Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2022 hourly student minimum wage increase

last updated November 22, 2021

Dartmouth announced on October 11, 2021 that the minimum wage for student employees will be increasing to $11.50 per hour.  This increase will be effective starting this winter term. The Student Employment Office is working closely with our colleagues in Finance on all facets of this positive development. 

Please review the steps being taken to initiate this change, outlined on t
 
We have developed this list of FAQs, which we will updating as we receive inquiries from students and employers. We look forward to providing the details related to the implementation of the new rate in the next few weeks.

Student Employee FAQs:

 

Employer/Dept FAQs:

 

Student Questions:

When will my pay change take effect?

The new student hourly minimum pay rate of $11.50 per hour will take effect in the first student pay period of Winter Term 2022.  That pay period starts December 26, 2021 and ends January 8, 2022. The first pay date in Winter Term 2022 is Friday, January 14, 2022.

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What is the change to the hourly student tipped minimum wage?

The new student minimum wage for hourly-paid tipped student employees will be $5.18 per hour.

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I’m already earning $11.50 or more per hour. Will I also get an increase?

No. This change in student hourly minimum pay is not expected to increase all student pay rates – only those currently paid less than $11.50 per hour.

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Will this change in student minimum wage affect my financial aid for this year?

No. Financial aid federal work-study/employment award amounts will not change as a result of changes to the Dartmouth student hourly minimum wage increase.

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Employer questions

Will my department’s student employment budget be increased to accommodate this change to the hourly student minimum wage?

Overages in the student employment budget for departments previously paying a student hourly wage under $11.50 per hour will be allowed to spend over subvention budget for this current fiscal year (FY22). Budget adjustments for FY23 will be made through the budget process based on historical spend.

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My student employees are currently paid at/over the new minimum wage rate. Should I increase their pay rate?

No. This change in student hourly minimum pay is not expected to increase all student pay rates – only those currently paid less than $11.50 per hour.

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If my student’s current position(s) pay under $11.50/hour, will I need to make manual updates to the hourly pay rates of my student employees in the student hiring system (PASF), or will that be done by someone else?

We are still working out the details on this. More information will be forthcoming from the Student Employment Office by the beginning of December. 

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Why is SEO asking Kronos to terminate positions for students after only 2 pay periods of inactivity on December 1, 2021?

The Kronos auto-termination protocol normally auto-terminates students after 3 pay periods of inactivity, however SEO has asked this to be changed for this pay rate change. On December 1, 2021, Kronos will auto-terminate each position in which the student employee has recorded no hours between October 31 - November 27, 2021. This change is needed to prevent SEO from re-hiring students into positions in which they should not be hired or are no longer working.  We realize this may slightly increase the work of hiring departments and we appreciate your additional efforts for this one-time change.

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