Financial Operations - Accounting Operations

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations
How do I contact Banking Services?

Contact Information

Email Address: banking-services@umich.edu

Department Fax: 647-3804

Campus mailing address: 6000 Wolverine Tower, 1287

External mailing address: 6000 Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1287

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Chartfields

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Chartfields
What chartfields do I use to deposit the phone tax that we received from an employee for personal use of the telephone?

The chartfields that should be used are:

Account: 414170
Fund: 90000
Department: 688150
Program: 11684
Class: none
Project/Grant: U000682

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Chartfields
What do I need to do to inactivate a Project/Grant and Shortcode?

The Project/Grant balance must be zero at the Fund, Department and Program level before it can be inactivated by the Shared Services Center. Please prepare the necessary journal entries before submitting the inactivation request.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Chartfields
What is the difference between a Shortcode and an Account?

An account is a 6 digit code used to classify the type of revenue and expense that posts to your Chartfields. Accounts on an SOA are separated out by revenues and expenses.

A Shortcode is also a 6 digit code used to identify a group of Chartfields. Shortcodes are fund, department, program, project/grant and class specific. In the Legacy system, this was called your account.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Chartfields
When will my Non-Sponsored P/G be available in the Chartfield Converter?

Generally, new Project/Grants will be available in the Chartfield converter within 2 days after the completed request is received by Financial Operations. The Requester and Single Administrative Point of Contact (SAPOC) will receive an email message from Financial Operations when the Project/Grant is open and available for use. The information should be available in the Chartfield converter on the day after the email is received.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Construction

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Construction
Setting up a new project/grant to track renovations being done in my unit, is this allowable in funds 10000, 30000 or 40000?

Renovations less than $50,000 are permitted in funds 10000 and 40000 and fund 30000 if it meets donor intent. For renovations greater than $50,000, the project/grant will have to be set up in the Construction Fund 80000 to be capitalized. Please contact the Customer Service email group for assistance.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Construction
When is space renovation considered depreciable?

A construction renovation project is considered capital or depreciable when the total costs are equal to or greater than $50,000 per building. At this point the project should be in fund 80000.

Send a project/grant request to Financial Operations - Plant fund to get a new project/grant established to record the revenue and expenses associated to the project.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Equipment & Furniture

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Equipment & Furniture
What is considered capital equipment?

University equipment is defined as a item purchased for at least $5,000 and a useful life of at least 2 years. It should be recorded at account code 614000 to be included in the asset management system.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
What documentation is required to open a True Endowment?

Formal documentation will be required to open any True Endowment. This documentation may include one or more of the following:

  • Formal gift agreement
  • Solicitation letter that states the funds are for a true endowment
  • Copy of an executed will requiring that the funds be Endowed
  • A letter from the donor stating that the funds will be endowed

Please note that specific language is necessary to allow the newly established fund to be treated as part of the University Pooled Endowment. Two examples of the appropriate phrasing are listed below:

"The Fund constitutes a gift for endowment, and distributions will be made in accordance with the University's then existing endowment distribution policy."

"The University will diligently administer your gift as a permanent endowment under Michigan law and University endowment distribution policies."

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
Why must distributions have the same class as my true or quasi endowment?

True and quasi endowments are classed as closely as possible to meet donor intent. Distributions should also be classed to meet donor intent. Occasionally, a donor will establish a new true or quasi endowment which can be used for multiple purposes. In this situation, it would be appropriate for the department to open multiple Shortcodes for their distribution Chartfields to allow expenses to be classed according to their uses (which meet donor intent). It is possible for one distribution Chartfield to have dozens of Shortcodes associated with it, depending on how the donor restricted the funds.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
What is the minimum amount of funding required to open a true or quasi endowment?

The minimum to open a true endowment is $10,000.

The minimum amount to establish a quasi endowment is $50,000 if departmentally directed, or $10,000 from external funds if donor directed.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
A gift was placed in my true or quasi endowment by mistake. How do I correct this?

If a gift is placed erroneously into a true or quasi endowment, a Gift Transfer Request Form should be completed and submitted to your Gift Administration representative along with all necessary supporting documentation.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
What is the difference between book and market value?

Book value is the sum of all gifts and reinvestments into the true or quasi endowment. Market value is the current value of the fund. Market value is calculated by multiplying the number of shares that the true or quasi endowment owns in the endowment pool by the then current share rate. In other words, book value is a historical number based upon what has been invested, and market value is what that investment is now worth.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
To which fund should my true or quasi endowment distribute?

True, quasi restricted, and quasi permanent endowments must all distribute to fund 30000, because the purpose is donor-directed. Quasi unrestricted endowments must distribute back to an unrestricted fund, i.e. designated or auxiliary. These funds may not distribute to fund 30000 because unrestricted funds cannot be commingled with funds restricted by donor intent.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
What are the different types of quasi-endowments?

There are four types of quasi-endowments.

Quasi restricted endowments are the most common and are created using gift money or unspent distributions from true or quasi restricted endowments and must adhere to the donor-directed restrictions placed on the funds.

Quasi permanents are created when, as a condition of the donor agreement, the University must match the donors gift and the principal may never be withdrawn.

Quasi unrestricted endowments are created using unrestricted sources such as designated or auxiliary funds.

Quasi specific funds are one of the three types of funds above, but established with specific restrictions regarding the investment of the fund. For example, a donor may establish a quasi endowment, but require their gift only be invested in high grade government bonds. Quasi specifics are not a part of the endowment pool, and distributions are made on an individual basis.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
May I reinvest into my True Endowment?

Possibly. If the donor documentation contains language that allows for reinvestment, then it is allowable. If the donor documentation does not contain the needed language, then we recommend that you have a development officer contact the donor(s) to receive their written approval, otherwise, reinvestments will need to be made into a Quasi-Endowment.

An example of the Standard Reinvestment Language is:

"Any surplus distributions from the Fund during any period may be accumulated for later use for the above purposes or may be added to the principal of the fund at the University's discretion."

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
How is the endowment distribution rate calculated?

In 1995, the Regents approved a policy that called for distributions to be made at an annual rate of 5.0% of the 1 quarter lagged, 12 quarter moving average market value of fund shares, provided that distributions do not exceed 5.3% of current market.

In June 2006, the Board of Regents approved a change to the University's endowment spending rate policy and extended the moving average period from 12 quarters to 28 quarters, with implementation to be phased in over the next three years.

Effective July 1, 2010, the Board of Regents approved a change to the University's endowment spending rate policy which will slowly lower the rate from 5% to 4.5% over the next few years while holding the dollar amount of the distribution level until such time as the rate equals 4.5%.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Expendable and Endowed Gifts
How do I make a withdrawal from a Quasi-Endowment?

Please fill out the Quasi-Endowment Withdrawal Request Form found on this website and send it in to Accounting Services Coordinator. Withdrawal requests will be analyzed to ensure the funds have been invested for the minimum 5 years required by University Policy. Withdrawals are processed 4 times per year on the first day of each quarter. (July 1st, October 1st, January 1st and April 1st) Requests for withdrawal at the beginning of the next quarter must be received at least one full month in advance of the withdrawal date to allow the Investment Office time to determine what assets will need to be sold to make the funds available. The FinOps calendar lists the cut-off dates for Withdrawal requests.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
How will I know when the invoice is paid?

When an invoice is entered into the Accounts Receivable system, the originating department receives revenue immediately via an Accounts Receivable entry (BI Journal) to their Chartfields. This does not mean the invoice has been paid. When the AR invoice is processed in the system it will appear on your monthly Statement of Receivable (SOR) Report as an outstanding invoice. As payments are received they will be noted on your SOR and, when paid in full, the invoice will drop off the SOR. The monthly Aging Report will also show open receivables and the number of days the invoice has been outstanding. Although Accounts Receivable holds the outstanding invoice, the department is ultimately responsible if the invoice goes unpaid.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
How do I read a Statement of Receivables?

MyLINC currently has an online class titled "Statement of Receivables Report Field Description" that will provide instruction on how to read a Statement of Receivables (SOR) Report. You can also just view the pdf file on this SOR link. If there are questions after the class has been completed, please feel free to contact Accounts Receivable at the Shared Services Center, (734) 615-2000.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
Can an invoice be sent to an external collection agency?

Once an invoice becomes 120 days past due, Collection Agency Assignment emails are generated and sent to the departments. These emails suggest sending the invoice to an external collection agency for hopes of collection. The department will be responsible for any fees that are generated by the Collection Agency. The other option at this point, is for the department to provide Chartfields to write off the invoice balance if they would like collection efforts ceased.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
What should be done if my department has contact with a customer regarding an outstanding invoice?

If the department has contact with a customer in regards to outstanding invoices, this communication will enhance overall collection efforts.  The SSC collector should be notified of the update so that the information can be recorded in the Accounts Receivable system to minimize duplicate efforts.  The SSC collector can be given this information by emailing gencollectionssc@umich.edu.  Please reference the customer number and invoice number if known.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
How do General Receivables billings get processed?

General Invoices are processed by SSC Accounts Receivable.  The invoice(s) are loaded in M-Pathways and the customer receives a copy of the invoice via mail, email or the invoice is submitted to the customers online system.  The images of the invoices are available in imaging under the invoice number.  The unit will receive an email from Pathways when the invoice is processed listed the invoice number.  The invoice is available in imaging when the email is sent to the unit.  The email will go to the email group or unique name listed on the billing template.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
How does the department know that the collection process has begun?

The collection process begins once an invoice is past due. Invoice payments are due 30 days after the invoice has been processed. Once the invoice is past due, the customer will begin to receive Accounts Receivable Customer Statements indicating the invoice is past due. The customer statements are sent out to the customer monthly. An SSC Accounts Receivable collector will begin reaching out via phone/email with the customer once the invoice is between 30 and 60 days past due. The statements continue to be sent to the customer until the customer’s balance is $0.00. At any time, a unit can contact SSC Accounts Receivable to inquire about the collection actions taken. SSC Accounts Receivable Collectors can be emailed at gencollectionssc@umich.edu. Please reference the invoice number or customer you are inquiring about in the email.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
An invoice payment was accidentally deposited by the department, what should we do?

If the department deposits a check for an outstanding receivable, an email should be sent to gencollectionssc@umich.edu.  Please reference invoice number in email.  SSC Accounts Receivable will work with the unit to process a journal entry to move the funds appropriately.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
If a department receives payment for an outstanding invoice, what should we do?

If the department receives a check for an outstanding invoice, the check should be deposited per SPG 501.03 Cash Management Policy immediately to the SSC Accounts Receivable Chartfields (Account 615560 Fund 99500 Department 000500 Program 90050) noting the invoice number and any other relevant information.  An email should be sent to gencollectionssc@umich.edu.  Please reference invoice number in email.  If a cash receipt is processed to the Chartfield that the invoice was generated for, the revenue will be overstated in the Chartfield combination and the invoice will remain outstanding.  This will result in customer statements still going to the customer and the department still seeing the invoice outstanding on the Statement of Receivables.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - External Billing & Receivables
Do I need to inform General Receivables of any updated customer information on a previously invoiced customer?

In order for Accounts Receivables to effectively collect on the balances invoiced to customer and initiated by the unit, we would appreciate being updated on any pertinent demographical information regarding the customers being billed. Email addresses, Accounts Payable contacts, telephone numbers and change of names or addresses are all resources that are needed to enhance collection efforts.  Updated information can be emailed to gencollectionssc@umich.edu.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Why wouldn't a JE submitted before cut-off be entered for the month closed?

Journals received by the cut-off date will be entered unless one of the following situations occurs:

  • The Journal contains Sponsored Programs activity and does not provide appropriate documentation for support of the transaction or does not meet the 120 day guideline for late charges
  • Journals that do not include complete Chartfield strings, are missing lines or are unbalanced

If an employee feels that they may be submitting a JE which may raise questions or have questions about how to best prepare a JE, please contact the Shared Services Center before it is submitted for processing. It is much easier to make the correct set of entries the first time.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
I'm having problems creating the .dat file. What do I do?

If you are having problems creating the .dat file from the Excel, send the Excel version to your FinOps coordinator and include in the email that you are having trouble. If they are not able to diagnose the problem, they will refer you to the ITS Helpdesk.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Can I have more than one journal in one data (.dat) file?

Yes. Multiple journals can be submitted through one data file. A new journal will be created for each valid Header ('H') row with subsequent valid Line ('L') rows beneath it. Do not skip any rows between the last line of the previous journal and the header row for the next. A blank line tells the program to stop writing the file information to the data file.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Can I use the same JE number more than once?

No. Unique Journal ID numbers are highly recommended for internal controls and system audit trails.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Do I need to print the journal and attach it to the back up?

You don't have to, but if the journal is hitting Sponsored Program Chartfields it will be easier to spot that the support is for the journal that was previously loaded.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Where do I send my support?

Journal support should be sent electronically to jesupport@umich.edu, if possible. If hard-copy support is to be submitted send it to Sponsored Projects, Attn: Journal Support, 5020 Wolverine Tower, 1287. If you are sending hard-copy support, please note that the support will be coming via campus mail in the body of the email. Any journal impacting a Sponsored Research Project Grant requires supporting documentation and will not begin the Financial Operations approval process until the support has been received.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Can the date be written in any format?

In the new template, it should be entered in a date format such as MM/DD/CCYY. The 'MM' represents a two digit month (i.e. '06' for June). The 'DD' represents a two digit day of the month (i.e. '09' for the ninth day). The 'CCYY' represents the year (i.e. '2006'). For this example, the completed field would be represented as '06/09/2006'.

Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
Who is responsible to make corrections to activity in the General Ledger and how should they be corrected?

Financial Operations will monitor and correct the following types of errors:

  • Invalid Chartfield combinations
  • Transfer which did not use appropriate transfer Accounts
  • Inappropriate use of Class Codes
  • Inappropriate use of equipment Accounts
  • Use of a restricted Account when inappropriate

Departments should monitor and correct the following types of errors:

  • Transactions recorded at a wrong Account on their SOA
  • Transactions recorded on their SOA at an inaccurate Chartfield string
  • Transactions recorded at the wrong level of their Chartfield string (i.e. at Fund/Dept./Program when it should be at the Project/Grant level)

How the correction should be made:

  • Vouchers, Journals and Cash Receipts - Review source documents and process a Journal Entry to correct the problem. Be sure to contact other involved parties to ensure that the problem will not be corrected twice or continue to occur.
  • Service Unit Billings (SUB) - Review Voucher Detail Report and contact the Vendor listed on the report to have them initiate a correction.
Financial Operations - Accounting Operations - Journal Entries
How do I transfer money to and from another fund into my general fund chartfields?

The General Fund receives revenue from State of Michigan appropriations and student tuition and fees. Therefore, the transferring of funds in and out of general fund is not allowed. Instead of transferring funding, expenses should be transferred between the funds. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Shared Services Center.

Financial Operations - Financial Reporting

Financial Operations - Financial Reporting
What is the Benefits Recharge Distribution (BRD)?

The Benefits Recharge Distribution is a monthly fee assessed to University departments to fund retiree benefits and the operating costs of the Benefits Office. Additional BRD information can be found here http://www.finance.umich.edu/finops/reporting/brd.

Financial Operations - Financial Reporting
I need a Financial Report from a few years ago. Is it possible to get one?

It is. Some of the past Financial Reports are located in the Consolidated Annual Report area of the Financial Reports section of this website. For anything earlier, please contact the department directly at (734) 764-4284.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
Does the benefits recharge distribution only apply to payroll-generated journals?

The benefits recharge distribution is not restricted to payroll journals. It is based on the balances in the Actuals Ledger for the designated accounts. Any journal done during the month which hits one of the designated accounts will be reflected in the Actuals ledger balance, and thus will be part of the benefits recharge distribution calculation.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
How is the benefits recharge distribution (BRD) calculated?

An allocation is run in the General Ledger at month end which sums the balances in the ledger for designated accounts. The sum is multiplied by the BRD rate. The result is the BRD assessment. 

To view the current rate and the historical BRD rates since July 1, 2001, see the Historical Rates section on the Benefits Recharge Distribution page.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
What is the Benefits Recharge Distribution (BRD)?

The Benefits Recharge Distribution is a monthly fee assessed to University departments to fund retiree benefits and the operating costs of the Benefits Office. Additional BRD information can be found here http://www.finance.umich.edu/finops/reporting/brd.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
What are the fringe benefit percentages that can be used for different salary ranges when projecting benefit costs?

Please see the Benefits Office website chart to assist in calculating the fringe benefit rates. http://www.umich.edu/~benefits/webaz.html

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
My department has moved. How do I change the campus addresses for faculty/staff in my department?

If your department has more than 20 people contact the ITS Help Desk at
(734) 936-7000 or email them at 4HELP@umich.edu.

If your department has less than 20 people send a list with names and EMP ID number to hrrisissues@umich.edu.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
Where do I locate Human Resources (HR) forms?

Go to the forms section on the University Human Resouces (UHR) website. http://hr.umich.edu/hrris/forms/index.html

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
Who should I contact if there is a JE on my Statement of Activity with a source code of "PRO" and no supporting documentation?

You should contact the Financial Services - Accounting area of Payroll by calling (734) 647-3988.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
How do I adjust an award or bonus for taxes so that the individual receives a specific net payment?

For those departments that pay awards or bonuses and would like the individual to receive a specific amount of net pay, use the PeoplePay web tool to access the "Request or Record Payment of Awards, Prizes, or Gifts" form. PeoplePay can be found at Wolverine Access - University Business. In the "Special Instructions" box on the form indicate that the payment should be grossed-up for taxes. The Gross-Up Calculator provides information about the award/bonus amount that will appear on the department's Gross Pay Register.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
Who determines which accounts to include in the benefit recharge distribution calculation?

The Office of Financial Analysis, Office of Budget and Planning, UHR, and Payroll determine which accounts should be included in the benefit recharge distribution. The list of designated accounts is maintained by Financial Operations in a tree in the financial production database, the UM_ACCT_BRD tree.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
How can the Benefit Recharge Distribution journals be identified?

The journal ids begin with "BRD" and hit account 597750. The BRD assessment is assessed to the same set of chartfields as were found on the Actuals ledger, except that the account used for the BRD assessment is 597750.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Department Administrator Resources
How can the Benefit Recharge Distribution journals be identified?

The journal ids begin with "BRD" and hit account 597750. The BRD assessment is assessed to the same set of chartfields as were found on the Actuals ledger, except that the account used for the BRD assessment is 597750.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
How can I have benefit premiums deducted from my checking or savings account (for retirees only)?

To have your benefit premiums automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account, complete the Agreement for Preauthorized Benefit Premium Payments form and forward to the Payroll Office. The Payroll Office will withdraw the benefit premiums from the account indicated on the 20th of each month. For more information, please contact the Payroll Deductions Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
Why was a double deduction taken from my paychecK?

Multiple deductions occur when a regularly, scheduled deduction is missed. This can happen for several reasons: 1) when the eligible compensation does not support the deduction, 2) when a paycheck is not issued, or 3) when the goal amount of the deduction has been reached. For assistance, please contact the Payroll Deductions Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
What types of deductions can be taken from my paycheck?

There are several types of deductions. There are the benefit deductions (medical, dental, vision, etc), convenience deductions (parking, United Way) and court-ordered deductions (Friend of Court, Writ of Garnishment, Tax Levy). For assistance, please contact the Payroll Deductions Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
I am an employee in the health system. Who should I contact for questions about PTO (Personal Time Off)?

Employees with questions about PTO balances or accruals should contact their departmental timekeepers.

For PTO policy questions, contact the Health System Human Resources Office at 
(734) 647-5538.

Department Representatives or timekeepers with questions about PTO for their staff should contact Health System Payroll at (734) 764-3125 - opt 5 and follow the prompts.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
How do a locate a check for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses?

Contact the Accounts Payable and Travel Office at (734) 764-8212.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
Where do I locate Human Resources (HR) forms?

Go to the forms section on the University Human Resouces (UHR) website. http://hr.umich.edu/hrris/forms/index.html

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
Who should I notify if I was overpaid?

Employees who notice any discrepancy on their paychecks should contact their departmental HR respresentative and/or departmental timekeeper

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
How do I dispute an overpayment invoice if I believe it is incorrect?

You should call the department administrator listed in the bottom, right-hand corner of the overpayment letter.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
Who should I contact if a paycheck for an award is listed in Wolverine Access-Employee Business but I have not received it?

If you have received an award, such as a gift card or cash, the paycheck may be a manual adjustment to reflect the award value in your Form W-2. These paychecks can be identified by the check number which is 9999X. For assistance, please contact the Financial Services - Accounting area of the Payroll Office (734) 647-3988.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Faculty and Staff Resources
Who is garnishing my wages? How long will the garnishment last? How much will be deducted? How is the deduction calculated?

Please see Involuntary Deductions Chart for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact the Payroll Deductions Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Foreign Students, Faculty and Staff

Financial Operations - Payroll - Foreign Students, Faculty and Staff
If I have questions about my nonresident alien status or tax treaties, who can I contact?

Information about nonresident and resident alien status, tax treaties and IRS forms can be found in the Foreign Student, Faculty and Staff section of the Payroll web site.

If you require additional information, please contact the Payroll Tax Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax
Is my tuition reimbursement taxable?

The taxability depends on the level of study, undergraduate or graduate, and the dollar amount of the reimbursement. For specifics, please refer to the Tax Implications sections of Standard Practice Guide 201.69.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax
Is my scholarship/fellowship taxable?

The taxability depends on the use of the funds. The University, as a withholding agent, is not required to report or withhold on this money unless the recipient is a nonresident alien. The University's Tax Department conducts seminars on this topic and has compiled a document on this subject which you may view by clicking here

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax
How are the taxes calculated that are being withheld from my paycheck?

To assist in calculating your federal, state and local tax withholdings, use the form Calculating Your Taxes. If you need other help with your federal taxes (i.e. where to file tax forms or how to find forms for filing your taxes), the IRS Home Page below is a good starting point.

Resources

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax
How are taxes determined when an individual is paid on the "Payment to Non-Employee for Taxable Services" form?

The following link will take you to a log in page. You will need to log in to view this material. No MToken is needed.

 

Click here for PeoplePay FAQ

Financial Operations - Payroll - Tax
I just received a Form W-2C in the mail. What do I do?

You may have to amend a previously filed Form 1040 Tax Return if you experienced changes in your Federal taxable income. You may have to amend a previously filed state tax return if you experienced changes in your state taxable income.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When do I receive my monthly vacation/PTO accrual?

Monthly Staff

For monthly-paid staff (pay groups MOR or MPP), vacation/PTO accrual is available on the first of each month.

Biweekly Staff

For biweekly-paid staff (pay group BWC), vacation/PTO accrual is available at the beginning of the pay period which contains the first of the month.

Additional Assistance

 

For information about your accrual rate, please contact your departmental Human Resource representative or your departmental timekeeper.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
For which family members am I allowed to use funeral time?

When a death occurs in an staff member's immediate family, the University provides up to 3 days (a maximum of 24 hours) paid time off. The immediate family consists of a staff member's spouse or same-sex domestic partner (with whom the staff member shares living accommodations and expenses); the son, daughter, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister (or spouse of any of them), of either the staff member or the staff member's spouse/same-sex domestic partner.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
My appointment percentage (effort) has changed. What is my new vacation accrual rate? How was my sick time balance impacted?

If you have questions about your vacation accrual rate and/or sick time balance, please refer to the following SPGs.

Vacation SPG 201.64-0  Section IIA

Sick Time Pay SPG 201.11-0 Sections A-D

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When does a "Leave of Absence" begin? "Termination" begin?

Leave of Absence begins on the first full, unpaid day after the appropriate leave balances are exhausted.

Termination begins the day after the last day worked. However, the vacation/PTO accrual for the month is based on the last day worked.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
What is a final vacation payout?

After termination of employment, you are eligible to be paid for the remaining hours in your vacation balance. Your final vacation payout is made once your department processes your termination paperwork AND all time reports have been received through your last day of work.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
How many hours of educational time am I eligible to use?

Employees with approval from their supervisor are eligible to use 3.0 hours per week (pro rated based on percentage of effort) for educational time.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
Can I use my vacation time for family care absences?

After you have exhausted your family care balance, additional family care absences can be taken from your vacation balance by using the time reporting code FCV on your time report.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
What is the procedure for correcting a time report?

If you need to correct a hardcopy time report that has already been submitted, contact your departmental HR representative or departmental timekeeper to discuss the correction process that is used in your department.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
What is the maximum number of vacation hours I can accrue?

The maximum you can accrue is 24 times your monthly accrual.

For example, if you accrue 16 hours in a month, 24 times 16 is 384. If you accrue 8 hours in a month, 24 times 8 is 192.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
How many family care hours am I entitled to receive?

You are eligible for the following family care hours (SKF) prorated by your percentage of effort:

Non-Exempt Employees 120 hours 
Exempt Employees 120 hours 
Trades Employees 24 hours
IUOE Employees 48 hours
POAM Employees 48 hours

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When will I be eligible for extended sick time?

You are eligible for extended sick time after completing two full years of employment, provided you are actively at work at the end of the second year.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
For which family members am I allowed to use family care time?

Family care time (SKF) is subtracted from your short term sick balance. You are allowed to use family care time to care for an incapacitated, ill, or injured family member; including taking them to preventative medical and dental appointments.  Family care sick pay is also available for employees who are unable to work because they are caring for their newly born, new adopted or newly fostered child.  Staff members may use sick time pay for this purpose only during the year following the child's birth or arrival in the home. 

"Family members" include the staff member's spouse or same-sex domestic partner (with whom the staff member shares living accommodations and expenses); the child, sibling, parent, grandparent, or other related individual whose care is the responsibility of the staff member, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner.

 

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
For which types of absences can I use my extended sick time?

An employee may use extended sick time for a:

  • single disabling incident of illness or injury for more than 10 consecutive working days
  • chronic disabling conditions requiring periodic absences from work
  • pregnancy, where the staff member's physician has attested to the need for the non-contiguous absences
Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
Can I use extended sick time for family care?

No. Extended sick time is only available for use for the staff member's illness.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
Who determines if I can use my extended sick time for an absence?

If you have questions about using your extended sick time, please contact your supervisor or your departmental HR Representative. A case may be created with Work Connections and you may be contacted by a staff member from Work Connections (734-615-0643).

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
How many season hours am I entitled to?

The number of hours that you are eligible to use for Season Days is 32 hours multiplied by your appointment percentage.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
Who do I contact for an explanation of extended sick time with half pay?

If you have questions about extended sick time with half pay, please contact the Pay / Timekeeping Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When can I use my Season Days/hours?

For information about when you can use Season Days/hours, please see Section II of Standard Practice Guide 201.26-1: Season Days.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
Will I accrue vacation while using extended sick time?

Exempt and Non-exempt (non-union) staff members do not accrue vacation while using extended sick time.

Only staff members covered by the following union contracts accrue vacation while using extended sick time.

  • AFSCME
  • Trades
  • IUEO
  • Nurses
  • POAM
Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When I receive pay for jury duty, what should I do?

If you have received pay for jury duty, documentation must be provided to your supervisor and the days spent on jury duty must be reported on your time report.

The required documentation and reporting information are discussed in Standard Practice Guide 201.29: Jury and Witness Service.

If you have additional questions, contact the Pay / Timekeeping Section.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
How much vacation time will I accrue? When does it increase to 1.5 or 2 days per month?

Non-exempt, non-bargained-for staff members begin accruing vacation at the rate of 1 day per month when hired. The accrual rate increases to 1.5 days per month after completing 5 years of service and increases again to 2 days per month after completing 8 years of service.

Exempt staff members accrue vacation at the rate of 2 days per month when hired. The rate does not increase.

For additional information about vacation accrual, please contact your departmental Human Resource representative or your departmental timekeeper.

Financial Operations - Payroll - Time Reporting and Leave Data
When I receive pay for military duty, what should I do?

If you have received pay for military duty, please contact the Pay / Timekeeping Section for information about the procedure for notifying the Payroll Office.

Information about military duty can also be found in the "Military Reserve Duty Pay Standard Practice Guide". (SPG 201.33)

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
When will I receive my bill?

Consistent with current practice, students (and authorized Parent/Family) will receive an e-mail that the eBill/invoice is ready for viewing in Wolverine Access approximately three weeks before payment is due. 
The amount due will be updated on Wolverine Access through the due date (in real time) to reflect changes that take place during this time. 
Changes made after the due date will be reflected in the next months' eBill/invoice. 
Tuition and fee charges will appear on the bill if the student is registered for at least one course prior to the generation of the bill. 
Students who enroll, or increase enrollment, after the term bills have been generated will have tuition and fee charges calculated the night of enrollment and these charges will be applied to their student account. The charges will not be billed, however, until the next billing cycle.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What type of identification do I need to do business at the Cashier's Office?

The Cashier's Office requires two pieces of valid identification. One piece should be your UMID card and the other piece should be either a driver's license of passport. The Cashier's Office needs your UMID number for all transactions processed.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What is included in student billing?

Student bills include tuition, fees, and costs for residential housing (room and board).

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What are the tuition rates?

Tuition rates are established each summer for the upcoming academic year. The Regents of the University of Michigan meet annually to approve tuition and fee rates for the new academic year beginning with the Fall term. Historically, tuition and room/board fees have increased each academic year.

In addition to tuition, all students pay miscellaneous (mandatory) fees, currently approximately $100.00 per term.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
I have a credit on my student account - how do I get that money?

You may contact the Student Financial Operations Office to request a refund.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What type of identification do I need to do business at Student Financial Services?

Student Financial Services requires the student's UMID number for all business transacted in the office along with a valid picture identificaiton. To discuss a student's account, one piece of picture identificaiton (preferably the student's MCard) is required. Teller services requires two pieces of valid identificaiton (preferably the student's MCard and either a valid drivers' license or passport) for most business transactions.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What does it mean when the balance on my account has a minus sign in front of it?

This means that the account balance is a credit balance ... which means that the U of M owes the student money! The credit balance can be left on the account to cover future charges or a refund can be issued.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What is a Sponsored Student?

Sponsored students are those students that are registered and require the University of Michigan (U-M) to bill an outside sponsor for tuition and fees while they attend the U-M.
Click here for more information.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
Does the U of M accept credit cards?

The U of M does not accept credit cards in payment of student tuition bills.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
Does the university accept payments from payment/budget plans external to the UM?

If participating in a non-U-M Payment/Budget Plan, term charges are still due according to the U-M due dates for the term. Failure to meet the U-M's payment due dates will result with a financial hold being applied to the student's account as well as the assessment of late payment fees.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
Does the University of Michigan have a tuition payment plan?

Yes! The U-M Payment Plan is OPTIONAL. Students do not have to participate in the plan. The U-M Payment Plan allows payment of tuition, miscellaneous fees, room/board, entree plus, and other miscellaneous fees charged to the student's account in 5 installment payments for Fall or Winter terms.

Fall term payments are due monthly June 30 through October 31. 

Winter term payments are due monthly November 30 through March 31.

For additional information, visit the U-M Payment Plan section of the Student Financial Services' website.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
How do I access my bill?

Monthly student account bills are available electronically in the form of an eBill. Students will receive a monthly email notification sent to their U-M email account when the eBill is ready for viewing/printing. Students access their eBill via the Student Business Page in Wolverine Access. Once on the Student Business Page, select "View Bills" under the Financial Information section.Students may designate up to 4 additional individuals to receive access to each monthly bill. Parents/Family can access the eBills through Wolverine Access as well when the following steps are completed:

  • Designate email address for access

Student designates email address to receive access to his/her on-ling student account bill, summary, and 1098T form. Use the following link for more information on this process: (link to "Parent/Family Authorization for Student Account Access").

  • Create secure login for email address

The authorized Parent/Family member must create a U-M "Friend" login (secure login for U-M computer system) if he/she does not have a U-M email address. If he/she does have a U-M email address, the U-M email address can be designated by the student in the step above and a "Friend" account would not be needed. Please use the following link to create a "Friend" account if needed:http://www.itd.umich.edu/itcsdocs/s4316/

  • Email notification

Each time a bill is generated, all designated email addresses will receive an email notification that the eBill is available.

  • Login to View/Print eBill

The email notification will direct Parent/Family members to Wolverine Access to view/print the eBill using their U-M logon or "Friend" account logon. Once in Wolverine Access, select My Student's Information under Parents & Family, login, select View Bills, and select the month of the bill to be viewed/printed.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
When are charges due?

Tuition, fees, and room/board charges are due according to the following schedule for all students except 3rd and 4th year Medical School students:

Winter Term 2017January 4, 2017

Spring Term 2017April 30, 2017

Spring/Summer Term 2017April 30, 2017

Summer Term 2017June 30, 2017

Fall Term 2017August 31, 2017

 

Tuition and fees are due according to the following schedule for 3rd and 4th year Medical School students:

Winter Term 2017

October 31, 2016

Fall Term 2017May 31, 2017

Winter Term 2018October 31, 2017

Fall Term 2018May 31, 2018

 

Your official tuition assessment occurs at registration. For Information on current tuition and fee rates, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Tuition and Fees web page.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
What are the tuition rates?

Tuition rates are established each summer for the upcoming academic year, as approved by The Regents of the University of Michigan. Visit the Registrar's website for a complete list of tuition and fees.

Financial Operations - Student Financial Services
Which office at the University of Michigan handles my student loan(s)?

Student loans are applied for and administered through the Office of Financial Aid.  For more about student loans, visit Office of Financial Aid's website

The following student loans are repaid through the U-M Student Loan Collections Office:

  • University Loans
  • Perkins Loans
  • Health Professions Loans
  • Medical School Loans
  • Law School Loans
  • Emergency Loans

Please note that National Direct Loans are serviced by and and repayment is made through approvd agencies of the U.S. Department of Education.

You may contact the Student Loan Collections Office as follows:

Student Loan Collections

6000 Wolverine Tower

3003 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, MI   48109-1287

Phone:  (734) 764-9281

Toll Free:  (800) 456-0706

Fax: (734) 647-3804

Email:  um-slc@umich.edu

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Do my student loans report to the credit bureaus?

Federal regulations require lending institutions to report federal student loans to the national credit bureaus from the time of disbursement.

Student Loan Collections reports your credit history through our billing service, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI. Each loan is reflected on an individual's credit report as a "tradeline".

Failure to make payments as scheduled, or file forms in a timely manner to defer payments, may result in negative reporting to the credit bureaus.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can I make and/or schedule online payments for my loans/debts held by Student Loan Collections?

Yes. Our billing service, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI, is equipped to handle ACH payments. Please access your account via their website at: www.heartlandecsi.com. You'll need your PIN and our school code S5.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can I pay cash at the Student Loan Collections Office?

No. Our office does not accept cash payments. These payments can be made at the Cashier's Office locations including Dearborn and Flint.  Be sure to let the cashier know you are making a student loan payment.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Does Student Loan Collections accept credit card payments?

Yes. Our office does accept payment from the following credit or debit cards: MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. Our billing servicer, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI, can also accept credit card payments. Please check out their website at www.heartlandecsi.com. There may be service fees associated with these transactions.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Who do I make my checks payable to? Where do I send it? What other information must appear on my check?

Checks, money orders, and cashier's checks should always be made payable to the University of Michigan and include your name, UMID, or the last four digits of your social security number. If you don't have a statement from our billing servicer, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI, you can remit directly to our office:

Student Loan Collections
3003 South State Street
6000 Wolverine Tower
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1287

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
How do I pay my bill?

Please view this page for information on payment options.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Who do I contact about completing the Exit Interview requirements for; Perkins, Nursing and Health Profession Loans?

Contact the Student Loan Collections Office at:  (800) 456-0706 or (734) 764-9281.

Or email us at: um-slc@umich.edu

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Why am I getting bills from Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI from Coraopolis, PA ? How are they connected to the U/M?

Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI is the billing servicer for The University of Michigan. They produce the statements for outstanding loans, federal and institutional, held by the University of Michigan. In addition, delinquent Student Accounts debts transferred to our department are billed through Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can I view my account with Student Loan Collections on the internet?

Yes, go to www.heartlandecsi.com.

You will need your PIN, located on your statement, and our school code S5.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can I make payments in advance?

Yes. When making a payment that represents future installments you must check the appropriate box on your statement stub or provide a letter stating the payment represents future installments. Payments made in excess of the amount billed/owed and received without instructions will be applied to reduce the loan in accordance with federal regulations.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
What office do I contact about receiving financial aid? Or with questions about my financial aid?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at (734) 763-6600 or visit their website at: www.finaid.umich.edu

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
What happens if my delinquent student account debt is transferred to Student Loan Collections?

Student Accounts Debts include: Tuition, Housing, Telecommunications, Health Service, International Health Insurance, MDENT Dental Insurance and Childcare Tuition.

We will notify you by letter that the debt has been transferred to us and that you should contact us immediately to discuss arrangements for payment.

Our billing service, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI will begin sending you statements.

A $10.00 late fee will be assessed monthly to each category of debt that was forwarded to us for collection. For example: delinquent Housing and Tuition are transferred to us. Late fees would total $20.00 each month. These fees continue until a debt has been paid in full. If we are unable to resolve this debt it will be forwarded to a collection agency and begin reporting to the credit bureaus.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Why do I have an Exit Hold?

It is a requirement for all students who have borrowed through any federal or Ross School of Business/Credit Union loan programs to complete an exit interview when they graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time attendance.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can I pay my loan off ahead of schedule?

You may pay all or a portion of their loan at any time without penalty. Payments are applied to outstanding collections costs, late fees, and interest charges before being applied to the principal. The balance of the loan is not reduced by the total payment amount; it is reduced only by the amount applied to principal. If no other charges are due, the entire payment is applied to principal. If your loan is not paid in full after a payment of this type you must continue making your scheduled monthly payments on the balance to avoid a past due situation.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Will changes made on Wolverine Access update my records with Student Loan Collections?

No. You can contact the Student Loan Collections (SLC) Office directly to make changes or make changes via our billing service, Heartland Campus Solutions/ECSI, website at www.heartlandecsi.com.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Can student loans be discharged in bankruptcy?

Student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy unless you can prove undue hardship in a court of law. Consult with a bankruptcy attorney for details.

Financial Operations - Student Loan Collections
Which office at the U of M handles my student loan(s)?

Student loans are applied for and disbursed through the Office of Financial Aid. Student Loan Collections (SLC) handles repayment of outstanding loan debt.

Financial Operations - Teller Services

Financial Operations - Teller Services
I'm an employee of the U of M and just spent some of my own money for Universty purposes. How do I get reimbursed for this?

If your purchase was tangible of nature and under $200.00, you may be eligible to get a petty cash reimbursement.

Fleming Business Services

Fleming Business Services
Where can I learn more about Fleming Business Services?

Internal Controls

Internal Controls
What is the timeline for the certification process?

The roll-out of updated and new matrixes occurs between January and June. Units can complete their gap analyses starting in January through September. Certification requests go out in early September and responses are due back by the end of September.

Procurement Services

Procurement Services
Where can I learn more about Procurement Services?

Risk Management

Risk Management
Is personal property covered?

Generally speaking, the university’s coverage does not extend to personal property. Some exceptions apply if property is being used at the request of, or to benefit, the university. Call Risk Management Services for more information.

Risk Management
Do I need to purchase insurance to cover property in transit?

No, the University’s property insurance program covers university owned property in transit.

Risk Management
Do I need to obtain the collision damage waiver insurance when renting a vehicle?

No, you should:

  • Use the University’s designated car rental company. If that is not an option;
  • Use the University P-Card to rent the vehicle. If that is not an option;
  • The University’s self-insurance program will respond to a loss.
Risk Management
Does the University’s auto insurance program cover loss or damage to a personal vehicle driven for University business?

The owner of the vehicle's insurance responds to the loss or damage. Insurance costs are included in the per-mile reimbursement rate and are not reimbursable as a separate expense.

Pursuant to SPG 507.10-1, the University does not assume liability for damage to personal vehicles used on University business and does not assume liability for deductibles or any other uninsured loss to the vehicle.  Liability insurance protection will be provided as additional coverage only after the private owner’s personal liability insurance limits are exhausted when the vehicle is used for business purposes.

Cost of repairs to a vehicle, whether or not they result from the traveler’s actions, are not reimbursable.

Risk Management
Should all contracts be sent to Risk Management Services for review?

Risk Management Services will be happy to provide assistance upon request. Typically Risk Management Services reviews contracts received from the Office of General Counsel or Procurement.

Risk Management
Are insurance premiums recharged to university departments?

Yes, charges are made to major units and each of these units determines how the costs will be charged within their areas.  Not every department will be recharged. For example, recharges to departments within the General Fund-Ann Arbor are charged to one chartfield combination. Flint, Dearborn and the Hospital receive one recharge for all the units within each.

Risk Management
How do I obtain a certificate of insurance?

Contact Risk Management Services at (734) 764-2200.

Risk Management
Will Risk Management provide loss prevention recommendations?

Yes, contact Risk Management Services at (734) 764-2200. We will be happy to work with you and coordinate the services of experts to help formulate effective loss prevention plans.

Risk Management
How do I obtain loss information for my department?

Contact Risk Management Services at (734) 764-2200.

Risk Management
How does the university provide me with insurance coverage for allegations of wrongful acts related to my work?

You are insured for claims made against you personally for any loss or damage resulting from your university sponsored activities, except for any loss or damage resulting from any willful misconduct or illegal activities. Coverage provides for payment of all costs, including defense costs, for which covered persons or departments become legally obligated to pay.

Anyone covered by university insurance is required to cooperate fully with all aspects of the defense of the claim.

In some cases, persons covered by the university’s insurance program must receive approval of indemnification from the Provost or Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Refer to Defense and Indemnification SPG 601.09: www.spg.umich.edu.

Risk Management
Are volunteers covered for allegations of negligence or wrongful acts?

The university’s insurance provides liability coverage for volunteers while performing authorized services on behalf of the university, except for any loss or damage resulting from any willful misconduct or illegal activities. Coverage provides for payment of all costs, including defense costs, for which covered persons or departments become legally obligated to pay.

Anyone covered by university insurance is required to cooperate fully with all aspects of the defense of the claim.

In some cases, persons covered by the university’s insurance program must receive approval of indemnification from the Provost or Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Refer to Defense and Indemnification SPG 601.09: www.spg.umich.edu.

Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs
How can I find my Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator?

Your Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator can be found on the Project Award Notice (PAN), Project Award Change (PAC), on the Statement of Activity (SOA).

 

Sponsored Programs - Rules & Compliance

Sponsored Programs - Rules & Compliance
Where can I find Uniform Guidance guidelines?

Information regarding Uniform Guidance guidelines can be found on:

Please contact your Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator for specific questions regarding the Uniform Guidance guidlines. To obtain contact information for the Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator for your department, please check your Statement of Activity (SOA) or visit Coordinator by Department.

Sponsored Programs- Project Grant Lifecycle

Sponsored Programs- Project Grant Lifecycle
How can I request more than one Department on my Project/Grant?

A project/grant (P/G) can only have one Department ID. If your project needs to be allocated to more than one Department, you will need to set up sub P/Gs for each Department other than the one the award was established under.

During the life of an award, some actions can happen that will require the change of a Department ID within the system. If this situation occurs, please contact the ORSP representative for your award regarding the changes that need to be made. Sponsored Programs cannot change a Department unless it is issued through ORSP.

Please contact your Customer Service Coordinator for specific questions regarding changes in your Department ID. To obtain contact information for the Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator for your department, please check your Statement of Activity (SOA) or visit Coordinator by Department.

Sponsored Programs- Project Grant Lifecycle
How much revenue has been booked to my Project/Grant? How to I tell if the sponsor has paid the invoice?

Revenue received on behalf of a sponsored project/grant (P/G) is generally received in one of the following formats: Cash Receipt; Letter of Credit (LOC); or Invoice sent to the sponsor.

  1. Cash Receipt - Some sponsors send payments in advance or based on a set schedule that is agreed upon by the Sponsor and Office of Research & Sponsored Projects (ORSP), on behalf of the University, at the time the P/G is established. Cash receipts appear on the Statement of Activity (SOA) as Sponsor Revenue and the Journal ID starts with CR. Some examples of Sponsors that use the Scheduled/Advance Payment method are: Department of Defense, Air Force and Army; Department of Veterans Affairs; and various Non-Federal companies and foundations.
  2. Letter of Credit - Some revenue is received via the Sponsor€™s Letter of Credit (LOC) mechanism. LOCs appear on the SOA as Fed LOC Revenue and the Journal ID starts with LOC. Some examples of sponsors who use LOC are: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF); and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). P/Gs on the LOC payment method receive a monthly revenue allocation equal to that month€™s expenses. This is an automatic allocation run during the close of that month's business. Due to the automatic nature of the funding, LOC will fund more than the awarded budget. This does not mean that the funds can remain with the P/G. This issue will be cleared up during the completion of the Financial Status Report.
  3. Invoices - Some sponsors prefer to receive an invoice from the University. Invoices can be sent monthly, quarterly, annually, upon completion of the Project, etc. Sponsored Programs preferred method is to send an invoice to the Sponsor for expenses incurred on a monthly basis (Cost Reimbursable-Monthly). Revenue is booked to the P/G when invoices are sent to the Sponsor. Invoices appear on the SOA as BI Billing (Journal ID starts with BI and revenue received prior to 11/1/03 may show up with Journal ID starting with AR). The SOA shows both the amount of revenue received/booked during the current month and the amount received/booked fiscal year to date. Revenue that has been booked to the P/G by invoice does not guarantee that the Sponsor will pay the invoice. To determine whether or not a sponsor has paid a particular invoice, it is necessary to review an Accounts Receivable Aging Detail Report. The Aging Detail Report shows only the outstanding or unpaid invoices. The Aging Detail Report is available in FINODS or Business Objects. Instructions for running these reports are available on the MyLINC, ITS Reporting by Data Area.

Please contact your Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator for specific questions regarding your revenue and the status of your invoices. To obtain contact information for the Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinator for your department, please check your Statement of Activity (SOA) or visit Coordinator by Department.

Tax

Tax
When making a purchase is my unit responsible for sales tax?

The university is exempt from tax in many situations due to its status as a state institution and a federally recognized tax exempt entity.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What are variable rate bonds?

A variable rate bond is a bond with an interest rate that is adjusted at specific intervals, i.e. a floating interest rate.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What is tax-exempt debt?

Debt obligations where the interest received by the investor is excluded from federal and state income taxes.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What is taxable debt?

Debt obligations where the interest received by the investor is subject to federal and state taxes.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What type of security does the University offer in its debt issues?

The university presently issues debt backed by a pledge of General Revenues.

 

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What are Hospital Gross Revenues?

Hospital Gross Revenues means all revenues, income, receipts and money received by or on behalf of the Regents with respect to or arising from the operation of the Hospital, including but not limited to (a) gross revenues derived from its operation and possession of the Hospital, (b) proceeds with respect to, arising from or relating to the operations of the Hospital, and derived from (i) insurance (except to the extent such proceeds are required by the terms of the Master Indenture to be used for purposes inconsistent with their use for the payment of Revenue Obligations), (ii) accounts receivable, (iii) disposition of inventory and other tangible and intangible property, (iv) medical or hospital expense reimbursement or insurance programs or agreements, (v) investment earnings or profits on funds held by the Regents for the account or benefit of the Hospital and (vi) contract rights and other rights and assets now or hereafter owned, held or possessed by or on behalf of the Hospital by the Regents, but excluding (1) appropriations received from the State or Michigan, (2) proceeds of borrowing an interest earned thereon if and to the extent such interest is required to be excluded by the terms of the borrowing, (3) gifts, grants, bequests, donations and contributions received by or allocated to the Hospital, (4) cash on hand or investments held by the Regents at any time for the account or benefit of the Hospital and (5) medical service plan or other physician, dentist or similar payments to the extent not treated as Hospital revenues for Hospital accounting purposes.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What types of debt does the university issue?

The university primarily issues fixed and variable rate bonds and commercial paper. The debt may be tax-exempt or taxable.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What is commercial paper?

Commercial paper is an unsecured, short-term debt instrument issued by the university, typically for the interim financing capital projects or gifts and may be issued as taxable or tax-exempt. Maturities on commercial paper typically are up to 90 days and no longer than 270 days.

Treasurer's Office - Debt Management
What are fixed rate bonds?

A fixed rate bond is a bond that pays the same amount of interest for its entire term. The benefit of a fixed-rate bond is that university knows with certainty how much interest will be paid and for how long.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Can we accept foreign checks for payment?

The University of Michigan does not accept checks of any kind issued from foreign banks located outside the U.S. and Canada. This includes payments from students, vendors and other affiliates, regardless of whether payment is issued in U.S. dollars or foreign currencies.

Accepting checks issued from foreign banks (non-U.S./non-Canadian) presents unique challenges in the collection of the funds. Unlike domestic checks that are cleared through the United States Federal Reserve, foreign-issued checks must be presented and cleared through a variety of channels depending on the banking system associated with the country of origin. Impacts of the more complex foreign check clearing process include:

  • Increased cost for clearing which can exceed the amount of small deposits. Some banks will not process foreign checks under $250.00 USD. Each bank that is involved in the chain of clearing a foreign check can add service fees that reduce the amount of the deposit. Costs for clearing foreign checks are charged back to each depositing unit.
  • Foreign checks must be handled through a separate labor intensive process from domestic checks.
  • Delay in clearing (as much as 12 weeks) as check clearing laws vary per country.
  • Foreign exchange risk can be encountered on some currencies.
 

The University is sensitive to the strategic partnerships held with our vendors and academic affiliates abroad as well as our diverse student population. The Treasurer’s Office is available to assist students, faculty, and staff in making the determination of the most cost effective payment alternative. Suggested payment alternatives include wire transfer through the SWIFT payment network and credit card payments for non-tuition & fee
payments.

Anyone requiring assistance with establishing the acceptance of credit card payments or details for receiving wire transfer payments may contact the Treasurer’s Office for further
instructions.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
What if I commit a Cash Receipt Ticket and the deposit amount differs or the allocation is incorrect?

Committed Cash Receipt Tickets cannot be altered.  If the deposit is still in your possession, in most cases, it is suggested to:

  1. Shred the white deposit ticket.
  2. Write "void" on the yellow deposit ticket copy in the book of deposit tickets.
  3. Create a new deposit ticket with the correct amount.
  4. Create a new Cash Receipt Ticket* using the new deposit ticket number. 
  5. Make the deposit. 

* The first Cash Receipt Ticket will never match with the "shredded" deposit ticket and will actually be deleted from the Online CRT system after about 90 days.

The same procedures above can be followed for errors done in a committed CRT, assuming that the deposit is still in your possession.

If the deposit was already sent to the bank and Cash Receipt Ticket committed with a different amount or had incorrect allocations, the deposit ticket amount will post to the department's default Chartfields.  The department will need to process a correcting journal entry.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
If I have completed the Depository Certification TME101 course, do I need to also complete the Cash Handling TME103 course?

No.  As of 11/28/12, anyone who has completed the Treasury Depository Certification MyLINC TME101 course does NOT also have to complete the MyLINC Cash Handling TME103 course.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
I forgot to print a copy of the Cash Receipt Ticket - how do I get a copy for my records?

If you have committed the online Cash Receipt Ticket (CRT) and closed your Web browser without printing a copy of the CRT, at this time you will not be able to obtain a CRT copy for your records. 

However if you have query access to FINPROD and you wait until the following business day, you can run a specific query that will provide the same CRT information in a spreadsheet format.  Use this link for FINPROD query instructions.  If you do not have FINPROD access, please contact the Treasurer's Office with the deposit ticket number and date of CRT.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
What needs to be done with new/terminated staff relating to the deposit processing?

The primary or secondary deposit location contact should have the FINPROD access to update authorized users.

 

Please see pages 1 & 2 of the link below for further details on how to make changes to authorized users.

 

https://maislinc.umich.edu/mais/html/GL_CR_Deposit_Merchant.html

 

The Treasurer's Office no longer requires to be notified of these authorized user changes.

 

Note: If your department/unit also processes credit cards, these authorized users may also need to be updated in FINPROD. See page 3 & 4 of the above linked document.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
How do I change my location's "default" credit/debit chartfields?

If any default chartfield requires alteration, simply send an email to depositoryservices@umich.edu with your:

  1. department name
  2. 4 digit Treasury-assigned location number
  3. new chartfield information

Please indicate if the change applies to credits and/or debits.  Financial Operations must approved the new chartfields before we can post them in FINPROD.  Changes generally will be processed within a few business days.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
How will I benefit from the Treasury depository process?

Units will have quicker access to their financial information and will have better forecasting capabilities through the improved reporting solutions.  Many departments will save money through time savings and by no longer having to pay for depository supplies. 

Converts to the new process will enjoy an online Cash Receipt Ticket interface in Wolverine Access that makes cash receipt preparation more convenient and efficient. This interface is extremely flexible, and automatic journal entries are made based on how a deposit is allocated in the online interface. Please note: the online cash receipt will not work for your unit until you have converted to the new process.

Units that process all of their deposits to a single Chartfield will no longer need to create cash receipt tickets once they have converted to the new process! 

Is your department/unit seeking to become a new Treasury depositing location?
 

Please send an email for additional information prior to ordering initial depository supplies.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
What are Deposit Stations and where are they located?

Deposit Stations are ATM-like devices designed to accept university deposits.  Deposit Stations are currently located at the:

  • Michigan Union
  • Michigan League
  • Pierpont Commons
Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
How do I order deposit supplies?

Initial deposit supplies will be provided to each unit once the Treasurer's Office completes the location setup. 

Additional quantities of deposit bags, deposit tickets, endorsement stamps, etc. can be ordered through the Treasury online depository supply order form.  Please allow up to three weeks for delivery.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Can I make deposits at the local Huntington Bank branch?

Units can deposit funds at local Huntington Bank branches.  Please be sure to use your assigned deposit tickets from the Treasurer's Office.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
If I exhaust my supply of deposit tickets, can I just make a photocopy of another one?
Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Our department has a sale once a year where we take in huge sums of cash/checks – do we have to do anything special?

Please contact the Treasurer’s Office in advance for details; they can make alternate deposit arrangements for special circumstances.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Can I still use endorsement stamps and deposit tickets with LaSalle Bank's name on them?

Please continue to utilize endorsement stamps and deposit tickets that have LaSalle Bank on them. They are still appropriate and valid for depository use. The Treasurer's Office will notify units when said supplies will need to be replaced with depository supplies with Bank of America's name.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
I’m having difficulties balancing my Statement of Account deposit activity with my records – who can assist me?

Please contact U-M Shared Services Center - SOA Reconciliation at 734 615-2000 #3 or SOAReconciliation@umich.edu for assistance.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
What can I deposit?

Appropriate items to deposit:

  • U.S. Cash (currency and coin)
  • checks issued by U.S. banks are acceptable
  • Contact depositoryservices@umich.edu if you have a Canadian check(s) prior to depositing
  • traveler's checks & domestic money orders

Inappropriate items to deposit:

  • severely damaged U.S. cash (i.e., bent coin or less than 75% of a bill)
  • foreign currency & coin
  • checks drawn off of banks other than U.S. banks

Inappropriate items will not be accepted and will not be credited in the deposit.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Other Questions?

Please contact Treasury Services - Amy Cobb, Dave Doyle or Kelley Thomas using the following email:

depositoryservices@umich.edu

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
Can I order additional Bank of America preprinted bar code labels for check bags?

Bank of America (BOA) has discontinued the printing and disbursement of the preprinted bar code labels.   Please enter your appropriate information on the deposit bag fields with a pen.  You are more than welcome to produce your own (Avery) labels with "To & From" information for use with deposit bags.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Services
We had a fund raiser and received a lot of change – how do we deposit it?

If the total coin is less than $25, loose coin can be placed in a plain envelope and included with the cash deposit. 

If the total coin exceeds $25, contact the Treasurer’s Office for heavy duty CoinLok bags.  These bags are able to hold up to 50 lbs of coin.  If the department is unable to transport the bag for deposit, the Treasurer’s Office can make special arrangements for it transportation.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
What do I do with my current supply of separate cash and check deposit bags?

You have two options:

1. Recommended - Use the new combo bags and return your old cash & check bags to: Treasurer’s Office, 10090 Wolverine Tower, zip 1283. (Please do not dispose of these bags.)

2. Continue to use the cash and check bags as you have previously until they are exhausted.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
Why are the new combo bags transparent?

A new banking trend is to produce transparent deposit bags. These bags will allow bank processing centers to view the contents and ensure that all funds are removed.  It also ensures that there no non-monetary items included.

Transporting these bags to deposit stations or to the bank should be handled in the same manner, meaning that they should be kept out of view in a purse, backpack, etc., during transit.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
How will this new combo bag benefit me?

Using this new bag means that you can deposit:

just cash
just coin (up to $25) 
just checks

or any combination of the 3 in the same bag

You only need to complete one deposit ticket and one online cash receipt ticket (CRT) if allocating funds in the deposit!

You will not need to order or store separate cash & check bags. This bag will handle almost all deposits (please continue to use the CoinLOK bags for coin deposits over $25).

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
Are there procedural differences with the new combo bag compared to the separate cash and check bags?

Not much. Besides only requiring one deposit ticket, the cash, coin, and checks are processed the same as in the past. Bundle bills separately from checks and place coin in a plain envelope. All funds are put inside the bag, while the deposit ticket is always placed by itself in the deposit ticket pouch inside the middle of the bag.

Also see: 

Combo bag cheatsheet (Word version)

Combo bag FAQs (Word version)

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
Does this mean I can now combine cash and checks using my current existing bags (non combo bags)?

Only if you have opaque cash bags and take these bags directly to bank (not a deposit station). Select departments/clinics have been doing so in the past. Once the opaque cash bags are exhausted, the new combo bags will need to be used.

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
Will combo bags replace the existing cash bags and check bags?

Yes. The University and Treasurer’s Office are seeking cost reductions. By using a “one bag fits all” approach, this will save the University thousands each year in bag costs. In addition to the cost savings, your department should also see a time savings by not preparing multiple bags for cash and checks.

(For those locations that only process checks, the Treasurer’s Office does still have a limited quantity of small MCH check-only bags that can be ordered through the normal Treasury depository supply order form web page).

Treasurer's Office - Depository Supply-Related Questions
Are there different size combo bags?

Yes. Combo bags are available in two sizes:

Small (9.5” x 12.5”)

and

Medium (12” x17”)

Treasurer's Office - HSIP

Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I deposit and account for unused HSIP cash?

If the PI does not use all the cash requested, the unused portion can be deposited using the cash deposit system:

  • Debit account 111575 with your chartfield combination
  • Send copy of the cash receipt with the Subject Incentive Receipts to the HSIP Office for documentation. The receipt can be sent by campus mail or as a PDF in an email to mailto:subject-incentives@umich.edu.
Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I return and account for unused coupons?

If the PI does not use all the coupons that were requested, the Unit Administrator can cancel the coupons using the following process:

  • Contact the HSIP Office at subject-incentives@umich.edu to have coupons cancelled. Please include the HSIP control number and coupon sequence number or numbers to be cancelled.
  • HSIP Office will cancel the coupons. If this completes a request, the HSIP Office will complete the form to post to the SOA.
Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I return and account for unused MasterCard gift cards?

Contact subject-incentives@umich.eduto request an appointment to return MasterCard gift Cards

  • Include package ID numbers and amounts
  • Let HSIP Office know preferred time for return.
Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I submit documentation to the HSIP office?

Documentation can be submitted to the HSIP via the following methods:

  • Attach a file directly in the HSIP request
  • Fax the documentation securely to (734) 764-5375
  • Send the documentation through Campus Mail
Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I request an extension of the 30 day documentation time line?

To request an extension please contact the HSIP Office at subject-incentives@umich.edu. State reason for extension and time needed to complete request.

Treasurer's Office - HSIP
Can I use different incentive types for the same study?

You may use different incentive types for a study if they have been approved by the IRB. Each request will only be for one payment type, but separate requests can have different payment types.

Treasurer's Office - HSIP
What do I do if a subject states they did not receive a check?

If a subject does not receive a check, please contact the HSIP Office. We will help to reissue or cancel a check. DO NOT make a new request before contacting the HSIP Office. If this is done, two checks will be issued to the same person.

Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I activate unloaded gift cards?

E-mail subject-incentives@umich.edu with the HSIP control number and the package I.D.s you would like to have activated.

Treasurer's Office - HSIP
How do I activate unloaded gift cards?

E-mail subject-incentives@umich.edu with the HSIP control number and the package I.D.s you would like to have activated.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
What can I do with my Mcard?

Your Mcard is a multi-functional card, which provides access to University services and facilities and serves many purposes. On the Ann Arbor campus these include but are not limited to:

Official University Photo ID
Building Access
Library Borrowing Privileges
Computer Log On
Meal Plans
Blue Bucks
Recreation Center Access
Discounts

Not all University services are available to all cardholders.  Please inquire with the service provider for qualifications and other information.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Are Students required to present their Mcard with their ticket for home football games?

The University of Michigan Athletic Department requires that all students with student season football tickets show their Mcards for entry into Michigan Stadium.  It is highly recommended that students who have lost their Mcards obtain a replacement Monday - Friday during normal business hours at an ID issuing station prior to the game. 

 

There are no ID stations open on game day Saturdays!  If an Mcard is lost on game day, a replacement card may be obtained at Crisler Center Northeast Box office 2 hours prior to kickoff until halftime for a $20 fee.

 

For additional information regarding the student ticket policy and procedures, see the U of M Athletics' Web site.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
What if my Mcard does not work somewhere?

Depending on what your card will not do will depend on how the problem is corrected.

Below are some of the most common problems, but not all, Ann Arbor cardholders experience along with instructions for a possible resolution. Please note that EXPIRED Mcards could also cause access problems - take expired Mcard to an ID Issuing Station for replacement

All phone numbers are area code (734)

Card will not work anywhere it is swiped AND there are scratches on black stripe - take Mcard to an ID Issuing Station

Card is damaged - take Mcard to an ID Issuing Station

Cannot get into own residence hall  - contact Housing 763 -8250

Cannot get meals at a residence hall  - contact Housing 763 -8250

Cannot spend Blue Bucks funds at readers or merchants - contact Housing 763 -8250

Cannot get into campus academic buildings after hours - contact the specific building access control administrator (usually Facilities Dept)

Cannot get into recreation buildings - contact the Central Campus Rec Bldg 763-3084

Cannot access campus computing sites (ITCS) - email 4HELP@umich.edu and include your uniqname, the 16-digit ID number on the front of your card, the name of any site where you had problems gaining entry, and the date and time of your last Mcard swipe.

 

Library bar code unreadable - take Mcard to an ID Issuing Station

Cannot access hospital areas - contact the Key & ID Office 763-6376

Cannot access medical school buildings - e-mail Med.School.Facilities@umich.edu with 16 digit card #, name, and location of access problem

Cannot access North Campus Research Complex areas - contact the NCRC Mcard ID station 734 764-9004

Card will not work as ATM/debit card (must be linked to a PNC Bank account prior to usage) - contact PNC 1 888 PNC-BANK

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Is PNC Bank the only bank affiliated with the Mcard?

Yes.  Due to the technological requirements of the program, there is only one bank affiliated with the Mcard.  The University of Michigan selected PNC® Bank through a competitive bid process for its low or no-cost feature-rich bank account and the convenient services that they offer to the University community.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
What is the difference between Mcard and Blue Bucks and ATM/debit?

The Mcard is the official University of Michigan ID card.  It not only identifies cardholders affiliated with the University, it also is the device that is used to gain access to many services across campus.  Two separate services accessed with the black magnetic strip (see below) on the reverse of the Mcard are Blue Bucks and Mcard ATM/debit. 

 

Blue Bucks is an extension to the Housing meal plan.  Money (cash or checks) is deposited into a debit account with the Mcard Center.  Money can also be applied via Blue Bucks Web site and billed to the Student Account.  Cardholders then can spend this money by swiping their Mcards at residence hall copier machines, laundry facilities, cafeterias, snack bars, convenience stores, and vending machines (and some campus vending machines as well).  Blue Bucks can also be used at Wendy's®, Subway® and other restaurants in the Michigan Union, Michigan League, Palmer Commons, Pierpont Commons, and University Hospital cafeteria. Using Blue Bucks through the Mcard almost eliminates the need for cash on campus.

Mcard ATM/Debit Card access is possible when the Mcard is linked to a PNC®Bank account.  If this is done, the Mcard can be used to withdraw money from the bank account ATMs on campus and ATMs worldwide.  The Mcard can also be used to make debit card purchases at hundreds of thousands of debit retailers across the nation.  A 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) is used when making transactions at ATMs and debit merchants. 

The PNC Visa Debit Card is a separate card from the Mcard and is issued by bank when a University student, faculty, staff or other member opens a bank account.  The Visa Debit Card is an ATM/Debit card with a Visa® logo that can be used around the world anywhere Visa® debit cards are accepted, although it is not a credit card.  The purchase amount is directly debited from a bank account.  This card can also be used in any of the hundreds of thousands of ATMs worldwide. 

PNC Bank does not charge annual fees or fees for debit card transactions when using the Mcard or Visa Debit Card.  The operator of a terminal may charge a fee for non-Visa®system transactions.  Visa Debit Cards used in a non-bank ATM may incur a charge from the owner of that ATM and possibly an ATM fee from PNC Bank (HOWEVER cardholders are allowed 2 non-PNC bank fee ATM transactions per account statement period).

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Do I need a local bank account?

It is highly recommended that people who come to the University from out of state obtain a local bank account.  ATM machine surcharges can get expensive if one doesn't have a local bank.  And, while most merchants accept out of state checks with proper identification, some do not.  Most people from out of town find it more convenient and cost effective to maintain a local checking or savings account to manage their money.

It is also recommended that direct deposit of wages from a job and/or financial aid be established with the local bank account.  Direct deposit provides the safety of an electronic deposit without the worries of a paper check lost in the mail and no hassles of waiting in a bank teller line.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Does my Mcard really allow me free rides on AAATA city buses?

A University agreement with Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) allows all current students, faculty, and staff with yellow Mcards to ride any fixed schedule bus route simply by swiping their valid (non-expired) Mcard through a card reader on the fare box on the bus.  Individuals who are not U-M students or employees are not a part of the agreement.

The program is called Mride.  The five-year agreement between the University and AATA will allow free rides any time and any day to destinations throughout Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and other surrounding communities.  The agreement does not cover rides to such events as the Ann Arbor Art Fair or home Michigan football games. 

If you have an expired Mcard, a replacement Mcard can be issued for free when the expired card is turned in to an ID Issuing Station.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Do residence halls cash checks for student?

No. For safety and security, residence halls do not cash checks. It is recommended that students, faculty, and staff use a local bank for check cashing services.

The University Cashier's Office does not cash personal checks.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Why are there blue Mcards?

Blue colored Mcards were created to help distinguish members of the University community (not including Michigan Medicine) from faculty, staff, and students.  These cards include:

Blue Mcard image
  • Alumni
  • Conference
  • Contracted Temps (Accountemps, Kelly, Wolverine Staffing, etc.)
  • Contractors
  • Housing Temporary
  • Recreational Sports Sponsored Users
  • Vendors
  • Visitors

 

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
How can I make my Mcard an ATM/debit card?

The Mcard can be made an ATM/debit card only by linking it to PNC® Bank bank account.  You will be able to choose your own security 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) to use at ATMs and when making debit purchases.  Visit this website for additional info.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
How do I change my name on my Mcard?

Student/faculty/staff name changes are not processed at an ID Issuing Station.  If a cardholder has a name change due marriage, divorce, legal name change, or it is simply misspelled...

Students - all name changes are first processed through Wolverine Access or the Registrar's Office.

Faculty/Staff - all name changes are first processed through the Human Resources Department.

These offices require proof of name change such as marriage certificate, legal documents, etc.

After the name change is processed through the appropriate office, the data will be transferred to the ID Card database generally in about 30 minutes.  Once the name change has appeared in the ID Card database, the cardholder can turn in their current Mcard for a new corrected Mcard.

Non-student/faculty/staff name changes can be processed at an ID Issuing Station with appropriate documentation (marriage certificate, divorce decree, new driver's license, or other legal documents).  A corrected Mcard may require a card fee.

Preferred Names are available to be printed on non-Michigan Medicine Mcards. Cardholders first select an appropriate preferred name through Wolverine Access.  Cardholders lacking access to Wolverine Access can seek additional information here. Dearborn and Flint students can go to their respective campus ID Issuing Stations to select an appropriate preferred name and have it printed on their Mcards.  Generally, visitors, contractors, Rec Sports sponsored users, and others who cannot have access to Wolverine Access are unable to participate in the preferred name feature at this time.

For additional information regarding preferred names and the Mcard Preferred Name Policy please click here.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Where can I get more Mcard information?

Mcard Center       Map

Room 1011 Student Activities Building
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM 
(734) 93-Mcard (936-2273)
Send us an email

Mailing address:

U-M Mcard Center
1011 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
What are Preferred Names?

The following is a 3-D email sent on 3/29/07 from Gloria Hage, Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the University, and Jeff Frumkin, Assistant Provost introducing Preferred Name...

We are pleased to inform you that the Provost's Office, HR/AA, and MAIS, on the Ann Arbor campus has led an effort to develop and implement a University-wide policy that will enable students, faculty, and staff to use a preferred name instead of their legal name in various University information systems. The legal name will continue to be used in business processes that require use of the legal name, such as for payroll records and student transcripts.

BACKGROUND
Many individuals on campus have expressed a desire to be known by a name different than their legal name, which is referred to as preferred name. Demand for use of a preferred name type across the University community has increased as individual information has expanded in databases and is more accessible via the Internet.

PHASED IMPLEMENTATION
The Preferred Names implementation is being phased into use during 2007 and 2008.
1. Beginning April 25, 2007, students of the Ann Arbor campus and Faculty and Staff of the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses can specify a preferred name of their choice through Wolverine Access. The first administrative system that will incorporate the preferred name is the U-M Online Directory (UMOD). Any preferred names added through Wolverine Access become available in the UMOD after each weekly UMOD update.
2. Later in 2007, preferred names will be used in the 2007-08 printed staff directory and individuals may request to have a preferred name on their Mcard.
3. June 2008 is the target date to have preferred names available for reporting from the M-Pathways Data Warehouse.
4. For future implementation, the Enterprise Directory will include preferred names for additional populations, such as alumni, contractors, and visitors. Enterprise Directory will also contain data for employees, students, alumni, emeritus faculty, and sponsored individuals.

IMPACT TO BUSINESS OFFICES
The Provost's office recommends that business offices review the use of names for their internal business processes and reporting. Offices that retrieve name data from M-Pathways should develop plans to begin using preferred names as soon as is reasonable by the end of the next academic year.

POLICY
The University recognizes that as a community many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a 'preferred name' can and should be used wherever possible in the course of University business and education. Therefore, it is the policy of the University that any student, active or retired faculty or staff member, or alumni may choose to identify themselves within the University's information systems with a preferred name in addition to the person's legal name. It is further understood that the person's preferred name shall be used in all University communications and reporting except where the use of the legal name is required by University business or legal need.

The individual is free to determine the preferred name he or she wants to be known by in the University's information systems. However, inappropriate use of the preferred name policy (including but not limited to avoiding a legal obligation or misrepresentation) may be cause for denying the request.

Mcard Preferred Name Policy

Faculty, staff, retiree, student, and alumni cardholders may have an appropriate preferred name used on their Mcards.  Preferred names for faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and Ann Arbor campus students populate the ID Card database from Wolverine Access and are not changed at an ID Issuing Station.

The UM Health System requires that the Mcard show an individual's legal name. The Health System Key/ID office located in room C150 Med Inn Building can provide an ID badge holder for individuals who wish to display an additional name along with the badge.  For more information on this option, contact the Health System Key/ID office at 763-6376.

Since Dearborn and Flint Students currently do not have access to Wolverine Access, they may have an appropriate preferred name entered manually into the ID Card database by the Dearborn and Flint ID Issuing Stations.

All other cardholders (contractors, visitors, etc.) may be able to have a preferred name subsequent to the implementation of the MCommunity Enterprise Directory.

Image removed. 

When a preferred name is used for an Mcard, it will be the default name printed on the front of the Mcard.  The legal name also will print on the reverse of the Mcard above the library bar code.

Faculty, staff, retirees, students, and alumni are able to have one and only one Mcard reproduced with their preferred name printed at no charge.  (Cardholders must turn in their current Mcard, otherwise pay the replacement fee.)  Additional requests for Mcards with new/different preferred names after the first free reproduction will be charged the Mcard replacement fee.

Inappropriate Preferred Names

Individuals with access to Wolverine Access have the ability to input any preferred name of their choice.  It is possible that an inappropriate preferred name could be selected and ID Issuing Staff may deny that name from being printed on an Mcard.  Inappropriate preferred names include but are not limited to those that avoid legal obligation, misrepresent, harass, threaten, or are otherwise objectionable.  In most cases, a preferred name should not be a message, company or group name, especially if it is for promotional purposes.

ID Issuing Station management have the authority to refuse the issuance of an Mcard in this situation

Individuals with preferred names deemed inappropriate can either:

  • obtain an Mcard with just their legal name.
  • change their preferred name on Wolverine Access and return later to an ID Issuing Station for their Mcard with revised appropriate preferred name.*

Cardholders also can appeal the decision of the ID Issuing Station staff to:  mcardadmin@umich.edu

In this case, the Registrar’s Office or Human Resources will make the final decision.  These offices have the ultimate authority in determining the appropriateness of preferred names.  If the preferred name is deemed appropriate, the email response will inform the cardholder to print the email and turn it in to an ID Issuing Station.

* Only the Dearborn & Flint ID Issuing Station staff can manually change student preferred names in the ID Card database as requested by the students.

Additional Preferred Name information can be found at this web page link: http://documentation.its.umich.edu/node/248

 

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the:

Mcard Admin
Send us an email
734 763-1299

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
What if I do not like my photo on my Mcard?

If you do not like your photo on your Mcard, you may obtain a new photo and Mcard at an ID Issuing Station for a cost of $20.  Under certain circumstances, cardholders who have had major physical facial or head changes can turn in their old card for an updated Mcard.  Cardholders who change hair style or hair color, grow facial hair or remove it, begin to wear glasses or contacts, have minor plastic surgery, etc. do not qualify as having a major physical change and a $20 replacement would apply.  Final discretion is determined by the ID Issuing Station.

Generally students, faculty, and staff, who turn in their Mcards because it is expired or damaged from normal use; who have changed departments; or who have a name changes can request to have a new photo taken for the new Mcards.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Replacing an Mcard issued prior to 2011?

You will need a new smart Mcard if you have been granted access Ann Arbor campus (non-Health System) facilities after-hours. Most Ann Arbor campus academic buildings require the smart Mcard (residence halls not affected).  Smart Mcards and UM Michigan Medicine Mcards will work with Ann Arbor campus exterior building readers

Do NOT Replace your Mcard if:

  • your Ann Arbor (non-Health System) Mcard does have the key symbol (circled in red below)
  • you have an Ann Arbor Michigan Medicine Mcard.  It will have characters above the black mag stripe (2nd image below circled in red)

 

Old skeleton key image next to your picture on the front side of the Mcard. 
Mcard
This Mcard is ready for new campus smart card building readers

 

Upside down characters above the magnetic strip on the backside of your card
Mcard 
This Mcard is ready for new campus smart card building readers

Where to get your new smart Mcard

Drop by an Mcard office to get a new smart Mcard. No fee when you trade your old Mcard for a new smart Mcard. $20 fee if you do not turn in your current Mcard. New picture taken if your current photo is more than 5 years old.Questions?

  • Contact the building administrator for questions/issues relating to access of a particular building.
  • Contact the Mcard Center 936-2273 for questions relating to cards.
Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Can I have more than one Mcard at a time?

According to the University's Standard Practice Guide 601.13, each member of the University is allowed only one identification card, the Mcard, at a time.  Cardholders are not allowed to have multiple valid Mcards, except in the case of the possession of an Alumni Mcard.  Cardholders cannot reproduce any part of their Mcard for purposes of having/wearing proper identification.

Cardholders who are students and employed at the University have the option to receive an Mcard with the department/organization name on the obverse and the word "Student" above the magnetic stripe on the reverse.  Faculty/staff who have multiple appointments must choose the most pertinent department name to print on the obverse of the Mcard.  A second department name cannot be printed on the Mcard.  If a cardholder has an affiliation change (i.e., staff changes departments), the cardholder must turn in their Mcard to obtain an updated card with their new affiliation.

Expired Mcards are not valid forms of University identification.  An expired Mcard can be taken to an ID Issuing Station for a replacement if there is still an active affiliation in the ID Card database.

All Mcards are property of the University and must be returned to an ID Issuing Station or cardholder's supervisor when cardholder's affiliation with the University has ended.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
When will I get my Mcard?
Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Can I lend my Mcard to someone else?

No, lending Mcards for any purpose is not permitted as per University SPG 601.13.  Should an Mcard be given to someone else for use and the Mcard becomes lost, it is the original cardholder's responsibility to pay for the replacement of the card.  There have been cases where borrowed Mcards were used for fraud and the original cardholders were held responsible.  It's just not a good idea no matter how trivial it may seem.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
Expired Mcard - What do I do?

If you have an expired campus Mcard (not from Michigan Medicine) and are still affiliated with the University, take your expired Mcard to an ID Issuing Station for a replacement.  Expired Mcards are required to be turned in for a new valid Mcard.  A replacement fee will be charged if the expired Mcard is not turned in at the time a new Mcard is produced.

Expired UM Temporary Mcards will require a completed Mcard Request & Change Form (Ann Arbor form link).

Certain new replacement Mcards for contractors, visitors, contracted temps, vendors, etc.) will incur a $4 charge.

At the time a new student, faculty, staff Mcard (5 year expiration) is produced, a new photo of the cardholder will be taken per University policy.

 

Michigan Medicine Expired Mcards

To replace an expired Mcard for a new Michigan Medicine Mcard, the Key & ID office will require your expired Mcard and a Michigan Medicine ID Card Change & Request form completed by your department administration.

Treasurer's Office - Mcard
How can a department get Mcard photos for photo class rosters or seating charts?

Currently, the ability to obtain student Mcard photos for class rosters is available for the Ann Arbor campus instructors and support staff in Faculty Business in Wolverine Access.  The usage of student Mcard photos are governed by the Standard Practice Guide 601.13.  It is possible this functionality will be be expanded to the Dearborn and Flint Campuses in the future. 

For additional information see Mcard Photo Use Policy.

Are you a department/unit looking for Mcard photos for a department photo roster, facebook or other use not listed above?  See the Photo Roster page.

If you are seeking your own Mcard photo, please email your request to

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What are the rules for processing credit refunds for returned merchandise?

A Merchant shall not process a credit transaction without having completed a previous purchase transaction with the same cardholder and the same credit card and paid related fees with such transaction to the Merchant Acquirer (Vantiv).

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
How long does the process take to get my merchant number and my equipment?

It usually takes between 2-3 weeks to get your merchant number and credit card terminal, if applicable.  

Vantiv does have a expediting merchant account opening of about a one week for a $100 fee.  Contact merchantservices@umich.edu for additional info.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
As a Merchant, what should I do if I suspect that my credit card operation has experienced a breach?

FIRST:  Notify merchantservices@umich.edu immediately and provide full details of the situation.  The Treasurer's Office will respond with any further steps required.

 

Also as reference the Standard Practice Guide 601.25 outlines the regular incident reporting policy for all University units.  Note: Wait for a response from Treasury.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
If I have problems with my credit card terminal, what should I do?

You should contact the Treasurer’s Office at merchantservices@umich.edu or 734 615-6123 and tell them what problems you are experiencing. Treasury will attempt to assess the problem and if necessary order you a new credit card terminal. There is a reduced charge for replacement terminals ordered through Treasury instead of the Vantiv support center.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
How long do I need to keep my credit card receipts?

A merchant is required to retain legible copies of credit card receipts for up to 18 months in order to satisfy any disputes/chargebacks. These receipts should be kept in a locked file cabinet or safe. After the 18 month period has expired, the credit card receipts should be shredded in order to protect cardholder information (refer to PCI 9.1).

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
How will my revenue and fees be reported?

You will receive a monthly statement from the Merchant Acquirer Bank (Vantiv) detailing your sales and your fees. Also, all Merchants are set up with an automatic feed into the University’s General Ledger. Merchant sales and fees will be posted to the chartfields that were provided on the Merchant Registration Form and will appear on your University Statement of Activity.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What is the required retention period for other University business and financial documents (excluding credit card receipts)?

Please refer to SPG 604.01 as the required retention period is dependent upon the source of funds supporting the activity (e.g. sponsored programs retention period is different from non-sponsored programs).

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What if there is a discrepancy on my Statement of Activity?

Merchants will need to contact Shared Services Center - SOA Reconciliation at 734-615-2000 #3 or SOAReconciliation@umich.edu for assistance.

 

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
Why are internal controls important and where can I find more information about them?

Internal controls provide important benefits to your department and to the University as a whole by improving the quality of accounting information, and it reduces the possibility of mismanagement, error and fraud. Segregation of duties is the cornerstone of internal control. It is a coordinated system of checks and balances in which tasks necessary to complete a transaction either are performed by different individuals, two or more individuals working in tandem, or the tasks are independently reviewed. No one individual should control all aspects of processing a credit card transaction or refund (i.e., reviewing daily batches, reconciling the Statement of Activity and Monthly Merchant Statement from Vantiv).

For further information on internal controls, please see:

SPG 500.1 Fiscal Responsibilities 

U-M Internal Controls Department

University Audits

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What if I want to change my chartfields for either sales or fees?

You need to complete a Change/Termination Form and submit it to the Treasurer’s Office.  Before we process a change, Treasury is obligated to seek approval from the UM Shared Services Center.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
Do I have to batch out my merchant terminal every day?

Yes, you must complete batch processing of all sales receipts at the end of each business day. 

In some cases processing credit cards online or through software, batching is automatically done.  However, one must verify sales receipts each business day.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
I have new or terminating staff. How do I authorize or remove merchant user authorization?

The merchant contact should have the MPathways FINPROD access to update merchant authorized users.

 

Please see pages 3 & 4 of the link below for further details on how to make changes to authorized users.

https://maislinc.umich.edu/mais/html/GL_CR_Deposit_Merchant.html

The Treasurer's Office no longer requires to be notified of these authorized user changes.

 

Note: If your department/unit also processes deposits (with deposit tickets), these authorized users may also need to be updated in MPathways  FINPROD.  See page 1 & 2 of the above linked document.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What is a Chargeback?

If a customer disputes a credit card sales transaction within 18 months with the credit card issuer, the Merchant will receive paperwork requiring them to respond within a specific period of time.  If a chargeback is awarded to the card holder, the merchant will be debited for the credit card transaction amount.

 

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
How do I change a merchant contact?

Complete the Change/Termination form, including the 9 digit Merchant Number and physical signature, and either email (preferred method), fax, or mail the form through campus mail.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What do I do if I get a Chargeback notice from one of the Credit Card Associations?

You must respond within the timeframe specified on the notification with proof of cardholder authorization for that transaction. Otherwise, the customer will be issued a credit on their card and you will be debited the disputed amount.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What are the first steps in becoming a Credit Card Merchant?

If accepting credit cards in person, the first steps are to complete the Merchant Services Policy document and the Merchant Registration Form and forward them via campus email, mail, fax, or :

Treasurer's Office 10090 Wolverine Tower 3003 S State St Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1283

734 763-2201

merchantservices@umich.edu

 

Departments/units who wish to accept credit cards through their University Web site or computer software must first schedule a meeting with Matt Deseck (734 615-2103) or Dave Doyle (734 647-7440) in the Treasurer’s Office.  If appropriate, the unit would then complete this Merchant Internet Registration Form instead of the regular Merchant Registration Form.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
Can a person process a sales transaction and a credit for that transaction (e.g. returned merchandise or service cancellation)?

No, the person who processes the sale cannot process the return. The merchant must designate an individual in section 7 of the Merchant services Policy document to authorize credit refunds. Supervisory approval of all credit refunds is required. A common form of fraud is for an employee to process credits to their own personal credit card(s).

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
Do I have to do anything different to process Web based transactions (e-commerce)?

Yes, you need to schedule a meeting by sending an email to merchantservices@umich.edu in the Treasurer’s Office first before completing any Merchant Registration forms. The Treasurer’s Office needs to verify that the third party gateway provider that you selected for Web based transactions is PCI compliant and is compatible with U-M's processor.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
Should a Merchant provide a cash refund for returned merchandise that was originally purchased with a credit card?

No. The card associations do not normally permit cash refunds for any credit card transactions. The only exception to this rule is if the purchase was made with a prepaid card (e.g. Visa or Mastercard gift card) and the cardholder is returning items, but has discarded this card, you may give a cash refund, have a check issued through U-M Accounts Payable or in-store credit.

Treasurer's Office - Merchant Services
What do you mean by PCI compliant?

Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover collaborated to create common industry security requirements that each Merchant must comply with.  These requirements are referred to in the Payment Card Industry as the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).  The standard applies to all payment methods, including retail (brick and mortar), mail/telephone order, and e-commerce. 

And, the standard is also applicable to non-university entities that are using the University systems to process transactions.  The PCI Data Security Standard offers a single approach to safeguarding sensitive data for all card brands (including American Express, Discover and JCB). 

All U-M merchants must abid by the PCI DSS compliance which includes annually completing the MyLINC TME102 Merchant Certification and PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) on the TrustKeeper website.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
I need to send a payment to a foreign country in a foreign currency, is that possible?

Yes, complete the wire transfer form and indicate that it is foreign payment, the foreign currency required and the SWIFT for the beneficiary bank.  See Electronic Vendor Payment step-by-step procedure

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
How do I send a wire payment to a vendor?
Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
How soon will the wire be sent?

In most cases, approved wires will be sent within 10 business days.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
What is the difference between a wire and an ACH?

A wire is a real-time method of transferring immediate funds and supporting information between two financial institutions and is relatively expensive to use. An ACH is similar to a wire transfer only it uses a batch-process. Transactions received by the bank are processed in batches and funds are not available in the beneficiary account until the next business day. ACH transfers are less expensive than wire transfers.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
What is an ABA or a Transit Routing Number?

This 9-digit number is used by the banking system to route a check or electronic payment to the drawee or beneficiary bank.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
What is a SWIFT code?

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (S.W.I.F.T) is the major international interbank telecommunications network that transmits international payment instructions. A SWIFT code identifies a specific financial institution within the SWIFT network.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
I have someone who will send electronic funds to the University, what do I do?

The following information will be needed to ensure proper recording of your deposit, which is done by Shared Services Center - Accounts Receivable: * Chartfield(s) to which the funds should be applied; * Amount of funds being sent; * Estimated date of funds transfer; * Sender’s name and any other pertinent information that may help us route the funds to the appropriate destination, such as student ID, vendor ID, etc. The bank account that will receive the wire transfer is dependent upon the type of transaction being deposited. Please contact the Treasurer’s Office for further direction on the details necessary to complete the transfer.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Funds Movement
I need to open a new bank account, what do I do?

A valid business reason is needed to open any new account. Contact the Treasurer’s Office at 734 763-1299 or Treasury@umich.edu.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
When are payment cycles run and how are checks disbursed?

Check and ACH payment cycles are run on a daily basis, with the exception of University of Michigan holidays and Federal Reserve Bank holidays. Checkwriting is also closed for the winter season days, which usually run from December 26th through the 31st. Checks are sent out in the U.S. mail the day they are written and ACH payment files are also submitted to JP Morgan Chase Bank daily. ACH payments may take an additional day to appear in a bank account.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
Who do I call to see if a check has been issued?

Contact Accounts Payable Customer Service Desk in the Shared Services Center (734) 615-2000.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
Are payments to foreign countries sent airmail?

Yes, checks going to foreign countries are sent out airmail. Checks to Canada and Mexico are metered at the correct postal rate for these countries.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
Can I pick my check up directly from Checkwriting and not have to wait for it to be mailed?

No, the only official distribution used for checks is the U.S. Postal Service.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
How long does it take for the Post Office to deliver a check?

We have no affiliation with the U.S. Post Office and do not know what their work schedule or workload might be at any given time.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
I can’t wait for a voucher to go through the system. Can I have a check manually typed for me on demand?

No, vendor checks must be processed with the available Accounts Payable internal controls.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
How do I get a supplier number created or supplier information changed?

Supplier Maintenance takes care of all supplier related needs and issues.  Any questions related to vouchers, their creation or payment, as well as supplier information and numbers should be directed to Accounts Payable, the Accounts Payable Customer Service Desk in the Shared Services Center (734) 615-2000.

Treasurer's Office - Treasury Services - Vendor Check Writing
How long does it take for a P.O./Non P.O. voucher to go through the system and be paid?

The Checkwriting area in the Treasurer's Office has no control or part in the processing of either type of voucher. Any questions related to vouchers, their creation or payment, as well as supplier information and numbers should be directed to Accounts Payable, the Accounts Payable Customer Service Desk in the Shared Services Center (734) 615-2000.