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Student hourly employees can find additional resources specifically related to their employment and required forms on the Employee Resources page under the Student Employees tab.

Before Your First Day

Things you Can Do

You’ve accepted the offer, negotiated your start date, and may be thinking, “now what?”

We want your onboarding experience to be as seamless as possible. You will receive a welcome letter outlining first day logistics, benefits and payroll information, instructions, and action items. If you’d like to get a head start by reading up on some of these items, use the links below.

Parking and transportation availability depends upon the physical location of your position. Details about parking and/or transportation availability are included in the welcome letter.

Madison-based Employees: instructions for making parking arrangements, costs and the specific location depends upon your building location.

UWSA employees may obtain a Madison Metro Bus Pass. This pass will allow you to ride all Madison buses for a small fee. You must show your Wiscard at the UW Transportation Services office in order to acquire your bus pass. For office location and hours, visit the Transportation Services website. NOTE: Bus passes are only valid from date of receipt to the following August/September. You will need to get a new bus pass every August/September.

UW-Madison campus also offers several free bus routes for around campus. For those employees using public transportation in Madison, annual passes are available for purchase.

A few of the other items that will be handled during your onboarding are:

Be sure to ask questions and obtain clarification as needed. We're here to help!

Find more information on UWSA's Disability Accommodations. If you have a disability or accommodation request, contact UWSA's Disability Coordinator, Derek Allen ( or (608) 263-9843).

Just like a campus, UWSA is one of the institutions within the University of Wisconsin System. All UW System employees receive benefits based upon their employment category. Visit the UW System Employee Benefits General Information web page to get started.

Total Rewards describes all the ways UW System attracts, motivates, and retains excellent employees. Total Rewards encompasses UW System’s benefits, compensation, employee well-being programs, events, and other offerings. Review the Total Rewards web page for more information.

UWSA employees also have access to additional perquisites or “perks.” Click through the tabs below to learn more.

UWSA is proud to offer programs that provide employees support they may need, both personally and professionally, to help do their jobs effectively:

UWSA employees may use the Child Care Resource Center provided by UW-Madison. It offers child care for the children of students, faculty and staff.  There are nine sites on or near campus that are licenses and accredited by the city of Madison or accredited by the National Association for Education of the Young Child.

UWSA employees are required to obtain a Wiscard for identification purposes. The Wiscard program is affiliated with UW-Madison. For this reason, it will indicate University of Wisconsin – Madison on your Wiscard, even though you work for UW System Administration. Your Wiscard should remain active and in your possession throughout the course of your employment.

UWSA employees have access to the same Wiscard perks as UW-Madison employees: