Hiring Students

After the interview and before the first day of work, these are the steps that must be taken before a new student employee may begin.

I-9 and Tax Forms
The Social Security Card
About FICA
Employment Eligibility:
CMU Students
High School Students
International Students

 
First time student employees must complete state and federal tax forms and an I-9 form in the Student Employment Services office before starting work.  The student needs ID. The most commonly seen forms of ID are a Campus ID card or Driver's License and either a Social Security card, certified copy of a birth certicate or a US Passport to complete the forms.  Upon completion of the paperwork, the student is given a signed Hire Authorization Card (aka the "red card") to return to the student's supervisor.  After the supervisor receives the Hire Authorization Card, the student is eligible to begin working.  Supervisors must always insure that this requirement is met.
 
Any student working without a Hire Authorization Card
is in violation of Federal law.
 
If a student has not completed the required paperwork within three business days, that student is subject to termination.   The supervisor receives a "Not Eligible For Work" list.  Do not let listed students work until they present a valid Hire Authorization Card.

Social Security Card
 
Why do students need to have a Social Security card when they come to SES?
 
From IRS Publication 15, Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide
 
As an employer:  "You are required to get each employee's name and Social Security Number (SSN) and to enter them in form W-2 (this requirement also applies to resident and nonresident alien employees). You should ask your employee to show you his or her Social Security card.  The employee is required to show the card."
 
If students do not have a Social Security card, they may go to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 1940 Sweeney Street in Mt. Pleasant between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) to apply for a new card.  The SSA requires students to present government issued photo IDs when applying for a replacement card.  The card is then mailed to the student within 7-10 business days; however, the student will be given a document to use for employment purposes.  This document should be brought to the Student Employment office to complete the required paperwork.
 
Also, the employment office must: 

"Record the name and number of each employee exactly as they are shown on the employee's Social Security card.  If the employee's name is not correct on the card (for example because of marriage, adoption or misspelling), the employee should request a new card from the SSA.  Continue to use the old name until the employee shows you a new Social Security card with the new name."
 
Directions to SSA
 
From Bovee University Center (leaving campus) turn left on Preston St. to Mission St.  Turn right onto Mission St. heading south; at the corner of Mission St. and Broomfield Rd. turn left.  Take Broomfield Rd. to Sweeney Rd. and turn left; SSA is on the left (Westside) of Sweeney St.
 
FICA

CMU student employees normally do not have Social Security taxes (FICA) withheld from their pay.  During the Academic year, student employees are exempt from FICA withholding if they are enrolled half-time (six credit hours for undergraduate students; five credit hours for graduate students.)  During the Summer, to be exempt from FICA withholding, citizen students must be enrolled at least half time.  High school students always have FICA withheld regardless of enrollment status or the number of hours worked.  International students never have FICA removed.


Employment Eligibility:  CMU Students
 
Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible to work on campus during current school semesters.  Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours; graduate students must be enrolled in at least 5 credit hours.  Work Study students must also be on good academic standing with the university.  Students may work at more than one job on campus. During the academic year, student employees may not work more than 50 hours per pay period at any and all campus job(s) they hold, combined
 
 

Employment Eligibil​ity:  High School Students
 
High school students are eligible to work on campus if the student is at least 16 years old and has a valid work permit, obtained from the Student Employment office. 

Students who complete a work permit and return it to the Student Employment office may work if the following stipulations are met:
  • A high school student may work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. during summer break)
  • A high school student may not work more than 48 hours during Summer (24 hours maximum during the school year.)
  • A high school student may not work more than 10 hours in one day
  • A high school student may not work more than 6 days in one week
 
International​ Students
 
International students must be enrolled as full-time students to be eligible to work.  International Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and International Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours. International Students must be hired only as student employees. They cannot be employed as temporary staff.

International students may not work more than twenty hours per week combined at any and all campus job(s) they hold, including graduate assistantships.  During Summer, international students may work forty hours per week combined at any and all campus job(s) they hold.  Thanksgiving week, the semester break in December and Spring Break are NOT considered non-enrollment periods.
 
For further clarification about the 20-hour work week rule, call Student Employment at 989.774.3881
 
When international students are first employed, they must come to the Student Employment Office (Bovee 121) to fill out hire paper work.  Students must bring with them:

  • Social Security Card
  • Picture ID
  • I-20 Form or IAP-66 Form
  • Passport
The Social Security card can be obtained at the SSA, 1940 Sweeney Street in Mount Pleasant.  The hours of operation are 9:00am - 3:30 p.m., (Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - Noon), phone:  989.775.5411.  Inform all new employees that the Social Security card is needed before coming to fill out the hire paperwork.
 
Upon completion of the hire paperwork, the student will be given a signed Hire Authorization Card (aka the red card) to return to the student's supervisor. After the supervisor receives the Hire Authorization Card, the student is eligible to begin working. Supervisors must always insure this requirement is met. 
    
Any student working without a Hire Authorization Card
is in violation of Federal law.
 
If a student has not completed the required paperwork within three business days, the student is subject to termination.   The supervisor receives a "Not Eligible For Work" list.  Please do not let students on this list work until they present a valid Hire Authorization Card.
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