All employees of The University of Texas at Austin are required to provide personally identifiable information that is used in the payroll process and for payroll and employment reporting to federal and state authorities. Paychecks are distributed according to an employee’s Payment Elections and taxed according to Withholding Elections unless exempted by law, which may the case for student and nonresident employees. If payment and/or withholding elections are not provided by an employee, defaults will be used.
Payment Elections is a secure self-service application in Workday that provides a way for university employees to select how they want to receive their payroll payments. This includes setting up a bank account and electing direct deposit so that funds are deposited electronically. Employees can also choose to receive paper checks via US Mail or pick up in Payroll. If a Payment Election is not made, the default distribution method will be paper check, pick up in Payroll Services.
To View or Edit your Payment Elections, log into Workday using your UTEID, Password, and Two-Factor Authentication. From the home page, click on the Pay application icon, then click Payment Elections.
In order to receive payroll payments via direct deposit, employees must make a Direct Deposit Declaration. To make this declaration, log into Workday, and from the home page, click Personal Information > About Me > Personal > Additional Data, then scroll down to the Direct Deposit Declaration. Click Edit and follow the instructions on the page.
You will then need to change your Payment Election to Direct Deposit.
- In order to receive payroll payments via direct deposit, you will need to have an account entered in Workday. If you do not have an account, click Add. From the home page, click on the Pay application icon, then click Payment Elections.
- To change bank account information that is already entered, click Edit or Remove next to that account’s name.
- Once an account is successfully entered, you will need to either Add or Edit your Payment Election Payment Type to be Direct Deposit, then select the bank account where you want your payments deposited and click OK.
- If you wish to split your deposit between two different accounts or banks, you must have two accounts entered (see above).
- Click the "+" below Payment Elections to add a second option.
- You may select a dollar Amount or a Percent to go to the first account.
- The second account must have Balance selected.
Paychecks direct deposited to bank accounts are sent electronically. Deposit times vary by financial institution. Questions regarding specific deposit times should be directed to your financial institution.
To choose to receive your payroll paycheck via paper check, in the Payment Elections section, click Add or Edit. Then select a Payment Type for one of the following options:
- Paper Check - US Mail
Paper checks will be mailed to the primary home address listed in Workday. Please ensure this is correct and up to date.
- Paper Check - Pick up in Payroll
Employees choosing to pick up their paychecks at Payroll Services may do so between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding official university closures. A picture ID is required.
All payroll payments are subject to OASDI (Social Security), Medicare, and federal withholding taxes, unless exempted by law, which may be the case for nonresident tax treaties, student employees or nonresident aliens. Federal and state taxes are deducted in accordance with these laws and the employee’s federal and state withholding elections. If no federal election is made, the default is Single or Married filing separately with no additional elections. For out-of-state employees, if no state election is made, the default will vary in accordance with the applicable state law.
Employees that are not able to log in to Workday to add or edit their Payment Elections will need to complete both the Payroll Services Employee Information (PSEI) Form and W-4 Form. Both forms must be printed, completed, and submitted to Payroll Services, mail code G0200, MAI 4.
Last updated 11/14/2023