Contact, Location and Hours
115 Milbank Hall
Forms and Procedures
- Petty Cash Advance
- Petty Cash Reimbursement
- Budget Transfer Request Form (May 2019)
- Correction & Interdepartmental Transfer Request Form (January 2019)
- Travel Advance
- Travel & Expense Report - Domestic
- Travel & Expense Report - International
- Check Request
- W-9 (Request for Taxpayer ID Number)
- Direct Deposit Agreement
For purchases for goods and services (including non-travel-related, out-of-pocket College expenses) over $500, please refer to the Purchasing Procedures. For purchases under $500, please follow the procedures for the Check Request forms below.
Check Request Form Procedures
In order for a Check Request form to be processed by Accounts Payable, the following documentation must be submitted to Accounts Payable:
- Completed and approved Check Request form (instructions are printed on the form).
- Actual invoice or receipt (detailed, showing all items purchased, rather than the credit card receipt) for expenditure.
- The actual invoice or receipt must provide a detailed description of the purchase. Copies of receipts, receipts for credit card transactions, or actual credit card statements will not be accepted in the normal course. In the rare case that an actual receipt is not available, a copy of the receipt or credit card statement will be accepted under the condition that the employee sign a statement attesting that no actual receipt is available and that a duplicate charge will not be submitted. Employees who repeatedly avail themselves of the receipt alternative may have this privilege revoked.
- Description of the business purpose of the expenditure.
Authorization of Check Request Form
All Check Request forms must be signed by an authorized employee, generally the budget officer for the department. For out-of-pocket expense reimbursements, the employee's supervisor must approve the Check Request form. For Department Heads, Vice Presidents and the President, the Vice President for Finance must review the Check Request form. Any issues or concerns regarding these expenses will be discussed with the Chief Operating Officer (or with the President with regards to the expenses of the Chief Operating Officer).
- When reimbursing outside consultants for services or a guest lecturer, the tax address and either the Social Security number or EIN of the payee must be included.
- All payments to Barnard College employees (including Barnard student employees) for stipends, honoraria, or extra services to other departments must be paid through Payroll.
Please use your legal name on a check request. Please do not use nicknames.
Digital signatures are not allowed on any check requests, advance requests, or expense reports. We require original signatures.
Please note Barnard College is tax exempt; therefore, sales tax paid on goods and services (restaurant meals are an exception) in New York State should never be included in amounts to be paid or reimbursed. However, if a member of the Barnard community purchases items outside of New York State and is charged sales tax, the College will reimburse for those taxes paid. Tax exempt forms may be obtained from myBarnard under the myFinance tab or requested from either the Purchasing or Accounts Payable departments via email before purchases are made.
Check Request forms should be submitted on a timely basis to Accounts Payable for processing. Requests for checks are normally processed within 10 business days of receipt.
All requests for payment of or reimbursement of expenses must be submitted to the Finance & Operations office within the fiscal year the expense was incurred (e.g., expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, or Fiscal Year 2020, must be submitted to Finance by the end-of-fiscal year deadline, July 5, 2020).
To request a travel advance, submit a Travel Advance Request Form to the Finance & Operations Office. If you do not use the entire advance, please submit the remainder of the funds (either in cash or a check made payable to Barnard College), along with your expense report, to Finance & Operations, 115 Milbank Hall.
If you include receipts which only require partial reimbursement, please give a detailed explanation as to why.
Please see Barnard College Expenditure Policy for acceptable travel expenses.
Fill out a Travel & Expense Report Domestic Form*. Please do not neglect to fill in the field titled Overall Business Purpose and include documentation stating the College-related purpose of the trip (e.g., an email confirming conference registration, a flyer with conference information).
Please include all receipts for tolls, airfare (if applicable), mass transit, parking, baggage fees, lodging (if applicable; please include the itemized hotel receipt/guest folio), meals consumed, and gas. If you used EZ-Pass, please provide a printout from your EZ-Pass statement.
For meals consumed, please submit the itemized restaurant receipt (the receipt showing the food, drinks, and prices of each). If the meal was paid for with a credit or debit card, please also submit the credit card receipt if tip was paid and you would like to be reimbursed for it. Please note we do not accept credit card receipts in lieu of the restaurant receipt without an explanation as to why the restaurant receipt is not available.
For mileage reimbursement, please provide a printout from MapQuest, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, etc. explaining how far you drove. Current mileage rates are set by the IRS. The 2019 mileage reimbursement rate is 58 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from the 2018 rate of 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven.
*You may also submit your request for travel reimbursement on a Check Request Form if you are requesting reimbursement for nine or fewer expenses.
Please note the College does not reimburse for gas if one requests reimbursement for mileage. Fuel purchased for private vehicle usage is included in the Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate.
Fill out a Travel & Expense Report International Form. Please do not neglect to fill in the field titled Overall Business Purpose and include documentation stating the College-related purpose of the trip (e.g., an email confirming conference registration, a flyer with conference information).
Please include all receipts for airfare, baggage fees, mass transit/taxis, lodging (please include the itemized hotel receipt/guest folio), and meals consumed (include tolls, parking, and gas if applicable).
Barnard will only reimburse in U.S. dollars, regardless of the currency your expenses were paid in.
For cash purchases, please use the rate of exchange for the date of purchase, not what the current rate is at the time of reimbursement. We recommend Oanda.com's currency converter. Please provide documentation as to where you found your rate of exchange (e.g., website, bank, currency exchange, etc.).
For credit card purchases, please use the rate of exchange as calculated by your bank/credit card company; you do not need to use the foreign currency worksheet included in the international travel and expense report to calculate the rate of exchange. Please include the original receipts as well as the pertinent pages from your bank/credit card statement showing the charges in USD and note those amounts on the first page of your travel and expense report.
If requesting reimbursement for a financial institution charge for using foreign currency, please provide documentation of this charge (bank or credit card statement).
All requests for reimbursement of expenses must be submitted to the Finance & Operations office within the fiscal year the expense was incurred (e.g., expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, or Fiscal Year 2020, must be submitted to Finance by the end-of-fiscal year deadline, July 5, 2020).
If you have any questions, please contact the Finance & Operations office at 212-854-2010.
Policies on Using a Petty Cash Fund
Certain departments are authorized to use a Petty Cash fund for making small disbursements. Policies on the use of petty cash funds are as follows:
- The department should maintain the fund in a locked petty cash box, which should be kept in a locked cabinet, desk or closet.
- The following items should not be paid from the petty cash fund:
- Equipment purchase
- Service payments (e.g., wages, consulting fees)
- Registration fees & dues
- A petty cash fund should not be used to cash checks.
- One person from a department should be designated as the petty cash fund custodian, and cannot draw from the fund without the Department Head's approval.
- If the employee who established the Petty Cash Fund leaves the college or changes departments, the Petty Cash account must be closed out and a new one opened.
Petty Cash Fund
To establish a new petty cash fund, a Request for Petty Cash Advance is submitted to the Finance Office (115 Milbank Hall) for approval.
Petty Cash Reimbursement
To reimburse the fund, a Petty Cash Reimbursement Request is prepared for the amount of petty cash spent. The form is then submitted to Accounts Payable (115 Milbank Hall) with the actual receipts.
Please note Barnard College is tax exempt; therefore, sales tax paid on goods and services (restaurant meals are an exception) in New York State should never be included in amounts to be reimbursed. However, if a member of the Barnard community purchases items outside of New York State and is charged sales tax, the College will reimburse for those taxes paid. Tax exempt forms may be obtained from myBarnard under the myFinance tab or requested from either the Purchasing or Accounts Payable departments via email before purchases are made.