How do I sign up for direct deposit?

To set up direct deposit for the first time or to make any changes to an existing direct deposit, please complete, sign and submit this Direct Deposit form.

To reactivate direct deposit after a break in service, please complete, sign and submit the Direct Deposit Reactivate form.

You will send your signed, original form to Human Resources/Payroll, 409 Culkin Hall.

* If you are adding direct deposit to any bank account that has a co-owner, your co-owner must also sign the direct deposit form.

Do I bring the direct deposit paperwork to the bank and have them fill it out?

No:

  • If you are depositing to a checking account and can attach a blank, VOID check to the form, the bank does not need to complete any information on the form.
  • If you are changing an amount or distribution percentage to an existing account, the bank does not have to fill it out, but if it is a joint account we do require both signatures.

Yes:

  • If you are depositing to a savings account, or to a checking (without attaching a blank, VOID check), then you must have your bank complete Section C of the direct deposit form.

When does direct deposit go into effect?

The general rule of thumb is to submit your direct deposit form two Fridays prior to pay day, to allow us to meet the entry deadline and ensure activation of the direct deposit. It's important to complete the contact information in section A, so there will be no delays in processing your form if we have questions.

Do I need to re-activate direct deposit every (academic) year?

If you have had a break in service for more than three pay periods, then you must reactivate Direct Deposit using the Direct Deposit Reactivation Form. If you have made changes to your bank account(s), you must use a Direct Deposit enrollment form.

When will I receive my first paycheck?

New York State employees are paid on a biweekly lag basis, which means that payment is made either two or three weeks after the completion of the pay period.

If you are an employee on the faculty/staff or graduate/teaching assistant payroll, your first check or direct deposit advice will be issued at the end of the second pay period after you begin working. For most people, it is approximately four weeks after you begin work. You may or may not receive a full paycheck for the first pay period, depending upon when your first day of work occurred in the pay cycle, and if your bargaining unit includes a provision for salary withholding.

If you are an employee on the student assistant, or Federal Work Study payroll, your first check or direct deposit advice will be issued one week after the end of your second pay period worked. For most people, it is approximately five weeks after you begin work. Since these payrolls have an hourly pay basis, your check or advice should reflect all hours worked in the first pay period.

All payment dates are dependent upon payroll deadlines. If appointment paperwork is received after the payroll deadline, a significant delay in payment may occur.

Where do I pick up my paycheck?

If you are a Student Assistant or Federal Work Study, at Student Accounts: 408 Culkin Hall.

If you are a graduate or teaching assistant, or faculty, professional staff or classified staff, your check goes directly to your department. Please contact your department representative for details on your paycheck distribution.

How do I change my tax withholding?

To change your federal withholding, please complete a new W-4 form.

To change your New York State withholding, please complete a new IT-2104 form.

When do I submit my tax withholding changes?

The general rule of thumb is to submit your tax withholding form two Fridays prior to the pay day to allow us to meet the entry deadline and ensure activation of the tax withholding change.

Can I get a replacement copy of my W-2 (or request a replacement of W-2s from prior years)?

We are able to issue replacement W-2 forms from current and prior years. However, due to new requirements from the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), duplicate W-2 forms must be reviewed and approved by OSC before they can be reissued to employees. Employees requesting a duplicate W-2 should fill in the W-2-Reissue-Request (Letter of Request, PDF)

Please allow up to five business days before we can re-issue the W-2 to you. We will be happy to mail your reissued W-2 to your current address, but please allow additional time for mailing. If you have any questions, please email payroll@oswego.edu.

SUNY Oswego employees can also obtain a copy of their own W-2 for the current tax year or previous years. Visit the SUNY HR Portal at SUNY.edu. After identifying Oswego as your campus, click on Human Resource Systems, and then in the "Self Service" box, click on "NYS Payroll Online."

I handed in my timesheet so why haven't I been paid yet?

Although the HR office can confirm a pending payment, this usually requires contacting your department, because the paperwork for your appointment may not have been completed. If the paperwork was completed, then your time sheets may have arrived after the deadline.

Can I get a replacement for a lost paycheck?

We can, in most cases, get your paycheck replaced. It can take up to three or four weeks. Please contact Payroll at 315-312-2227 for assistance.

Are classified employees paid extra money for working a holiday?

Employees who are required to work on a holiday will receive holiday pay (straight time) in addition to their regular pay, unless they have elected to receive time instead. Employees who are required to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas will receive holiday pay at time and a half, in addition to their regular pay, unless they have elected to receive time instead.

What does “lag" payroll mean?

All salaried, regular State employees are paid on a biweekly lag basis. This means that each employee is paid for a two-week pay period (beginning on a Thursday and ending on the second Wednesday) two weeks after the conclusion of that pay period. Therefore, it may take up to four weeks from a person's date of hire until they receive their first paycheck. An employee will continue to receive a paycheck two weeks after the date in which they separate State service and the lag is paid out.

How is pay split for teaching and grad-assistant positions?

Full-time professors have two sets of employment dates: their teaching obligation dates and their payroll dates. Their teaching obligation dates are the dates during which they are contractually obligated to teach, have office hours, advise or perform any other duties associated with their teaching contract. Their payroll dates are the dates through which their salary is split. A full-time faculty member is paid from Sept. 1 of one year through Aug. 31st of the following year. This is separate and independent of their teaching obligation dates. Each is paid biweekly throughout the year, even over the summer and during breaks when classes are not in session.

Adjunct pay is split through 10 payments for each semester or 20 payments for the whole academic year. This schedule is independent from their teaching obligation dates.

Graduate assistants on the graduate assistant payroll receiving a stipend are paid through 10 payments per semester or 20 payments for the whole academic year. This schedule is independent of their obligations within their departments on which their stipend is based.