Division of Business & Financial Affairs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Accounts Payable

Auxiliary Services

Budget Office

Bursar’s Office

Central Stores

Comptroller's Office

Grants & Contracts

Help Desk (Front Office)

Payroll

Purchasing

Purchasing Card

 

Accounts Payable Questions:

Where is the Accounts Payable Office located?

Where can I pick up my reimbursement or vendor payment check?

What are the cut off days and times for check requests?

Who is authorized to sign an invoice for payment?

How do I pay an individual who is a non-U.S. resident?

Do payments to certain vendors require the attachment of a signed contract agreement?

Who can answer my questions about travel reimbursement?

What are the per diem rates for travel (what are our travel regulations)?

How can I find out the status of my reimbursement?

What should I do if I receive an original invoice or credit memo in my department?

Where can I find the forms I need for travel reimbursement?

Can any of my travel expenses be pre-paid?

What is the per diem amount for my destination and how do I apply it?

Are meal receipts required for reimbursement?

What is the University's policy on paying membership dues?

What are the Current Mileage Reimbursement Rates?

 

Answers:

 

Where is the Accounts Payable Office located? The Accounts payable office is located in the Hill Hall Building in Office 220.

Where can I pick up my reimbursement or vendor payment check? Reimbursement checks or vendor payment checks can be picked up from the Help Desk (Front Office) in the Office of Business & Financial Affairs. When preparing your check requisition be sure to identify the method of distribution on the request. Typically, request for payments of invoices are mailed to the remit to location on the requisition. NOTE: We can remit reimbursement and/or payment via EFT (electronic funds transfer), the preferred option.

 

What are the cut off days and times for submitting pick up checks? The Accounts Payable process takes between 7 to 10 business days from the point of receipt in our office (Business & Financial Affairs). This applies (7-10 business days) only to documents received in processing form (i.e. all receipts/invoices/contracts attached, all signatures are present, etc ) Keep in mind that AP checks are processed on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and the audit of printed checks can take 1-2 business days to process.

 

Who is authorized to sign an invoice for payment? For non-Agency fund purchases, typically requisitions require your signature (requestor), the signature (approval) of your immediate supervisor, and, if he or she is not the Budget Unit Head for the account to be charged, a signature is required from the Budget Unit Head. Requisitions for Title III (grants with a ‘1’ prefix) must route to the Title III Office for an additional approval level. Requisitions for Agency fund purchases require the signatures specified on the agency fund agreement on file in the Office of Business & Financial Affairs.

 

How do I pay an individual who is a non-U.S. resident? Payments to non-U.S. residents require either a Federal Identification Number (Tax ID) or a social security number. Anyone doing business in the Unites States should have an identification number issued to them by the government. THIS IS REQUIRED! The paperwork process is the same as with any other request for payment. Typically, however, the payment will be wired from our bank directly to the vendor/persons. Thus, additional information (such as bank, routing, wire number, etc ) may be required. NOTE: Requirements may vary dependent upon the situation.

 

Do payments to certain vendors require the attachment of a signed contract agreement? Request for payments to consultants performing services, or contracted companies performing services required a contract/agreement attached. The contract/agreement should be completed prior to the services being rendered and must be reviewed by legal counsel for the University.

 

Who can answer my questions about travel reimbursement? Contact the Accounts Payable unit through the Business & Financial Affairs Help Desk at (912) 358-4050.

 

What are the per diem rates for travel (what are our travel regulations)? Per Diem rates can be found at www.gsa.gov by following the Per Diem link for locations outside of Georgia. For locations within the State of Georgia, Savannah State University follows the travel guidelines set by the State of Georgia Department of Audits. Travel policies, procedures and regulations can be located on the Web at: http://sao.georgia.gov . It is possible the Board of Regents(BOR) travel regulations may be more restrictive than those of the State. Please review BOR travel regulations at: http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/bpm_acct/bpm-sect04.pdf Please Note: The meal allowance for travel in the State of Georgia is $28.00 except in certain areas deemed as high cost. These areas are identified in the State travel regulations.

   

What should I do if I receive an original invoice or credit memo in my department?  All invoices should be mailed to our Accounts Payable office, at the following address:

Savannah State University

Attn:  Accounts Payable

3219 College Street

Box 20419

Savannah, Georgia 31404

In the event that a department receives an original invoice by mistake, the department needs to IMMEDIATELY forward to Accounts Payable in the Office of Business & Financial Affairs.

 

Where can I find the forms I need for travel reimbursement? All Business forms can be found on the Business & Financial Affairs website at www.savannahstate.edu/fiscal-affairs/Comptroller-forms.shtml .

  

Can any of my travel expenses be pre-paid? Airfare, registration fees, and even lodging can be pre-paid by one of the following methods:

  • Pay the expenses using a personal credit card, and submit a request for reimbursement using any invoices as documentation. Be sure to submit a Request for Authority to Travel form, as failure to do so will result in a delay in processing your reimbursement.
  • Submit a request with invoices from a travel agency or the registration center as documentation. Again, be sure to submit a Request for Authority to Travel form.
  • For pre-payment of lodging, a fax from the hotel can be used as documentation for an the request. The fax must include the daily rate plus any applicable taxes. The check should be hand carried by the employee and presented at check-in.
  • Note: If options 2 or 3, from above, is selected as a means for prepayment of travel expenses, you must obtain a federal identification number of the agency, hotel, and/or airline (or other vendor for the expense). Failure to do so will result in a delay of payment.

Are meal receipts required for reimbursement (related to University Travel)? No, but it is important to note that any expenses that exceed the per diem allowance must be explained (i.e. a banquet that is an integral part of the conference or meeting) and might not be reimbursed. Additionally, high-level administrative approval will also be required, thus, delaying the processing of the reimbursement (and, still might not be reimbursed).

 

What is the University's policy on paying membership dues? Please note that it is University policy to pay only for institutional membership dues. This policy is based on the Attorney General Opinion 68-110. There are some possible exceptions, and include:

  • Transferable individual memberships

  • Memberships that are required as a condition of employment

  • Memberships that are required for accreditation of a department or program

  • The membership fee plus a registration fee to an organization's conference is less than the nonmember registration

  • The membership results in a discount on beneficial publications that is greater than the cost of the membership

Please look at these exceptions before submitting a request for payment of dues or reimbursement for such a payment. If the membership does not fall within the allowable parameters, consider it a personal expense and do not request payment or reimbursement.

 

When will the 1099’s be mailed? 1099’s are mailed on January 31st, or the closest date preceding the 31st when the 31st falls on a Sunday.

 

What are the Current Mileage Reimbursement Rates? Refer to University Travel page.

 

 

Auxiliary Services Questions:

 

What is “Auxiliary Services”?

What types of articles are available for purchase in the bookstore?

How can I send a package to my resident student?

Why are resident students required to have a meal plan?

What types of foods are served in the dining hall?

How does the pre-paid laundry service work?

 

Answers:

 

What is “Auxiliary Services”? Good question! Auxiliary Services (also sometimes called Auxiliary Enterprises) is one of the areas of the university that provides non-academic services to students. Some of the services managed by our Auxiliary Services department at SSU include dining, vending, laundry, bookstore, mail services, and photocopy services. Most of these services are required by the State of Georgia to be self-funded, so are not supported by tax dollars.

 

What types of articles are available for purchase in the bookstore? In addition to textbooks and school supplies, students can find a variety of SSU logo clothing and specialty items. There are also many products that will make their lives easier in their student living spaces, such as paper products, laundry detergent, and personal items.

 

How can I send a package to my resident student? All resident students receive a Post Office mail box on campus. Although you may use any carrier service, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages to the Post Office on campus, and a note will be placed in your student’s mailbox. Please address your package to:

Student’s name

Student’s box number (not room number)

Savannah State University

3219 College Street

Savannah, GA 31404

 

Why are resident students required to have a meal plan? In order to assure that SSU can attract a business partner to provide dining services at a reasonable cost, it is important that as many students as possible be on a meal plan. In addition, our policy to require freshman students to be on the full meal plan is a way to alleviate any worry that parents may have about their student not being able to eat three healthy meals a day.

 

What types of foods are served in the dining hall? In our all-you-can-eat dining facility, students may choose from among two meat entrees, a vegetarian entr e, extensive salad bar, deli bar, grill special, pizza, and dessert. There are unlimited seconds for those who are really hungry! A meal equivalency amount is available for food purchases at the Tiger Caf or Howard Jordan Kiosk.

 

How does the pre-paid laundry service work? All resident students at Savannah State University pay $30 per semester for laundry service. The washers and dryers are set to work without coins. It’s that easy!

 

Budget Office Questions:

 

What is the Budget Office responsible for?

How do I make an amendment to my budget?

How do I find out what my budget is and/or what is remaining in my budget for purchases?

What can’t I purchase using state appropriated funds?

When will I receive my budget status report in the mail?

How do I find out what my department's budget chart field string is?

 

Answers:

 

What is the Budget Office responsible for? This office is responsible for 1) coordinating the budget development process; 2) preparing all budget development documents; 3) projecting revenue levels; 4) implementing the final July 1 budget; and 5) monitoring actual FTE, revenues, and expenditures throughout the year.

How do I make an amendment to my budget? Notify the Budget Office of any changes that need to be made to your budget. Of course, the Budget Office will advise budget unit heads regarding the changes that are allowed or that can be made, the timing, and other requirements and/or prerequisites.

 

How do I find out what my budget is and/or what is remaining in my budget for purchases? Budget Progress Reports are mailed to each budget unit head monthly showing the budgeted amount for the different budget categories, the encumbered amount, the expended amount, and the remaining balance. Should this information be required at any point throughout the month, budget unit heads should contact the Budget Office.

 

What can’t I purchase using state appropriated funds? The Department of Georgia Audits enforces the prohibition on paying for food and gifts from state funds. Flowers, decorations, and a gift for the speaker are allowable from state funds. Food for faculty, students and guests can not agency funds should be used to pay for such expenses. Faculty/Staff Honor and Retirement Programs are not allowable by the opinion of the state auditors. Expenses for job applicants are allowable. For further information contact the Budget Office or the Purchasing Office.

 

When will I receive my budget status report in the mail? Budget statements should be received through university mail by all budget unit heads by the 15th business day of each month.

 

How do I find out what my department's budget chart field string is? The University Budget Office prints the budget progress report each month and mails it to budget unit heads and this reports contains the department’s chart field string. Also, a department could obtain this information by accessing the Speedtype/Speedchart report online by clicking here .

 

Bursar’s Office Questions:

 

What is a Bursar? Where is the Bursar’s Office?

What are my payment options?

When will I receive my financial aid refund?

How will I receive my financial aid refund?

When will I receive my 1098?

What is a Federal Perkins Loan?

Answers:

 

What is a Bursar? Where is the Bursar’s Office? The Bursar is the financial and administrative manager for student account related activities. The Bursar’s Office is the university office responsible for student tuition, fees, and bill paying. The Bursar’s Office is located on the first floor of the Hill Hall Building.

 

What are my payment options? You can make payments at the Cashier’s window using cash, personal checks (which are electronically processed and converted to an EFT), cashier’s checks, money orders, and credit cards. We accept the following major credit cards Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Payments over the phone can be made using these credit cards as well. All payment options are, also, available online except, of course, cash payments, and money orders.

 

How is my financial aid disbursed and when will I receive my financial aid refund? In general, financial aid, whether it is loans, grants, the Hope Scholarship or other scholarships, is first applied to your unpaid student account balance. Scholarships and grants are posted completely in the first disbursement. However, federal student loans are disbursed in two separate disbursements. For example, student Steve has $4000 in charges, $2000 in Pell Grant, $500 in scholarships, and $3500 in student loans. Steve’s financial aid will be disbursed as follows: Charges: $4000 Less: Pell -2000 Scholarship -500 Loans -1750 Account Balance -$250.00 Steve will receive a $250 refund during the first disbursement, and will receive the remaining portion of his aid during the second disbursement. If a student’s aid does not satisfy the total charges on the student’s account, the student is responsible for paying whatever balance is remaining. Any overpayment of your charges will be refunded to the student. Refunds will be processed within fourteen days of the funds being disbursed to the University. Please note, in addition to the fore-mentioned, financial aid refunds will be available only after your attendance has been verified by your instructor’s in at least 6 (six) credit hours.

 

How will I receive my financial aid refund? Refunds are distributed by a third-party vendor Higherone. All Savannah State University student’s are responsible for obtaining a Savannah State oneCard from Higherone (www.savannahstateone.com). Refunds are released to Higherone and distributed to the student based on the student’s specified refund preference easy refund (deposit into a free Higherone checking account accessible using your Savannah State oneCard), deposit into another bank account, or a paper check mailed to desired address.

 

When will I receive my 1098? 1098’s, needed during tax season, will be mailed by January 31st to the address on file.

 

What is a Federal Perkins Loan? The Federal Perkins Loan is a federal loan administered by the Financial Aid Office and maintained by Campus Partners who is our Loan Servicer.

 

Central Stores Questions:

 

Where can I store office equipment items and/or documentation I no longer need/use?

What role does Central Stores play in outbound shipments?

What do I do when I need to transfer equipment to another department?

A vendor shipped my order directly to my department and not to Central Stores as instructed by the Purchase Order, what should I do?

What do I need to do when I need to use SSU equipment off-campus?

If I maintain my own department equipment inventory records, do I still have to report to the inventory to Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services?

When is physical inventory done?

Why is tracking equipment and conducting physical inventory necessary?

Answers:

 

Where can I store office equipment items and/or documentation I no longer need/use? Central Receiving will hold limited quantities of equipment received only when it is not possible for the requesting department to accept receipt and only for very limited, short periods of time. Departments should exercise due care when working with the Purchasing Section to establish delivery dates for incoming materials and should contact Central Receiving in advance when storage needs are known. This is for storage pending receipt by department and neither short nor long term storage.

 

When will Central Receiving deliver my order? Delivery Timeframes: Every effort will be made to deliver your materials within 24 hours of receipt. Occasionally items are beyond the capacity of our delivery resources and delivery may be delayed. Additionally, during certain “peak periods” deliveries may take longer. For partial or complete orders received by Central Receiving and delivered to the department, a copy of the Receipt report will accompany deliveries and a signature obtained from the department acknowledging receipt.

What role does Central Stores play in outbound shipments? Central Receiving will assist departments in the outbound shipment of materials. They must be used when shipping out tagged assets. These outbound shipments may include materials returned to vendors, equipment returned for repair, shipped to other schools, return of loaned equipment/material and the like. Tagged equipment being returned to a vendor for repair or other modifications must be shipped through Central Receiving. This shipment shall be done on a “Shipping Form.” Central Receiving will advise the vendor that return shipment shall be made to Central Receiving who will then arrange to have the item returned to the department. Central Receiving will ensure that the integrity of the asset management database is maintained ensuring proper tagging or, in the case of replacement equipment, that proper transfer and acquisition documentation is prepared.

 

What do I do when I need to transfer equipment to another department? The property transfer form should be completed and submitted to central stores when transferring equipment to another department on campus. For Equipment purchased with Title III funds, also contact the Title III office to ensure additional compliance for transferring grant funded equipment items. For equipment purchased using other types of grant funding, also contact the Grants & Contract office to ensure additional compliance as well.

 

A vendor shipped my order directly to my department and not to Central Stores as instructed by the Purchase Order, what should I do? NOTE: Vendors are expected to follow delivery instructions furnished on the Purchase Order. Departments must refrain from advising vendors to change delivery locations. In some cases material will be consigned for delivery directly to the department. In these cases the department will perform those functions normally provided by Central Receiving. Before signing for materials, departments should inspect the items for proper quantity, proper item and physical condition. Action should be taken as follows:

  • Count is incorrect and/or, Item is incorrect, No apparent damage:

  • Record the discrepancy on the delivery document (bill of lading) i.e. “short one piece” etc.

  • Have the delivery person sign acknowledgement of the statement

  • Make two copies one for your file and forward one to Purchasing

  • Sign the delivery document accepting delivery.

  • Count is correct, Item is correct, Damage is apparent

  • Record the discrepancy on the delivery document and inspect the damaged pieces (if time permits).

  • Have delivery person sign acknowledgement of the statement.

  • Make two copies one for your records and forward one to Central Receiving

  • Sign the delivery document accepting delivery.

  • After the delivery person leaves.

  • Compare the contents to the packing slip

     

What do I need to do when I need to use SSU equipment off-campus? As a general policy, University property should not be removed from University premises. On rare and infrequent occasions, a piece of University equipment may be needed for use at a non- University location. Should there be a compelling and urgent need for University equipment to be removed from the University premises; permission for such removal should be obtained from the appropriate Dean or Executive Officer using the Off-Campus Use of University Assets/Equipment Release Form (see Business & Financial Affairs Forms page). In addition, all equipment should be accounted for on the University's inventory records before it is allowed off the campus. If an item is new and has not yet been recorded, the Office of Property Management should be contacted to add the item to the University's inventory system and the department's list of accountable assets prior to removal. Please be aware that the University does not have an all inclusive theft/loss policy on equipment used off campus. The user is responsible for equipment in their care and may want to review their home owner's or renter's insurance policy to make sure they are adequately protected.

 

If I maintain my own department equipment inventory records, do I still have to report to the inventory to Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services? Yes. According to federal guidelines and university policy, the Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services is responsible for maintaining and tracking all equipment (over $5,000) for Savannah State University. Departments that wish to maintain and track their own equipment may do so. However, the official source of equipment information resides in the Inventory Department.

 

When is physical inventory done? At the end of each fiscal year the Inventory Department distributes a list of in-use (active) equipment and an Annual Equipment Inventory Certification form to every department with responsibility for items meeting the definition of equipment. The Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services department, in conjunction with General Accounting, conducts an actual physical inventory for departments on a yearly basis. This process allows half of the university departments (plus most off-campus departments) to verify inventory, make appropriate corrections with corresponding documentation, complete the form and return the information to the Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services department by a specified date. The Property Management/Central Stores/Logistical Services department conducts a physical inventory for the remaining departments.

Once the physical inventory has been performed (either by Inventory or the department) and the list of equipment has been verified, the department chairperson, director, or authorized representative must sign the form to certify completion of the validation. The validated list of equipment along with the signed form must be forwarded to the Central Stores. The Central Stores will use the validated list of equipment to update the records in the equipment inventory system. Internal Audit will verify the accuracy of each department's certifications while conducting its departmental audits.

 

Why is tracking equipment and conducting physical inventory necessary? As a public institution, the university has the fiduciary responsibility of maintaining proper control over all of its equipment, regardless of the location or purpose. Additionally, failure to accurately account for equipment could preclude the university as a whole from applying for federal grants and contracts, as the equipment inventory records are subject to federal and other external audits.

 

Comptroller's Office Questions:

 

How do I place a stop payment?

Is there a way to transfer an expense from one budget or account to another?

 

Answers:

 

How do I place a stop payment? To place a stop payment on a vendor check, please contact General Accounting in the Comptroller’s Unit at (912) 358-4050 for further instructions.

 

Is there a way to transfer an expense from one budget or account to another? If a data entry error is discovered, or the decision is made to pay an expense from a budget or account other than the one originally requested, please notify General Accounting.

 

Grants & Contracts Questions:

 

What happens when a contract or grant requires that items below the equipment capitalization threshold be tracked and labeled?

What should be done if government owned/loaned equipment is stolen?

How do I transfer government owned/loaned equipment to another department?

 

Answers:

 

What happens when a contract or grant requires that items below the equipment capitalization threshold be tracked and labeled? Departments that accept a contract or grant that requires them to track and label items that are not considered equipment, as defined by the university, are responsible for tracking and labeling the items. Un-serialized property labels should be created and maintained by the departments for such items. Central Stores is not responsible for tracking items that do not meet the university's definition of equipment.

 

What should be done if government owned/loaned equipment is stolen? The policy for stolen government equipment is similar to the policy for other equipment. You must immediately contact the Department of Police and Public Safety who will require that you complete a written report describing both the equipment and the circumstances of the theft. A copy of the report must be forwarded to the government property administrator through the Contract and Grant Administration. Departments may be liable for government property that is stolen.

 

How do I transfer government owned/loaned equipment to another department? Government owned/loaned equipment must be used for the purposes specified in the contract. Before government owned/loaned equipment can be transferred to another department, approval from the Contract and Grant Administration and the property administrator must be obtained.

 

Help Desk (Front Office) Questions:

 

Where is the Office of Business & Financial Affairs located?

What are your hours of operation?

 

Answers:

 

Where is the Office of Business & Financial Affairs located? The Division of Business & Financial Affairs is located on the second floor of the Hill Hall Building.

What are your hours of operation? Our hours of operation are 8am to 5pm. Checks are available for pick-up between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm only.

 

Payroll Office Questions:

 

Where is the payroll office?

How do I access my pay stub on-line?

How many banks can I have my checks deposited into?

 

Answers:

 

Where is the payroll office? The payroll office is located inside of the Division of Business & Financial Affairs main office on 2nd Floor of the Hill Hall Building.

 

How do I access my pay stub on-line? Pay statements are available online via www.portal.adp.com. Once you have accessed your employee self service account, click on the money tab, and pay statements in the left vertical menu.

 

How many banks can I have my checks deposited into? Pay checks can be deposited into a maximum of two banks -- A primary and secondary. The secondary can be a dollar amount or a percentage. Should you have a request for additional deposit accounts, please contact the payroll office directly with your request.

 

Procurement Questions:

 

Who are preferred suppliers, and where can I find out more about them?

How can I learn more about our procurement card (pcard) program?

How do I check on the status of a requisition or PO?

What are the bidding thresholds and requirements?

Where can I find Purchasing policies?

If a vendor or company requires written confirmation that our institution is tax exempt, what is the procedure for requesting a "Tax Exempt Form"?

May I use the Visa Card for purchases exceeding $5,000?

If an erroneous charge appears on my monthly statement, how do I reconcile the account summary after I have notified the administrator of the disputed charge? What happens when tax is charged to a purchase?

 

Answers:

 

Who are preferred suppliers, and where can I find out more about them? Visit the website for the Department of Administrative Services at: http://statepurchasing.doas.ga.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,35226973_35332914,00.html for a listing of all state wide contract vendors and items.

 

How can I learn more about our procurement card (pcard) program? Also, visit the website for the Department of Administrative Services at: www.doas.ga.gov .

 

How do I check on the status of a requisition or PO? Contact the Purchasing Office to check on the status of a requisition or PO.

 

What are the bidding thresholds and requirements? All acquisitions or purchases made by the State Purchasing Division or by any other state agency subject to the Purchasing Act (Official Code of Georgia Annotated) are based on competitive bidding whenever possible. Acquisitions or purchases involving expenditures of less than $5,000 may be made without competitive bidding. When practicable, more than one quotation should be obtained even where the expenditure is less than $5,000. Acquisitions or purchases involving expenditures of $5,000 or more, but less than $100,000 will be made by competitive written bids/proposals. Acquisitions or purchases involving expenditures of $100,000 or more will be made by solicitation of competitive sealed bids or proposals.

 

Where can I find Purchasing policies? SSU’s purchasing policies and procedures can be found on the Business Forms page for Business & Financial Affairs. State purchasing policies and procedures can be accessed through the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) website by following this link: http://doas.georgia.gov/

 

If a vendor or company requires written confirmation that our institution is tax exempt, what is the procedure for requesting a "Tax Exempt Form"? If all other avenues fail and the vendor will not accept verbal communication, contact via phone or e-mail Visa Card Administrator with the name of the vendor and fax number, a copy of the form will be faxed to them with notification to you a copy has been provided to the vendor.

 

May I use the Visa Card for purchases exceeding $5,000? No, the limits on the p-card are $5000 per single transaction.

 

If an erroneous charge appears on my monthly statement, how do I reconcile the account summary after I have notified the administrator of the disputed charge? If an incorrect charge appears on your statement and you have contacted the Visa Card Administrator to file a dispute of this charge, please include it in the amount for that month with notification that this is in error. This erroneous amount must be included on the Visa approval form in order to verify the total. A credit will appear on the following month's statement and it will correct the charge from the previous month.

 

What happens when tax is charged to a purchase? If tax is charged to a purchase, the cardholder must contact the vendor and either submit a tax exempt form to obtain a credit or the vendor may credit the tax immediately. Either case the tax must be removed.

 

Purchasing Card Questions:

 

What is a P-Card?

Who can get a procurement card?

How do I get a procurement card? Does the activity on my procurement card affect my credit rating?

What should I do if my card is lost or stolen? Can I give my card to someone else to go out and make purchases?

If I am the cardholder/reviewer, who should be the approver?

When will I receive my P-Card statement?

When is my P-Card Statement due?

Where do I send my P-Card Statement?

What should I include in my statement?

Who audits my statement?

Can I use my P-Card to pay for registration for a conference or workshop?

Is there any time I can charge food to my P-Card?

Can I pay for my individual travel on my procurement card?

My P-Card purchase was declined. What should I do?

What is a restricted item?

How do I change my default account?

What are the transaction limits/monthly limits?

Why can't I split a transaction to avoid the single transaction limit?

What do I do if I make a personal purchase by mistake?

If I am transferring to another department on campus or leaving the University, can I keep my card?

Tips for safeguarding your P-Card

 

Answers:

 

What is a P-Card? The State of Georgia Purchasing Card (P-Card) is a valuable tool for quickly and efficiently purchasing and paying for small value items under $5,000.00. The P-Card is issued through Bank of America to a qualified applicant of the University. Who can get a procurement card? The individual must be a permanent, benefited employee of Savannah State University.

How do I get a procurement card? Completing the P-Card Request Form is the first step in obtaining a P-Card. The form must be approved by the Department Head and/or Business Manager, and submitted via email as a PDF attachment or campus mail to:

Purchasing Office

Attn: Alicia Williams or Pamela Fulwood

Box 20419

Does the activity on my procurement card affect my credit rating? No, your personal credit is not affected in any way by using the SSU procurement card. The university is responsible for all authorized charges.

What should I do if my card is lost or stolen? The cardholder must immediately contact the card issuer (BANK OF AMERICA) if the P-Card has been lost or stolen by calling 1-888-449-2773 and must also notify the P-Card Program Coordinator.

Can I give my card to someone else to go out and make purchases? NO! You must treat this P-Card as you would your own personal card. You can make a purchase on behalf of someone, but you are not to give your card or number to anyone else other than the vendor you are purchasing from to make purchases.

If I am the cardholder/reviewer, who should be the approver? The approver must be at the Budget Authority level or higher, or designated by the Budget Authority. In addition, the approver must be at a higher level within the department than the cardholder/reviewer.

When will I receive my P-Card statement? Cardholders will receive statements from Bank of America by the 5business day of the month.

When is my P-Card Statement due? All paperwork must be received by the Card Administrator no later than 5 p.m. on the last business day of the month. Statements that have been placed in the mail, but not yet received, by Business Services will be considered late and handled accordingly.

 

Where do I send my P-Card Statement? All P-Card statements should be sent by campus mail or hand delivered to: Purchasing Office ATTN: P-Card Program Team.

 

What should I include in my statement? Please refer to the P-Card Check Off List. (See Business Forms on Comptroller’s Website).

 

Who audits my statement? All statements are reviewed by Procurement to assure that Policies & Procedures are being followed.

Can I use my P-Card to pay for registration for a conference or workshop? Yes, the P-Card may be used to pay for conference or workshop registration fees either in town or out of town. However, all other travel expenses for an employee such as food, lodging, parking, etc., may not be charged to the P-Card.

Is there any time I can charge food to my P-Card? State funds cannot be used to purchase food of any kind. Further, P-cards may not be used to make Agency fund purchases. However, food may be purchased if allocated to Grant funds if the contract specifically states that food can be purchased with such funds. For questions related to Grant funds, contact: Myisha Clemons at clemonsm@savannahstate.edu (912) 358-4050.

 

Can I pay for my individual travel on my procurement card? No, employee travel expenses are not allowed on the procurement card. Airline tickets, shuttle, bus, train tickets, hotel/motel room charges and meals are not allowed on the procurement card - these must be paid for personally and will then be reimbursed.

My P-Card purchase was declined. What should I do? E-mail your P-Card Administrator, and we will find out why your purchase is being denied. Oftentimes a charge is declined because the available funds have reached the $10,000 mark even when the available credit on the card is less than $10,000. Available funds are determined by the transactions requiring allocation and sign off. If a transaction has not been signed off, the funds are said to be unavailable. Charges may also be denied because of the Merchant Category Code (MCC), which means the company you are trying to purchase from has categorized themselves under a code that we do not allow. As long as the item is an allowable purchase, and within your transaction limit, this can be resolved within a few minutes.

What is a restricted item? A restricted item is anything that is not allowed on a state wide contract or any thing that has been restricted as a P-Card purchase. please contact Purchasing at: 912 358-4050.

 

How do I change my default account? Each card issued will be assigned a speed-chart number which represents the PeopleSoft account string that will automatically apply to every p-card transaction unless changed during the allocation process. Contact the P-Card Program Coordinator prior to the cycle cutoff to make any additions, deletions, or changes to your speed-chart number.

 

What are the transaction limits/monthly limits? Default limits are $4,999.99 per transaction and $10,000 per month.

Why can't I split a transaction to avoid the single transaction limit? Transaction limits are set by State of Georgia. These purchases, by law, must go through the procurement process and must be bid if over $5,000. Large purchases that are over your transaction limit should be reviewed by your director and a buyer via the requisition process.

What do I do if I make a personal purchase by mistake? You must get a credit on the procurement card as soon as feasibly possible and pay for the item via another means. If this is not possible contact the P-Card Administrator immediately and make arrangements to reimburse the University within three days of the purchase. This is a major violation and can result in employee termination if determined repetitive.

 

If I am transferring to another department on campus or leaving the University, can I keep my card? No. You will need to turn your current card into Purchasing. The card will be canceled. If you are changing departments, you will need to request another card for your new department.

Tips for safeguarding your P-Card:

  • Do not carry your card with you on weekends or vacations.

  • Leave your card in a secure location in your office; only take it out if you need to make a University purchase.

  • Do not write down your card number and let other employees use the number.

  • Only place online orders on secure websites.