work study, their maximum academic year earnings limit is $3,000.

Break positions are handled separately. Winter, spring, and/or summer break earnings do not count towards the students work study award/maximum earnings limit. Click here for more information on our break policies.

The SEO will also monitor student earnings throughout the year and will contact the student and employer if the guidelines above are not followed.  


Direct Deposit

We strongly enourage students to sign up for direct deposit. You will avoid misplacing checks, having to go to the bank to cash a check, filling out forms with the Post Office to have mail sent elsewhere during break, etc.  Signing up for direct deposit is done electronically.  Review the instructions.  You will need your bank information, account information and routing number.  Please be advised that it can take 1-2 payrolls before the direct deposit goes into effect.


Student Employee Tax Information

The W-4 form is used to determine how much (if any) tax should be withheld from a student’s pay. Vassar withholds Federal and New York State income taxes based on the W-4.  Students are not automatically exempt from having income taxes withheld. Even federal work study wages are taxable income. International students should check their country’s tax treaty status to determine if their earnings are exempt from U.S. taxes.  Students should direct questions regarding the W-4 and taxes to their parents, an accountant, or the IRS. The tax assistance hotline is 1-800-423-1040.

In accordance with the Internal Revenue Code, the college provides all students with a W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) at year-end.  This is sent by January 31 for the preceding calendar year’s earnings and is mailed to the student’s permanent home address.  W-2 forms from Vassar should be used to file the federal and state tax returns.  A copy of the W-2 for current international students will also be mailed to their campus box and is also found in Workday.  It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to file the appropriate income tax forms annually.