University Travel Advances

Travel advances may be issued to students and for student group travel only. An employee may request an exception to this policy in writing to the University Controller. Each request will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

The minimum amount for an advance is $100.00 and will be issued no earlier than two weeks prior to departure.

Travelers should have no more than one outstanding cash advance at a time. Each advance must be accounted for before another cash advance is granted.

Collection procedures will be initiated if the Travel Claim has not been received in Accounting Services within 30 days after completion of the trip.

Student Unused Travel Advance

If a student fails to submit a Travel Claim and/or return any unused travel advance amounts within 60 days of his/her return, a Student Financial Hold will be placed on the student’s account.

Employee Unused Travel Advance

If an employee fails to submit a Travel Claim and/or return any unused travel advance amounts within 120 days of his/her return, the University is obligated under IRS regulations to consider such amounts as income to the employee, regardless of the amount. As a result, the unrecovered advance will be reported and taxed as additional wages.

Collection Procedure &Timeline

  • 30 days past due – Courtesy memo to the recipient
  • 45 days past due – Notice to the recipient of pending Student Financial Hold or for employee, taxable wages
  • 60 days past due – Notice to student of Student Financial Hold placement. Notice to employee of pending taxable wages
  • 120 days past due – Unrecovered advance from employee will be reported and taxed as additional wages.

If collection procedures are initiated more than three times for the same recipient due to an outstanding travel advance, no future advances will be issued.