Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Hiring a Student Worker & Processing HR Paperwork

The Loyola HR/Payroll system is utilized to pay both undergraduate and graduate students who work for the university. All student workers are limited to 19.5 hours of work per week, and are paid hourly for their work. The current minimum wage is $15.40 per hour, and was effective July 1, 2022.  
Student Worker Classification
  • In order for a student to be classified as a student worker, the student must be enrolled for the semester that the student is employed on-campus.
  • A student who was enrolled for the spring semester, and intends to enroll in the fall, may be eligible for summer student employment.
Below are detailed step-by-step instructions regarding the paperwork a department needs to process and submit to Human Resources for each student that is hired/re-hired. 
Step 1 - Submit an ePAF Form first, and always first. The department must submit an Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) for all student worker employment actions including new hires, rehires, budget changes, including applying federal work-study funds, hourly salary changes and terminations. Information needed on the ePAF includes effective date of employment (includes training/orientation), position number, department name and hourly wage. Access to ePAF can be granted by submitting an ePAF request form
Step 2 - Is your student worker a new hire (first on-campus job ever)?
  • Yes –Continue to Step 3 - New Hire Packet must be completed
  • No –Continue to Step 4 - Rehiring a Student Worker
Step 3 - Submit a New Hire Packet: The ePAF system will inform you if the student is already present in the HR/Payroll system. If ePAF says the student is present in the HR/Payroll system, a new hire packet via WorkBright should not be sent to the student. If the ePAF system says, “Person is not present in the HR/Payroll system,” the department will need to send a new hire packet to the student electronically via WorkBright. WorkBright is an onboarding software and has replaced the paper/PDF new hire packet. If a hiring manager needs access to WorkBright, please contact Human Resources at hr-payroll-processing@luc.edu.  Students may not begin working until Human Resources has received the completed New Hire Packet, including the completed I-9 form. 
Additional information and helpful resources regarding the information that is collected in the New Hire Packet are noted below:
  • The I-9 form is included in the New Hire Packet. Please review the Federal I-9 form resources webpage.
    • Every student worker must submit this form once and typically takes place with the student’s first on-campus job. Students may not begin working until Human Resources has received the completed I-9 form.
  • How to obtain a Social Security Card if you are an international student on a F-1 or J-1 visa?
    • Additional information regarding the process, including documentation needed in order to obtain a Social Security Card, is found on the International Student and Scholar Services webpage.
  • Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance
    • Any International Student receiving payment from Loyola must sign up for an account with the GLACIER System, the online Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance System, in order to determine appropriate tax withholding from pay.  More information about Nonresident Alien Compliance can be found on the Loyola Financial Services webpage.
Step 4 - Rehiring a Student Worker (held an on-campus job before):  The department should confirm if any of the student's personal information like mailing address, tax withholding, direct deposit information, etc. needs to be updated with Human Resources. Change of address, federal tax withholding and direct deposit information can be updated by the student via the Employee Self-Service (ESS) Portal at https://ess.luc.edu/.
Step 5 - Human Resources Paperwork Processing Deadlines: All employment paperwork including ePAFs and completed New Hire Packets are due to Human Resources no later than the Wednesday prior to the end of the bi-weekly pay period. The payroll calendar can be viewed online.
Step 6 - Recording work hours to pay your Student Worker:  The student's department supervisor is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the hours students work are submitted and approved each pay period. Hours are submitted through KRONOS TimecardKRONOS Timecards questions should be directed to Payroll at 312-915-7444 or payroll@luc.edu.
Additional information and resources are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at hr-payroll-processing@luc.edu or 312-915-6175.
Effective July 1, 2017, hourly paid student workers will accrue at the rate of 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, with a maximum of 40 accrued hours within a 12 month period. Accruals begin from an employee’s date of hire and employee's are eligible to use sick leave after they have completed their first ninety (90) days of employment.
  • You can update your Direct Deposit, Federal W-4 Withholding information, and change your address with Human Resources via the Employee Self-Service Portal (ESS) at https://ess.luc.edu/. Additionally, you can review your sick leave balance in ESS.

For 22-23 Academic Year: 

  • Federal Work Study (FWS) is available to eligible student workers on August 14, 2022. FWS can be applied by submitting an Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) to Human Resources for processing.   Due to an increase in federal funding for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program for the 22-23 academic year, eligible FWS students should be charged 75% to FWS 529323-5310 and 25% to your department. 
    • Please remember that the FWS position number starts with the 147XXXX and the NON FWS starts with 148XXXX.  Students and supervisors need to select the correct position number at all times.
    • Your departmental student worker budgets (account code 5310) will remain as budgeted for fiscal year 2023. Therefore, you may be able to support more student workers/hours as a result of the increased federal funding. The student worker budgets should not be transferred to cover other non-salary operating costs. Please contact the Budgeting Department at FinancialPlanning@luc.edu for any budget-related questions.
*FICA Tax Exemption - The student worker must be enrolled and attending classes on at a least half time basis, either in an undergraduate or graduate program of Loyola University Chicago, during the semester/quarter in which the work is being performed. More on the Student Employment FICA Exemption Policy can be found online.
Hourly paid student workers are paid bi-weekly.
  • Do you need to enter your hours worked in order to receive wages? The KRONOS Timecards website is utilized to enter and track hours worked: KRONOS Timecards
  • Employee Self-Service is available to review your paycheck stub and W-2 information: https://ess.luc.edu/