Please forgive my English, I am not a native English speaker.
I am currently working as a computer programmer in some company. I am also a full time student, so I work part-time during the semesters, and full time during the summer.
I am in Canada, so there is 2-3 years of school between the end of high school and the beginning of University. I am aware that, in America, University and College mean pretty much the same thing. For the rest of this question, I will refer to those extra years in between as college, and to actual college as university, since that's how they're called here.
Usually, college is 2 years of "generic" classes, then in university you study your actual major. But, in College, you can also go straight away with a major, and spend 3 years there instead of two, and then you usually get credit for 1 or 2 semester’s worth of classes in university, so your total time in school is mostly the same.
I have been working as a programmer in this company for two years now, and I just finished college in programming. I am starting university in September.
At the company I am working for, the salary for students depends on their current education level. There is a fixed salary for High school, in college it's a little more, and in university it's even more.
Right now, I am starting this summer's full time work. Considering the fact that I have the same education as someone who is starting university, even arguably more since I spent 3 years in college (It's important to mention that I passed every single course with good grades on my first try, I didn't have to take any course twice), and I have a very good understanding of the company's technology and systems (it's a big company), so I require no extra training to do the exact same job as several older people that work with me as their life career, is it appropriate to ask for a raise to the university salary?
I realise that I am not in university, but I have been accepted so it's confirmed that I'm going. Obviously, since I'll work part time at that point, and I'm working full-time now, having the raise earlier means a big difference in my total earnings. I am a student living by himself, and I have enough money to sustain my life style, but I am certainly living a very modest life style, so the extra income would definitely be very appreciated.
I would like to know, as a student who is probably easy to replace, and not a "real" employee, is it appropriate to ask for this raise?
Also, since the company is very big and most of salary decisions are made automatically with a formula instead of negociated, how should I ask about it if I don't want to look like a self-centered entitled person?