In exceptional instances, campus purchasers charge transactions on personal credit cards and seek reimbursement from state funds. While these transactions may be for legitimate state purposes, use of personal credit cards in this manner is strongly discouraged by the Office of the State Comptroller. Note that sales tax and airfare charged on personal credit cards will not be reimbursed.
Currently the University has several mechanisms for state funded procurement that are acceptable choices. They are:
If a charge is made on a personal credit card and cardholder seeks reimbursement from State, IFR, or DIFR funds, the following is required:
Complete a NYS Standard Voucher with the person's name and payee ID number (tax ID if non-employee or "N" number if an employee), with a description of fellowship/book stipend, appropriate signatures and fund source(s) to charge. We need a copy of the award letter explaining the fellowship/book stipend.
Because receipt of goods or services is required prior to payment from state funds, non-state funds should be used for purchasing debit cards or meal plans. Funds from private organizations (i.e., Research Foundation, BU Foundation) or individuals may be used for debit card or meal plan purchase and expenditures reimbursed with state funds after services or goods are received.
For reimbursement for BUC$ card or Meal Plan expenditures the following is required:
Last Updated: 6/26/13