Student Employment Hire/Rehire/Additional Assignment

This document covers all student hiring actions, regardless of the student’s employment history, type of job (internship or not) and method of payment.

Selecting the Employee

The first stage in processing a student employee is to select the student. When processing a student employee you must use the student’s APID. The system verifies hiring eligibility against student information. 

If the student has other assignments, those assignments appear.  

An Employment Status box has been added on all student forms to provide you with enrollment/registration information. This will help you determine if a student is eligible for student employment during that particular time period or semester. 

To process a student form

To begin, from Actions:

  1. Select HR Forms: Pay & Cost Redistributions.
  2. From Select Employee Process, choose Create a New Appointment/Assignment.
  3. From This employee will be, choose Student Employee
  4. Select Start Employee Process.
  5. Enter the APID.
  6. Enter the Start Date.
  7. Click the Search Employee button.
  8. Click the Create Position button.

Creating the Position

Student positions are created whenever a process is initiated, as part of a continuous process. A position is always created, whether for a hire, rehire, or additional assignment. You will be asked a set of questions to determine the appropriate student employment titles to display.

Position Header

The first step in creating the position is to enter the organizational unit. The system then prompts you with a series of Yes/No questions. Your responses to these questions drive additional questions. The end result is a set of student job titles that correspond to your responses.

  • Will you be paying this employee a LUMP Sum? Also known as project pay, this means you pay the student on a lump sum basis rather than hourly.
  • Is this an Internship? Indicates whether or not this position is an internship. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
  • Is this internship paid? If you respond No to the first question, indicating you are not paying this employee a lump sum, and Yes to the second question indicating that this is an internship, this third question appears asking whether or not this is a paid internship.

To enter position header information

  1. Enter or search for and select the Organizational Unit of the position.
  2. Respond to the additional questions presented.
  3. Select the appropriate Job from the drop-down list. The system populates the minimum and maximum pay rates.
  4. Click the Next Step Supervisor button.  


Supervisory responsibilities include general supervision and time approval. The relationships are between the student’s position and the supervisor's position, though it is generally easiest to search for the position based on the person holding that position.

To enter supervisor information

  1. Check the check box if both functions are performed by the same person.
  2. Search for and select the Supervisor. If there is more than one entry for the person, choose the entry whose dates correspond to the hiring dates.
  3. If you did not check the box, also search for and select the Time Approval position. If there is more than one entry for the person, choose the entry whose dates correspond to the hiring dates.
  4. Click the Position Overview button.

Position Overview

The last step in creating the position is the Position Overview. Review the position information for accuracy, clicking the tabs to view each subject. You may change editable fields as needed. Once you have determined the position is correct, click the button to proceed to the next stage. 

The button name displays the appropriate process based on the person’s status with the university:

  • Hire, if the person is new to the university or brand new to the HR/Payroll system.
  • Re-Hire Employee, if the person was previously employed by the university but has had a break in service.
  • Add Assignment, if the person is currently employed by the university. 

The new form opens in the same window. The form title reflects the process, for example; Hire.  Once this window is open, the position window may be closed at any time. 

The following sections cover the Hire Employee process.  For information on rehiring or adding an assignment, see Appendix A.

Saving the Form

If at any point you wish to save the form and finish it later, click the Save Draft button. At any time you can click the link in the Inbox to open the form and complete it.

Placing the Employee in the Position

You move through the steps in the process using buttons on the screen.

  • Click the Next button to validate the information on the screen and advance to the next step. Any errors must be corrected before moving forward. Because options presented are based on information previously entered, you are less likely to encounter errors.
  • Click the Previous button to go back to the previous screen. 

You can also:

  • Click any step in the Navigation Bar to go directly to that section of the form. 
  • Go directly to the final summary step and enter all the information on one screen. 

However, these options bypass the validation that occurs when clicking the Next button. All validation occurs after you click the Check button and you receive all error messages in one long list. 

Here are some additional tips for completing the form:

  • Use the Tab key on the keyboard to move from field to field.
  • Where you see a Search lookup search button, you can press the F4 key to open the search window, rather than clicking on the button.
  • Fields may appear cut off if the window is not fully open or not set to 100%. 

Personal Details

Data is populated here either from SAP for students who have been previously employed by the University or from the Student Information System for students who have not previously been employed. Some fields can be edited. Verify that the name matches the name on the Social Security Number card. For international students who do not have an SSN, an SSN is generated by replacing the A in their APID with two zeros (00) and removing the last digit from the APID. 

All student employees, regardless of citizenship, must have a completed Form I-9 on file. This form must be completed within three days of the employment date and the original sent to central HR. 

To enter Personal Details

  1. Complete the Personal Details for the employee.
  2. Click the Next button.

Organizational Assignment

The position information shown here is for an hourly student employee and cannot be edited. If any information listed here is incorrect, you must start again from the beginning. 

Click the Next button when you are ready to continue.

Planned Working Time

The system display the applicable work schedule rule and employment percent. These fields are not editable. 

When hiring a student to an internship, provide the average hours per week the student will commit to the internship learning experience.

Click the Next button when you are ready to continue.

Pay and Cost Distribution

At least one pay and cost distribution row must have an end date of 12/31/9999. You may also enter additional accounts with end dates, such as contract and grant accounts.

To enter pay and cost distribution information

  1. Do one of the following:
      1. If paid hourly, enter the hourly rate in the box provided.
      2. If paid a lump sum, enter the lump sum amount in the box provided.
  2. Search for and select a Fund. If you type the account number, press Enter after typing it to default the other required accounting information.
  3. If necessary, search for and select funding elements. If a WBS Element (sub-account) does not appear in a row after the account number is entered this means that there more than one option for that account.  If no sub-account is entered, WBS Element defaults to “No_Sub-Account.”
  4. Repeat the above steps for each additional funding line. To add more rows, click the Add Row button and repeat the above steps. To remove a row, click the Remove Row button.
  5. Click the Next button when finished entering permissible accounts.

Additional Information

Depending on the answers to Additional Information questions, additional detail may be required. If the applicant has relatives working in the same department, the Conflict of Interest form must be faxed to the number on the form. The Attachments screen has a link to the Conflict of Interest form. Conflict of interest still applies only when the student is supervised by a full time employee.

To enter Additional Information

  1. Answer each question.
  2. If prompted, provide any requested additional detail.
  3. Click the New button.


Important Links at the bottom of the screen provide links to policies and procedures that may apply, and to forms that can be attached and submitted. Review this information as needed.

To enter comments and attach documents

  1. Upload the required attachments indicated.
  2. Enter any comments in the New Comments field.
  3. Click the Next button.

To upload an attachment

  1. Select the attachment being uploaded from the Attachment Type drop-down list.
  2. Click the Browse button to locate and select the attachment.
  3. Click the Upload button to attach the file.

Repeat this process for each additional attachment.

Summary Form

A summary of all information is displayed for final review and error checking. Review the completed form, making any needed changes to the information.

Click the Check button to have the system perform a final check of the information. Correct any remaining errors. 

At this point you can generate a PDF by clicking the Generate PDF button. The PDF version of the form opens in a new window, and can be saved or printed. 

As the form routes for approvals, approvers are able to view the form as a PDF by clicking the Generate PDF button.

Review Form and Confirmation

You are now ready to send the form for approval. 

Click the Send button to route the completed form for approval. Upon successful submission, the HR/payroll system displays a process reference number. 

The form then enters workflow. The form routes for all unit approvals, then updates the HR/Payroll system if approvals beyond the unit level are not required. If approvals beyond the unit level are required the form routes appropriately.

  • Internships route to Career Services for approval, who then approves it to update the HR/Payroll system. No manual entry is done.
  • Students paid on a lump sum basis route to central HR for approval. Central HR reviews the form, then approves it to update the HR/Payroll system. No manual entry is done by central HR. 

As the form routes for approvals, approvers are able to view the form via the Summary Screen or as a PDF by clicking the Generate PDF button. 

Attachments are an important part of the hiring process. To ensure that all appropriate attachments are available to all approvers, approvers cannot add or remove attachments. If attachments must be changed, the approver should reject the form back to the initiator.

Appendix A:  Filling Out the Re-Hire or Additional Assignment Form

If the student has been previously employed by the university you are presented with a Re-Hire or Add Assignment button after entering position information. These actions are currently performed using the older Adobe forms. This appendix covers these actions using the older forms. The focus is on hiring students paid on an hourly basis. Information specific to internships and lump sum payments is at the end of this document. 

Note that you still need to enter pay and cost information on this form since that information is not part of the position overview. 

The form opens with information populated based on the student’s current employment status. The Basic Data section contains information already entered during the process. If any of this information is incorrect, you must start over or contact the Student Employment Office if there is a discrepancy.

Student Employee Details

This section of the form holds the name of the student, which must exactly match the name that appears on their Social Security Card.

I-9 and Citizen Information

All students, regardless of citizenship, must have a completed I-9 form on file. The form includes a link to the I-9 form. This information is prepopulated for additional assignments. 

The Student Employment Office notifies units if/when rules change regarding international students. Any policy regarding international student employees can found on the Office for International Students and Scholars website.

Planned Working Time

The Work Schedule Rule defaults to Standard Student and should not be changed. Employment % can also be left at the default of 100.

Basic Pay

Enter the student’s hourly rate, which must be within the range shown on the form.

Cost Distribution

The cost distribution section defines permissible accounts the student can be paid from. Accounts entered here cannot have end dates, since student positions do not have end dates. To pay a student from an end dated account, such as a contract and grant account, complete a cost distribution after the student is employed to add the grant account. 

Note: If you try to add an assignment for a student who has an active no pay assignment that does not have a pay and cost record, you will receive a hard stop error message that says “Please create cost distribution with 100% for this hourly employee, and Please specify a percentage greater than 0.” Save a draft of the form and contact central HR to correct the issue. Once corrected, you will be able to process the form. This is a known issue that will be corrected when the new Student Add Assignment form is released.

Actual costs are driven by student time as it is entered.

To enter funding information

  1. Click the search button by the Account (Fund) field.
  2. Enter the account (fund) in the box provided, including MS at the beginning, or search for and select the account.
  3. Click the Submit button. Valid sub-accounts and sub-objects are populated.
  4. Leave no sub-account selected, or select a sub-account if applicable.
  5. If applicable, select a sub-object.
  6. Enter 99999999 for the General Org Ref ID or search for and select one.
  7. If applicable, search for and select a Project Code.
  8. Click the OK button. Codes for the selected options are populated on the form.
  9. Enter a percentage for the funding information. All percentages should total 100.
  10. Repeat the above steps as needed for additional funding lines.


Students must review and complete each of the policy forms, even for rehires or additional assignments, from Important Links. 

If the position the student is being employed for requires special certifications or skills, complete the Job Specific Policies section. For example, if a student is going to be driving shipments of goods around campus, they may be required to fill out the driver certification form. Date fields are provided next to the specific policy so that you can indicate when the form or policy was completed. 

Submitting the Form

Once the form is completed it is ready to submit. Make sure any necessary attachments have been attached. 

To attach files

  1. Click the expand tray icon for Attachments and Help Lookup band. The Attachments and Help Lookup bands appear.
  2. Click the expand tray icon for the Attachments band.
  3. Click the Add Attachment button.
  4. Under Attachment Type, select General Attachments.
  5. Click the Browse button to locate and select the file to be attached.
  6. Click the Upload button to attach the file.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for any additional attachments. 

To delete an attachment

  1. Check the box next to the attachment.
  2. Click the Delete Attachment button. 

To submit the form

  1. Click the Check and Send button to validate the form.
  2. Click the Send button to submit the form into workflow. A confirmation message appears, including a reference number. 


When hiring a student to an internship, an additional Internship section appears in the form. Enter the End Date and press Enter to populate the Midpoint Evaluation Date.  Check the policy boxes to indicate your understanding of them, and describe the internship project(s)/primary duties. 

Lump Sum Payments

The form used when paying students a lump sum differs. Enter the Lump Sum Amount. In the Description field, explain why hours cannot be tracked for the position, and enter information funding information in the comments section of the form. Only general fund accounts can be used to process the form. Submit a cost redistribution if the student should be paid from a grant account. Central HR enters the cost information when the form reaches them after unit approvals

Appendix B: Student Employee Work Hour Policies

The HR/Payroll system strictly enforces student employee work hour policies of 29 hours per week (20 for international students), regardless of the number of positions worked and/or graduate assistantships. For example, if a student works 20 hours Sunday through Wednesday for MSU Stores; that student can only work a maximum of 9 hours Thursday through Saturday for MSU Concessions. During finals week, semester breaks and during the summer, all students are limited to 40 hours per week. The 20/29 hour limit applies during the academic year (fall and spring semesters). 

Students receive two warnings when violating the 29 hour rule before being automatically terminated from employment on the third offense. Students that are terminated for this offense cannot be rehired into any hourly position at MSU for six weeks.