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Travel Advance Policy

 

I.  GENERAL

The Binghamton University Travel Office may issue cash advances from their Travel Advance Account to employees traveling on state business who are in travel status for at least one day. The minimum advance that will be issued will be $100.

To request a Travel Advance, the traveler must:

1.  Submit a completed Application for Advance Form (AC1214) to the Travel Office. (contact Travel Office for copy)

2.  Applications should be submitted 20 business days prior to the trip in order to ensure sufficient processing time.

Note: Athletics and Admissions are encouraged to use their State Travel Card in lieu of obtaining an advance (except in the case of Team travel.)

The amount of the advance is equal to the number of days of travel multiplied by the per diem rate for that area. If lodging is paid by another method, the amount of the advance will only be the meal rate for that area multiplied by the number of days.  The maximum amount that may be advanced at one time is $400.00, except for certain circumstances as outlined below.

II.  EXCEPTIONS TO $400 ADVANCE LIMIT

In unusual circumstances, advances in excess of $400.00 will be approved (OSC prior approval is not required.) The following situations are examples of unusual circumstances:

III.  REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL ADVANCE

Within 20 business days upon return from the trip, the traveler is required to account to the Travel Office for the advance as follows:

Note: Requests for additional advances will not be approved and processed if the traveler has an advance outstanding.

IV. PROCESS IF ADVANCE NOT REPAID WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS

If the travel voucher is less than the advance and the traveler has not returned the difference to the Travel Office within 20 business days of return from the trip, the traveler will receive:

1. An email from the Travel Office requesting payment.

2. If after 5 more business days the advance is still not repaid - the traveler will receive a second email from the Travel Office with the Travelers supervisor copied on the distribution.

3. After 5 more business days of non-payment - the Traveler will receive a phone call from the Travel Office.

4. If after 5 additional business days the advance is still not repaid, the Travel Office will mail a letter to the traveler notifying them that action has been initiated to withhold the amount of the advance outstanding from their paycheck. (Director of AP, Travel and Revenue Accounting must initial).

(The Travel Office will review the Cash Advance Accounting System's "Outstanding Advance Report" weekly to adhere to this schedule.)

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Last Updated: 12/4/13