Direct Deposit

When is payday?

If you are paid weekly, you will be paid every Friday. If Friday is a holiday, you will be paid on Thursday. If you are paid monthly, you will be paid on the last bank day of the month.

How do I change my address?

You can change your address through Employee Self-Service (ESS). Log into ESS and choose “Personal Information”, “Home Address and Emergency Contact” and choose “edit”..

How do I have my paycheck deposited directly into my bank account?

You can easily sign-up through Employee Self-Service (ESS) by selecting “Benefits and Pay”, “Direct Deposit”, “NEW”. A Kerberos password and a checking or savings account with a United States bank or credit union are required. You will need your bank account number and bank routing number (located at the bottom of your personal checks. Please view this sample check). YOU CANNOT USE YOUR DEBIT CARD NUMBER OR THE ACCOUNT NUMBER IMPRINTED ON DEPOSIT SLIPS AS THESE ARE NOT THE CORRECT NUMBERS FOR DIRECT DEPOSITING. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR BANK TO OBTAIN THE CORRECT ROUTING AND ACCOUNT NUMBERS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PERSONAL CHECK. Employees who have already signed up for direct deposit can use ESS to display banking information currently in place, and to make changes to the checking or savings accounts selected.

Can I have my check deposited into multiple accounts?

You may have direct deposit into a maximum of two checking accounts, plus one savings account.

How do I make changes to my direct deposit?

Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS), select Benefits and Pay, Direct Deposit, find the account you want to change and choose “Edit”.

How do I stop direct deposit?

Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS), select Benefits and Pay, Direct Deposit, find the account you want to cancel and choose “Delete”.

How do I change my Metro Credit Union deduction?

For changes to your Metro Credit Union account, log onto Employee Self-Service (ESS), select Benefits and Pay, Direct Deposit, find the account you want to change and choose “Edit”. If you need assistance with your Metro Credit Union Account, please contact Metro Credit Union at: Phone: 877-696-3876 or visit their website at:

We’re going GREEN, We’re going Paperless

Question: Why must Boston University employees sign-up for direct deposit?
Answer: For many years, the vast majority of Boston University employees have been paid by direct deposit. In fact, you will be joining thousands of your coworkers who are already being paid by direct deposit. Many other Universities and businesses have eliminated paper pay stubs and have confirmed that electronic pay stubs are better for the environment, more efficient, secure and less costly.

Question: What do I do if I do not have a bank account?
Answer: There are a number of local banks that offer free checking accounts, including several located steps from University offices: Bank of America, Century Bank, Citizens Bank, and the University Credit Union. Please see the Preferred Banking Arrangements guide on the Human Resources website for additional details.

Question: How will I know when I have been paid by direct deposit?
Answer: You should continue to review your bank account to confirm that your funds have arrived. In addition, every payday, you will receive an email from the Boston University Payroll Department, letting you know that your pay stub is available for viewing. You will no longer have to wait for a paper direct deposit pay stub.

Question: Why doesn’t my name, bank account information and social security number show on my electronic pay stub?
Answer: For your security, your name and social security number does not display immediately on your electronic pay stub. You can view your pay stub with your name and the last 4 digits of your social security number on the Employee Self-Service (ESS) and select “view pay stub”. Your bank account information has been intentionally masked for your security. You can then print your pay stub.

Question: I am applying for a mortgage. How do I get a copy of my pay stub?
Answer: You can view your electronic pay stub on the Employee Self-Service (ESS) and select “view pay stub”. Next, select “Option to display all identification” and follow the prompts. You will then be able to print a copy of your pay stub for your bank or lender.