Longevity Increases

Effective Summer 2016, Longevity Increases have been suspended until further notice.

Please see memo dated February 2016 for further information.

  • Students being hired for the Spring 2016 semester should receive only longevity previously accrued, i.e., prior to Fall 2015.
  • Students being hired for Summer 2016, should receive only longevity increases accrued prior to Fall 2015. No longevity increase should be given for Academic Year 2015-2016 employment.

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Longevity Standards Prior to Summer 2016

A student who maintains satisfactory job performance and returns to the same position, or a similar position in the same department, is entitled to a longevity increase.

Students accrue longevity increases for all types of employment, whether funded through departmental sources, Work-Study, or a combination of both.

Exception: For students who are paid a starting rate of $12.00 per hour or more,longevity increases are given at the discretion of the department.

Period Worked Increase
Both semesters of the academic year $.30/hour
One semester of the academic year $.15/hour
Summer employment, full-time
(average of 26 or more hours a week)
$.20/hour
Summer employment, part-time
(average of 25 or fewer hours a week)
$.10/hour

To receive a longevity increase for the semester or academic year, the student must be employed by the appropriate date:

  • Academic Year or Fall Semester: third week of October
  • Spring Semester: third week of February
  • Summer: third week of June

Longevity increases are effective:

  • The week following Commencement for students working during the summer
  • The first week of fall classes for students returning for the academic year

Students accrue longevity increases for all periods of employment. When a student is promoted into a higher-grade position or receives an off-cycle pay increase, the accrued longevity increase must be added to the new hourly rate.  Please note that any student employee who misses a time due to activity duty military service should be given any longevity increases they would have accrued during his/her military service.

An off-cycle increase is an incremental increase (usually less than $0.50) given to a student because of exceptional performance, slightly increased responsibilities, or other reasons.

When a supervisor gives a student an off-cycle increase, the new pay rate must continue to reflect any longevity increases previously accrued.

To give an off-cycle increase, have your payroll coordinator use the Pay Rate Change function in the Student Employment section of the Business Link.

If the student is a Work-Study recipient, you must also submit a justification memo to Work-Study via e-mail, briefly explaining the reason for the increase.

Note: If a pay increase will raise the student’s pay rate above the base rate of the next-higher job grade, we suggest terminating the student from the current job and hiring him or her into a similar but higher-grade job. See Promotion for more details.

Example 1
Base Rate (Grade 2) $10.25
Worked Academic Year 2013-14 + $0.30 (longevity)
Worked Academic Year 2014-15 + $0.30 (longevity)
Hourly Rate for Academic Year 2015-2016 $10.85
Example 2
Base Rate (Grade 1) $10.00
Worked Spring 2014 + $0.15 (longevity)
Worked Academic Year 2014-15 + $0.30 (longevity)
Hourly Rate for Academic Year 2015-2015 $10.45
Example 3
Base Rate (Grade 4) $10.75
Worked Summer 2014 more than 26 hours per week grade 3 job + $0.20 (longevity)
Worked Academic Year 2014-15 grade 3 job + $0.30 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2015 less than 26 hours per week grade 3 job + $0.10 (longevity)
Hourly Rate for Academic Year 2015-16 + $11.35
Example 4
Base Rate (Grade 3) $10.50
Worked Academic Year 2013-14
(on Work-Study funding)
+ $0.30 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2014 less than 26 hours per week
(on departmental funding)
+ $0.10 (longevity)
Did not work Academic Year 2014-2015 + $0.00 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2015 less than 26 hours per week
(on Work-Study funding)
+ $0.10 (longevity)
Hourly Rate for Academic Year 2015-16 $11.00
Example 5
Base Rate (Grade 5) $11.25
Worked Academic Year 2012-13
(on Work-Study funding) grade 3
+ $0.30 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2013 less than 26 hours a week
(on departmental funding)
+ $0.10 (longevity)
Worked Fall Semester 2013 (on Work-Study funding) + $0.15 (longevity)
Did not work Spring Semester 2014 (Study Abroad) + $0.00 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2015 more than 26 hours per week
(on Work-Study funding) grade 4
+ $0.20 (longevity)
Worked Academic Year 2014-15 (on Work-Study funding) + $0.30 (longevity)
Worked Summer 2015 more than 26 hours per week
(on Work-Study funding) grade 4
+ $0.20
Hourly Rate for Academic Year 2015-16 $12.50