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The current student employment wage is the State of Michigan minimum wage.  Supervisors may submit a request to the Director of Career Services for a higher rate of pay by submitting a thorough job description for the position and a memo stating the specific qualifications/training necessary to perform the job adequately. The student employee supervisor as well as the department's budget manager, where applicable, must sign and approve the memo. Pay rate increases are awarded to positions not students. Students who work in a position that merits a higher rate of pay will not maintain the higher pay rate if they leave that position.

Wages received by student employees are subject to federal and state income tax withholdings. Social Security and Medicare Tax are not withheld for students while they are enrolled at least half time and are regularly attending classes towards completion of a degree.