Payroll FAQs

A: All University State employees are paid on a biweekly lag basis. This means that you are paid for a two week pay period (beginning on a Thursday through the second Wednesday) two weeks after the conclusion of that pay period (exception: hourly employees are paid three weeks after conclusion of a pay period). Therefore, it may take up to four weeks from your date of hire to receive your first check. You will also continue to receive checks after you separate from service until the lag is paid out.

A: For full-time employees paid on an annual basis, Farmingdale State College has many payroll payment modes. A 26 pay period mode is not one of them. When an employee's "annual" salary is paid over a full year (CAL or CYF payroll mode for faculty and professional employees with Academic Year or College Year obligations, respectively; ANN for Calendar Year obligations), the salary is based on 365 days (normal year) and 366 days (leap year). Since each pay period covers 14 days, and 26 x 14 equals only 364, it would always take a 27th check for you to have received your full annual salary. Biweekly pay is equal to:

Salary divided by 365 (366 for leap year) = daily rate of pay x 14 days = Gross-Biweekly Pay

A: To set up direct deposit for the first time or make changes to existing direct deposit please complete and sign the Direct Deposit form.
Guide to Completing AC 2772- NYS Direct Deposit Form 
Direct Deposit Enrollment Instructions

A: SUNY Administration inactivates all direct deposits for employees that have gone three or more pay periods without a check. If you are not sure of your direct deposit status or wish to have your account reactivated, please contact Payroll.

A: Overtime and Holidays are lagged two weeks. It is paid in the pay period after you actually worked it.

A. You will not be able to see your accrual information for two weeks after the pay period that the change occurred in.

A: You can change your SRA/TDA deduction up to four times in a calendar year. Managing your deductions is paperless!  You can change your deduction in the SUNY Retirement@Work System. For instructions and guidance, visit:

A: CSEA performance advances are based on your anniversary date. Your anniversary date indicates whether you are eligible for a performance advance in April or October. New employees or those changing salary grades must serve one year in grade before becoming eligible for a performance advance.

A: The biweekly gross pay for employees paid on an “annual salary basis” (full-time employees), in payroll, is calculated on either a 365 day or a 366 day calendar year if the year is a leap year. During the State’s fiscal year (April 1 - March 31) in which a leap year falls (an extra day in February), employees will notice a reduction in their gross biweekly pay even though their salary does not change. For example, the biweekly gross pay of an academic employee paid in this mode will be calculated as 14/366th of his/her annual salary during a leap year and as 14/365 of the base annual salary during a regular year.

A: Deductions include the following:


  • Federal and State taxes (as applicable)
  • FICA Tax
    • Social Security
    • Medicare
    • (note: students while enrolled in classes and certain non-resident aliens are exempt)
  • Retirement contributions (new, full time employees)
  • Union dues or agency shop fee- if position is represented by CSEA, UUP, PEF, ALES, NYSCOBRA, GSEU


  • Health Insurance
  • Tax Deferred Savings Plan
  • Flex Spending Account
  • NYS College Savings Plan
  • Personal Insurance Through Union



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Last Modified 7/20/23