Student Casual Employees
In order to begin working at a new job on campus, start by filling out all of the required verification and tax documents with your hiring department.
If you are appointed as a Student Officer (e.g., Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant), please contact your Departmental Administrator for relevant information.
On or Before Your First Day
Introduce yourself to the departmental administrator
You need to make sure the department administrator or human resources representative knows you have been hired in order for your assignment to be processed correctly and for you to be paid on time.
Complete all required new hire paperwork
Your department cannot enter you into payroll, and you will not be paid, until all of your new hire paperwork has been completed and submitted to your department administrator or human resources manager.
The Form I-9 is required for all newly hired employees who will be working in the United States to verify that you are eligible to work in the United States.
As soon as you have accepted your new position, complete Section 1 of the I-9 Form.
Within 3 business days of your start date, visit an I-9 Service Center to complete Form I-9, Section 2. There are I-9 center locations on the Morningside, Manhattanville, CUMC and Lamont-Doherty campuses.
- Remember to bring the appropriate original documents with you, as listed in Section 1 of the I-9 online. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the USCIS website.
- Please confirm with your department manager what your date of hire is. This is required for the Form I-9.
All new hires must complete the Federal Form W-4 and state tax forms before receiving a paycheck. These forms provide the University payroll system with the required information to set up the appropriate tax withholding from your paycheck.
- Complete your Federal W-4 Form. Guidance on completing the federal W-4 can be found on the IRS website(link is external).
- Complete the appropriate New York State tax withholding forms -- IT2104 Form or IT2104.1 Form. Guidance on completing the NY State forms can be found on the New York State Department of Taxation website.
- If you are a Non-Resident Alien, please review the IRS guidance on Tax Treaty Claim Form 8233.
This will be provided to you by your hiring department. You must review the information, sign and return it to your departmental administrator or human resources representative.
If you hold a student officer appointment you cannot work more than 20 hours per week in all positions. If you are offered a casual job in addition to your student officer appointment, please discuss with the departmental administrator in the department in which you hold the student officer appointment.
After You Start Working
Timesheets are required to be submitted to your deparment at the end of each pay period. Timely submission of your timesheet will ensure that you are paid for the work done in that period. Please discuss the time sheet submission process with your department administrator, human resources representative or supervisor.
Access the Timesheet for bi-weekly casual employees.
Please remember you will not get paid if you do not submit a completed timesheet to the appropriate person in the department in which you are working.
Once your hiring paperwork has been completed and you are entered into the University payroll system—People at Columbia (PAC)—we recommend that you sign up for the free direct deposit service. Your paycheck will then be automatically deposited to your back account(s) each payday.
Most student employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Confirmation of your pay frequency was provided on the Casual Employment Form or NYS 195 Form you signed as part of your new hire paperwork.
The payroll calendars provides the specific dates on which you will receive your paycheck: