3.03.02: Full-time Student or Employee Under 19 (Not Employed by a Community College)

Effective July 1, 1998, Public Act 123 of 1998 excludes from membership anyone under age 19 employed by your reporting unit “in a temporary, intermittent or irregular seasonal or athletic position,” whether a student or not.

A person employed by your reporting unit while also enrolled in and attending classes as a full-time student in your reporting unit is not a member of this retirement system, regardless of age. “Enrolled and attending” is defined as effective the first day a student commences full time class status within your reporting unit. A person who is enrolled in classes but not actively attending is considered a member of the Michigan Public Schools Retirement System.

For example, a student is enrolled in full time classes which begin September 4, 2013. The person is hired by your reporting unit and begins working on August 1, 2013. This employee is considered a member and is reportable to ORS from August 1, 2013 until September 3, 2013. Please see the chart below for situations when to report or not report a full time student or employee.

Do Not Report Do Report

Who To Report

Anyone under the age of 19 employed by your reporting unit "in a temporary, intermittent, or irregular seasonal or athletic position" whether they are a student or not. An employee age 19 and over who is working for your reporting unit any time of the year outside of "enrolled and attending" status. This includes summer and winter breaks.
An employee enrolled in and attending full time classes. An employee under age 19 if working in a permanent position and not a student.

You may also want to refer to section 3.02.09: Student Age 19 or Older (Not Employed by a Community College) or section 3.03.12 Student Employed by a Community College.

Last updated: 07/26/2018