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New and Returning Organization Treasurers

As the liaison between your organization and Associated Student Activities (ASA), you have the responsibility of maintaining your organization’s financial records and authorizing club expenditures. Your ability to plan ahead, ask questions, turn in original itemized receipts, and write legibly will enable you to successfully execute the majority of transactions in our office.  

This updated Treasurer’s Guide helps provide treasurers with basic information regarding ASA fiscal policies and procedures. This guide will be a useful tool in managing the financial affairs of your organization.  

Due to the varying complexities of the more than 1,000 recognized student organizations, this guide cannot possibly answer all your questions. For this reason, I highly encourage all treasurers to contact the ASA staff in 240 HUB-Robeson Center or (814) 865-1947. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for University holidays. You can also email your questions to asaoffice@psu.eduWe will be glad to offer any assistance, referrals, or advice that will help you better manage your student organization’s financial needs.

Introduction

What is Associated Student Activities (ASA)

The Office of Associated Student Activities (ASA) is the financial office for all recognized student organizations (RSOs).  ASA’s primary functions are that of a banker, accountant, paymaster, and advisor on financial matters.

ASA is responsible for the custody of the student organizations’ funds and ensures that those funds are used in accordance with the University, ASA, and the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) policies.  In accordance with the Pennsylvania State University’s policy on the financial affairs of recognized student organizations, all recognized student organizations are:

  • Required to affiliate with ASA for their banking and bookkeeping services.  External accounts, including personal bank accounts, are prohibited.
  • Subject to the possibility of an audit to be completed by the Financial Reporting Division of the Corporate Controller’s Office.
  • Required to conduct their financial affairs according to the contents of this Treasurer’s Guide.

Location/Office Hours

240 HUB-Robeson Center
University Park, PA 16802
Office (814) 865-1947
Fax (814) 863-5524
Email: asaofffice@psu.edu 

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (we are closed on University holidays.)

Staff

The ASA office employs four full-time staff and additional student staff. 

We are here to help you.  Please ask questions!

How to Open and ASA Account

Your organization must first be recognized by the Office of Student Activities, located in 103 HUB before you can set up an ASA account for your organization.

As soon as your organization has an active status, the treasurer (who MUST be listed as the treasurer on orgcentral.psu.edu) will need to come into the ASA office to set up the account. You can also set up an account by filling out a Treasurer Card and a New Organization Request Form and emailing it to asaoffice@psu.edu.

Once ASA has received and processed both of these forms, you will be assigned an ASA organization/account number to be used for all club transactions. If you are a new treasurer but already have an ASA account, you will not need to fill out the New Organization Request Form. However, you will still need to update the treasurer information in orgcentral and submit a new Treasurer Card to ASA. 

Types of Funds in Your Account

There are three different types of Fund Sources.

Unrestricted Funds / Fund Source “30”

Every organization has an Unrestricted account at Associated Student Activities (ASA).  This is comprised of money that the organization generates through dues collection, donations, fundraising, equipment sales, etc.  This is the organization’s money to spend as they see fit as long as they spend it in accordance with University guidelines.   

UPAC Allocated Funds / Fund Source “10”

Organizations can request funding from UPAC (University Park Allocation Committee) to be used towards events, travel experiences, equipment, and other items. UPAC allocates a portion of the Student Initiated Fee (SIF) income towards events, travel experiences, equipment, and other items requested by student organizations to enhance the out-of-class experience. Please contact UPAC at (814) 863-8951, 208 HUB-Robeson Center, or go to pennstateupac.org  for more information.

When an organization is allocated funds, UPAC will provide ASA with a copy of the allocation letter which states the line item breakdown of the allocated funds.  In order to be reimbursed for UPAC funds, the organization must submit the appropriate ASA form(s), such as a Check Request, Mileage Request, or 1099 Payment Request. Requests, along with all supporting documentation, may be submitted in person or via asaoffice@psu.edu 

When using UPAC allocated funds, it is very important to select the appropriate fund source (UPAC is Fund Source 10) and object codes (as listed on the UPAC letter) on each ASA form. Funds are to be used exactly as specified in the letter. If a request is submitted that lists items not included on the allocation letter, ASA will process that portion of the request from the organization’s Unrestricted 30 account. We can NOT pay and/or reimburse from the UPAC fund source until UPAC provides ASA with a copy of your allocation letter. 

Notes:

  • It is the organization’s responsibility to initiate correspondence with UPAC for possible funding. Every organization that receives UPAC funding is subject to an audit by UPAC to ensure compliance with the allocation of Student Initiated Fee funds. 
  • All allocated UPAC funds that are remaining in an organization’s account at the end of the fiscal year (June 30) will be returned to the Student Fee Board. 
Activity Fee Funds / Fund Source “40” (Standing Allocations)

These funds are allocated to affiliated organizations by the University Park Student Fee Board (UPSFB) and are to enhance the student experience at Penn State.

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

Keeping a Financial Ledger

The records you keep are considered your organization’s official records. You should be keeping a record of all transactions, such as deposits for individual dues, vendor donations, etc., as Associated Student Activities (ASA) does not keep copies of checks deposited into your organization’s account. We suggest using Excel or another spreadsheet application to keep track of transactions. These records should then be transferred to the next elected treasurer. Seven years of records must be kept by your organization at all times. 

Monitor Your Transaction Report

You may request a detailed transaction report from ASA at any time so that you can ensure that our records and the records that you keep are in agreement. Only the treasurer, president, or advisor can request this report. You may request a transaction report in person, by calling the ASA office, or by emailing asaoffice@psu.edu. Reports can be e-mailed to any one of the above individuals, upon request. 

Liaison Between Your Organization and ASA

YOU are responsible for the financial transactions of your organization.  The role of treasurer requires that certain transactions are only to be done by you.  These transactions include authorizing check requests, picking up checks, requesting a transfer, updating the treasurer card, retrieving mail from the Treasurer File, and opening/closing an account.  Executive officers are not permitted to do any of these transactions. 

Sign Off on All Expenditures

As the treasurer, you are responsible for the financial transactions of your organization. This includes authorizing check requests and invoices for payment, as well as signing off on transfer requests, mileage forms, contract payments, and organization-to-organization transfers. The necessary forms required for these transactions are available in the ASA office or online. Once filled out, forms may be submitted in person or via email to asaoffice@psu.edu. If emailing and you are unable to print and sign the online version, your emailed request will serve as authorization. Please note that you cannot spend more money than you have in the organization’s account. Any requests for payment that put your account in the negative will not be processed. In addition, your organization must have an active status with the Office of Student Activities in order to utilize your ASA account. 

Appoint Those Authorized to Sign Purchase Orders

Purchase Orders can only be signed by the individuals listed on the treasurer card.  As treasurer, you may authorize up to three individuals to request and sign for Purchase Orders.  These individuals are not authorized to complete any other transactions, only Purchase Orders.  

Pick Up Checks

You are responsible for picking up and signing out processed checks for your organization in a timely manner. In addition, the payee is also authorized to pick up checks which are made out to them. Due to the large volume of checks processed by ASA, it is not possible for ASA to notify organizations when checks are ready for pickup. Please review your transaction report to determine if a check has been processed for your organization.  

Maintain an Up-To-Date Treasurer Card

The information on this card is used by ASA staff to contact you regarding problems with requests or processing transactions and is also used to confirm your identity when picking up checks.  Delays occur when this information is illegible or not up-to-date.  Your Treasurer Card should be updated when a new treasurer is elected or if any information has changed.

Check Your Treasurer File Weekly

Each organization has a Treasurer File in the ASA office. ASA places unpaid bills that require your signature, check requests needing additional documentation, donation receipts, and other financial correspondence into your Treasurer File. It is extremely important that you check your file regularly to pick up any documentation. Any paperwork not picked up after one year will be discarded. 

Correctly Complete All Request Forms and Write Legibly

Before submitting forms, please make sure they are filled out correctly and in their entirety. Forms submitted without the proper backup documentation will not be processed until such documentation is received. When turning in handwritten forms, make sure to write legibly or there will be a delay in processing your request. 

Use Full Organization Name and Account Number on All Correspondence

It is extremely important that you use your full organization’s name and 4-digit ASA account number.  We have over 1,000 organizations and many have the same acronym.  For example, ASA could be Associated Student Activities, African Student Association, Acoustical Society of America, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Armenian Student Association, or Asian Students Association. 

The use of an incorrect organization's ASA number can result in transactions being processed out of the wrong organization.  If you are not sure if a transaction was processed for the correct organization, request a transaction report.

Income Procedures

General Income Information

When collecting funds for your organization, you may accept cash or checks. The use of cash apps (Venmo, Zelle, etc.) can be used to collect funds for dues/clothing orders. The funds must be deposited into a personal account and a check must be written made payable to your organization for the entire amount. Associated Student Activities (ASA) cannot process credit card transactions. Checks must be made payable to your organization and deposited in a timely manner. These funds are always deposited into your Unrestricted account (Fund Source “30”) and can be used as the organization sees fit (within University guidelines).

It is strongly recommended that your organization purchase a numbered receipt book. You should be providing receipts to individuals for any payment or collection of dues, clothing, fundraising, etc. A receipt book helps organizations keep a historical level of detail regarding the income. Deposits to ASA are made in lump sums and detailed records of payment information are not kept by ASA.

It is also strongly recommended that you make photocopies of checks prior to depositing the funds. ASA does not provide copies of checks. It is up to the organization to keep track of the details regarding all payments and deposits.

Departments and Colleges wishing to contribute to your organization must process a check through SIMBA, the University’s financial system. ASA is on a different accounting/budget system from the University, therefore, funds cannot be transferred directly. Please see the section on "Obtaining Funds from a Penn State Department" for more information on transfers from Penn State departments. 

If an individual or business is making a contribution or donation to your organization and requests a tax receipt, the payment MUST be handled through the Office of University Development.  ASA cannot create or provide organizations with a tax receipt. Please refer to the “Donors Requesting a Tax Receipt for Donations” section for more information on gifts and donations, as well as contact information for the Office of University Development.

Making a Deposit

All money should be deposited in a timely manner (usually within one business day) and should be totaled and organized as stated below.  Any club member may make a deposit.

Checks

  • Checks should be made payable to your organization, dated, and signed.
  • When receiving checks, always make sure the check reads correctly and is completely filled out and SIGNED.
    • Unsigned checks and checks six months or older (this varies depending on issuer - please refer to each check to verify language) cannot be deposited. 
    • Checks from foreign banks cannot be accepted. 
  • Reviewing the checks before a deposit will save time and minimize corrections to your deposits.
  • Checks need to be endorsed with the organization’s name or stamped with your endorsement stamp. 

Returned (Bounced) Checks from the Bank

The longer checks are held before the deposit is made, the higher the chance a check will be returned to us from the bank. When checks are returned, it is usually for insufficient funds. ASA will deduct the amount of the check from your organization’s account and place a copy of the check and deposit receipt in your Treasurer File. It is your responsibility to contact the individual to make good on or replace the check with a new one. You can usually redeposit a check one additional time unless it has been returned for insufficient/uncollected funds (NSF/UCF) and is $500 or larger. If it is marked NSF/UCF, ask for a new check or cash from the check issuer. 

Bills

Organize your dollar bills. All bills should be face up, straightened flat, and facing the same direction. They should also be sorted by denomination.

Coins

Coins must be wrapped if you have enough for a wrapper ($0.50 for pennies, $2.00 for nickels, $5.00 for dimes, and $10.00 for quarters). No Canadian coins will be accepted.

ASA has a limited supply of bill wrappers and coin wrappers available for organizational use.

Deposit Slip

Deposit slips are located in ASA and online.  Fill in the following information:

  • Your organization’s full name and 4-digit account number.
  • The activity code (if applicable).
  • The bill, coin, and check totals.
  • The grand total for the deposit.
  • Breakdown by object code. State the amount and description for each category. This information will appear on your Transaction Report.

For example, if you collect $20 in dues from 10 different people, you would use:

Object Code:  41001 Dues
Description: Fall 2019
Amount: $200.00 

Object Codes are available in our office or online under Treasurer Tools.

An ASA employee will verify your deposit totals and print a receipt for you. The receipt should be kept by the treasurer for their records.  If requested, ASA can place the receipt in the Treasurer File for the treasurer to pick up at a later date. Funds deposited throughout the day are typically posted to your account the next business day by 3 p.m. 

Donors Requesting a Tax Receipt for Donations

Your organization may receive a gift from an outside donor either directly or indirectly. If a donor gives your organization a check directly and wishes to receive a receipt for tax purposes, you MUST deposit that check with the Office of University Development. Once processed, Development will notify ASA and we will deposit the money into your organization’s account (this can take a few weeks).  

Occasionally, an outside donor will give a gift to an organization without the organization’s knowledge. When we are notified of the gift from Development, we will deposit the money into your organization’s account and give you notice of the gift by placing a memo in your Treasurer File, along with any details we received of the donation (including the donor’s name and address).

Penn State University will send an official receipt acknowledgment thanking the donor for the gift, but it is highly recommended that any organization receiving a donation personally thank the donor. This can be done by sending a letter or thank you card. ASA can provide your organization with note cards and envelopes upon request.  

If you have any questions about gifts and how to handle any gifts you receive directly, please contact the ASA staff or the Development office directly at:

Office of University Development
2601 Gateway Drive
Suite 150
State College, PA 16801
(814) 865-6600

In addition, the Office of University Development can set up a link for donations to your organization that can be shared through newsletters, email campaigns, social media postings, and more. Email annualfund@psu.edu to obtain a link. 

Donors Not Requesting a Tax Receipt for Donations

Donations can be deposited directly into your ASA account if a tax receipt is not requested. The organization receiving the donation would then be responsible for sending an official receipt acknowledging the gift.

Obtaining Funds from a Penn State Department

Because Associated Student Activities (ASA) is on a different accounting and budget system than the rest of the University, Penn State departments cannot electronically transfer funds directly into your ASA account.  

The procedure for a department to give funds to an organization is as follows:

  • The department MUST process a check through SIMBA, the University’s financial system. The check should be made payable to your organization or to Associated Student Activities and sent to the ASA office. 

  • Your organization’s name and ASA account number should be referenced on the check to ensure the check is deposited into the correct organization’s account. 

  • Once we receive the check (which can take up to ten days), we will automatically deposit the funds into your account, and put the printed receipt in your Treasurer File. 

Special Revenue and Revenue from Admission-Charged Events

There are specific guidelines and a review process for admission-charged events. Please see the section on "Admission-Charged Events On-Campus Guidelines" for details. If needed, ASA can assist student organizations on a case-by-case basis with record-keeping for special purpose revenue collections.

Games of Chance, Raffles, and Lottery Revenue

A separate ASA account must be opened for all Small Games of Chance revenue. The treasurer must bring a copy of the Small Games of Chance License to ASA when setting up the account. See the section titled "Games of Chance, Raffles, and Lottery Guidelines" for more details on Small Games of Chance.

Night Drop for Funds Collected in the Evening or over a Weekend

If your organization is collecting funds after hours or over a weekend, it is strongly recommended that you do not hold onto these funds. For your protection, the funds should be placed in the Night Drop located outside the ASA office. The Night Drop is used to store money only. Any other forms, papers, or items place in the Night Drop will be discarded.

  • Pick up a specific clear plastic deposit bag in either the ASA Office (open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or, after hours, from the HUB Information Desk on the first floor of the HUB.
  • Mark the bag with your organization’s full name and account number, contact name, and phone number, and event name (the reason why the money was collected). We suggest using a black ballpoint pen to mark the bag.
  • The bag should be securely sealed prior to depositing in the Night Drop. You MUST tear off the top portion of the bag which has your claim number on the bag. Do not lose or misplace the claim ticket – you will need your ticket in order to claim the bag and make the deposit the next business day.  Once a member of your organization comes in to claim your bag, a deposit slip will need to be filled out by the member before the funds can be deposited into your organization’s account.
  • ASA will not open any bag without the claim ticket and a member of your organization present.
  • For your safety, you may call University Police Services at (814) 863-1111 to escort you to the ASA Office (240 HUB-Robeson Center).
Interest on Your Account

Every RSO’s Unrestricted account is entitled to earn interest, except for solicitation or administrative accounts. This interest is calculated and posted monthly. The amount of interest earned depends on your balance during the period in conjunction with the rate established by the Board of Trustees.  Accounts that are not in good standing with the University will not earn interest.

Expense Procedures

General Expense Information

There are several different payment methods depending on who you are paying or reimbursing. It is the treasurer’s responsibility to make sure the correct form is used, filled out properly, and has the proper documentation attached.

  • Individuals are not permitted to pay out of pocket for “services” (a service would be a speaker, DJ, performer, referee, instructor, etc.) ASA will NOT reimburse any club member who directly pays for a service. Services are required to be paid through the 1099 process. Please see the “1099 Request Form: Payment for Services” section for more information.
  • When turning in hard copies of check requests, itemized receipts are required in order to receive reimbursement. These receipts must show proof of payment and clearly show what items were purchased. This is ASA’s policy in accordance with University guidelines. Original receipts eliminate the possibility of duplicate reimbursement. If a request is turned in without proper documentation, it will be returned to the treasurer and no reimbursement will be given. Photocopies and screenshots are NOT considered original receipts. If submitting via email, scanned or emailed receipts are permitted. However, receipts must still be itemized. Credit card statements are not valid receipts for expenses.
  • Student organization funds may NOT be used to reimburse and/or pay for any ALCOHOL and/or WEAPONS/AMMUNITION.
  • Food receipts that do not show an itemized listing of food items purchased will not be reimbursed. If alcoholic beverages were purchased, they will be deducted from the reimbursement.
  • NO FOREIGN RECEIPTS accepted. All receipts must be in English.
  • Due to the cost associated with printing checks, ASA will only process requests of $5.00 or more. If the amount of reimbursement requested is less than $5.00, we ask the organization to please refrain from submitting the request until additional expenditures have been incurred. 

What is an Original, Itemized Receipt?

  • A receipt that includes the vendor’s name, address, and date.
  • A detailed listing of what was purchased, clearly showing the items were paid.
  • All receipts must be in U.S. dollars.
  • Restaurant receipts MUST include an itemized list of what was ordered and paid for – not just the credit card slip. A tip can be included in the reimbursement.
  • Internet receipts MUST include a printout showing the items purchased, billing information, the amount paid, payment method, and the individual’s name that paid.

Do not lose receipts. ASA cannot reimburse individuals for out-of-pocket expenses without original detailed receipts. There can be absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

Purchase Orders (PO)

Purchase orders are the most convenient method of payment to a vendor because it eliminates the need for an individual to pay upfront and then seek reimbursement from the organization. The treasurer can authorize up to three additional group members to obtain purchase orders by adding their names to the Treasurer Card. Those individuals are ONLY authorized to get a purchase order. They cannot sign check requests or any other forms. Whenever possible, use a purchase order when purchasing goods or services from a vendor. A list of common vendors that accept purchase orders is available on ASA’s website under Financial References

If the vendor accepts purchase orders, follow these steps: 

  • Place the order with the vendor and ask for a cost estimate.
    • Use 240 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, PA 16802 as the billing address. 
  • Bring the estimate to ASA, or send an email to asaoffice@psu.edu, and we will give you a purchase order, which is signed by both a representative from our office and your authorized PO representative. If the request is submitted via email, the email serves as your authorization and a copy of the PO will be emailed to the requestor.
  • Give the purchase order to the vendor and inform the vendor that they must submit an itemized invoice,which references the PO number (or a copy of the PO), to the ASA office. ASA will  not pay the vendor without an invoice.
  • Once the invoice is received, ASA will automatically send the vendor a check and the PO will be closed. 

If the vendor does not accept purchase orders:

  • An individual can pay the bill out-of-pocket, obtain an itemized receipt, and seek reimbursement through the treasurer.
  • OR the treasurer can bring, or email an invoice to ASA, sign off on it, and we will write a check made payable to the vendor.
  • OR you can have the vendor invoice your group. The bill should be sent to ASA and we will place it in your Treasurer File. The treasurer will be required to sign off on the invoice before it can be paid.

When a purchase order is generated, the monies are encumbered and not available for use.  For example, if you have $100 in your Unrestricted account and you generate a PO in the amount of $60, you will only have $40 available for your organization to spend. 

A purchase order can only be used one time.  Once an invoice is received citing a PO number, that specific PO is closed out.  You will need to obtain a new PO on any future orders with that vendor.

Invoices that exceed a PO total by more than 10% will require the treasurer to sign off on the invoice before the invoice can be paid.

NOTE: ASA will only pay bills automatically if a purchase order has been issued. If a purchase order has not been issued, we will put the invoice in your Treasurer File and we will NOT PAY the vendor until the treasurer signs off on the bill. 

Closing a Purchase Order

Purchase orders are automatically closed when an invoice is received and paid, as long as the invoice references the PO#.  At that point, if the purchase order was greater than the invoiced amount, the remaining balance on the purchase order will be released back into your account and no longer be encumbered.

Purchase Orders are valid for one year from the date the PO is generated and will be closed out if not used within that year.

Voiding a Purchase Order

If a purchase order is no longer needed, it can be voided and the funds released back to your organization.  To void a purchase order, you must bring the original PO into ASA and ask for it to be voided.  If you gave the purchase order to the vendor and then cancelled your order, you will need to get the PO back from the vendor before ASA can void it.  Otherwise, those funds will remain encumbered and will not be available for use.

ASA cannot void a purchase order unless the original copy provided to the student organization is returned. 

Check Request Form   

Check requests are used to reimburse an individual for expenses that were incurred on the club’s behalf.  They are also used to pay an invoice directly to the vendor, make a donation, or pay dues. 

NOTE:  Checks will be made payable to the person who incurred the expense. For example, if a parent’s credit card was used, the check will be made payable to the parent, not the student.   

It takes three to seven business days to process a check, depending on the volume of check requests being submitted to the ASA office. When submitting your request, you can ask the ASA staff for an estimated time. You will need to indicate on the form if the check is to be picked up (by the treasurer or payee) or mailed directly to the payee. 

Reimburse Expenses

When using a Check Request form to reimburse an individual for expenses paid out of pocket, you MUST attach an itemized receipt showing what was purchased and the dollar amount that was paid. As stated previously, a member from your organization cannot pay a vendor directly for services and then seek reimbursement. 

Pay Invoices Directly

To pay an invoice from a vendor, you will need to complete a Check Request and attach it to the invoice. You can either then bring both documents to the ASA office or email them to asaoffice@psu.edu. You also have the option of bringing the invoice into ASA to have it stamped with our vendor stamp. You would then need to fill out the necessary fields on the vendor stamp and sign the invoice in order for it to be processed.

Donation to a Non-Profit Organization

ASA can make a donation on behalf of your organization. Donations should not be made out of pocket by any member of your organization or that member will not be reimbursed for the donation. 

To make a donation to a non-profit organization, a Check Request form must be submitted. The Check Request will need to have two signatures or email authorizations from the treasurer, as well as another officer or the Advisor. In addition, a formal donation letter must be attached to the Check Request. This letter can simply state that your organization is making a donation to a non-profit organization. It must include the name of the non-profit, the amount of the donation, and the name of your organization. ASA will then issue the check made payable to the non-profit organization. 

Dues and Registration

Throughout the semester, many groups will need to pay national dues or registration costs. Instead of having individuals pay out-of-pocket for registration or dues, ASA can issue one check on behalf of the student organization. The following is needed in order to process the check: 

  • a complete list of the students whose dues or registration fees are being paid.
  • an official form that states how much the dues or registration cost is per person.

This information can usually be found on your organization’s website or in your organization’s handbook. Once this documentation is obtained, the treasurer must submit a Check Request form.

Reimburse the Treasurer for Expenses

Treasurers can be reimbursed for expenses as long as they have one additional signature or email authorization (a club officer or the advisor) and the proper receipts are attached. If the reimbursement to the treasurer is for a refund in which a deposit was made (i.e. dues, registration fee, etc.) or for a mileage/per diem reimbursement, authorization is needed from the advisor, as well as one additional officer.

Paying for Services

When paying for a service, it is important to find out if the vendor is incorporated. If they are, they can be paid through ASA with a Check Request form instead of processing a 1099 form. A W-9 must be attached to the Check Request and the W-9 will indicate if they are incorporated or not. In addition, an NEI form will be required if the check is for an individual and the individual is not an employee of the University.

If they ARE NOT incorporated, you need to follow the guidelines of the 1099 payment. 

Reminder:  a club member can NOT pay out of pocket (cash or check) for services and then seek reimbursement. If they do, they will not be reimbursed.

Transferring Money from One Organization to Another

If your group needs to pay or donate money to another student organization, a Transfer Request form will need to be submitted. ASA can transfer the money from one student organization account to another without having to physically write a check. You must attach documentation to support the transfer. For example, an invoice from the other organization, a copy of minutes from your meeting, or a letter stating why you are transferring the money. Two signatures or email authorizations are required on the Transfer Request form (the treasurer and a cosigning officer or the advisor).

Reimbursing Department/College for Student Organization Expenses

Often a department/college will pay for a student organization’s expenses upfront and then seek reimbursement. The process for reimbursement is as follows:

  • The department will create a detailed invoice on department letterhead, specifying what was paid (travel, registration, supplies, etc.) and the amount they are asking to be reimbursed. 
  • Copies of backup are required (this is the documentation in SIMBA, Penn State’s financial system). The backup must show the amounts paid by the department. 
  • The invoice and SIMBA backup can be sent directly to ASA or given to an organization’s representative to submit to ASA. 
  • The Treasurer will need to sign off on the invoice or submit a Check Request form, granting permission for the invoice to be paid. 
  • A check will be processed made payable to “Pennsylvania State University.” 

 

Mileage Reimbursement/Per Diem Check Request Form

Mileage and per diem are flat rates used to reimburse individuals for their travel expenses related to an organization’s business. Flat rates are used in lieu of gas or food receipts. 

Note: This form must be used for reimbursement of all UPAC allocated personal mileage expenses (object code 70010).   

Signatures or Email Authorizations Required for Processing Reimbursement:

  • The individual requesting reimbursement (the payee).
  • The treasurer.
  • A club officer (cannot be the payee).
  • If the treasurer is also the payee, then the advisor AND another officer must also authorize reimbursement.

If signatures are missing, the request cannot be processed 

NOTE: Mileage/per diem reimbursements can only be submitted after a trip. Any requests turned in prior to travel dates will be held for processing until after the trip. 

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The current reimbursement rate when using a private vehicle will vary depending on gasoline prices. When filling out this form, go to www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/standard-mileage-rates or ask ASA for the current rate. This rate covers wear and tear of a vehicle, as well as the cost of the driver’s personal insurance and gasoline. 

Per Diem Reimbursement

Students traveling on organizational business can opt to receive a per diem instead of seeking reimbursement of receipts. ASA adheres to University policy in determining per diem for student travel, which varies depending on the student’s destination. 

Visit sapconcur.psu.edu to determine how much an individual may request.

 

Wire Transfers

Wire transfers are for emergency purposes only and are to be utilized only after exhausting all other methods of payment, such as a purchase order or check. Once other methods of payment have been ruled out, a wire transfer may be utilized to transfer funds to an outside vendor. 

An example of when a wire transfer might be utilized would be for payment of an international hotel, as many international hotels do not accept foreign checks. If you are making a payment to a company located outside of the United States, you will need to ask if they accept a check in U.S. dollars. If so, we can process the check request in the normal manner. If they will not accept a check in U.S. dollars, a wire transfer will need to be completed. 

Please confer with a full-time ASA staff member to see if your organization meets the criteria for warranting a wire transfer. If your organization does meet the criteria, it is your responsibility to work with the vendor to obtain wire instructions in order to complete the transfer (such as account numbers, SWIFT/ABA number, etc.). 

The following information is required to complete a wire transfer:

  • Primary financial institution (where the funds are being wired).
    • Name of institution, address, RT/ABA/Swift number.
  • Further Credit Financial Institution (if applicable). 
    • Name of institution, account name, and number.
  • Final Credit Account.
    • Name, address, phone number, and account number.
  • Additional instructions (if applicable).
  • Completed Check Request form submitted by organization’s treasurer.
Cash Advance

A cash advance is an advance of your organization’s Unrestricted funds to an individual for club purposes and may be used in rare instances when a purchase order cannot be utilized and a club member is not capable of fronting the money.  Examples may include change funds, fundraising projects, or travel. 

Consultation with a full-time ASA staff member is necessary to determine whether the organization may utilize a cash advance.  Only one cash advance can be taken out for an organization at a time.  You must have the funds in your organization to cover the cash advance.

A check is issued by the treasurer to a designated individual. The check can then be cashed at the Penn State Federal Credit Union, located on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, free of charge with two forms of ID. 

NOTE: Monies may only be spent on the item(s) specified on the Cash Advance form.

Closing Out a Cash Advance

It is the treasurer’s responsibility to make certain that the outstanding cash advance is closed out within one week. Original receipts and/or unused money must be returned to ASA in the full amount of the advance in order to close out the cash advance. When turning in receipts, the expense can be applied to the organization’s Unrestricted or Student Initiated Fee funds (where applicable). Please notify a staff member you are closing out the cash advance BEFORE you make the deposit.

NOTE: Remember that a cash advance is only an advance of your organization’s money. Failure to close out the cash advance can result in your organization’s account being frozen and loss of all privileges that come with being a recognized student organization. Your organization will also be referred to the Student Activities office for disciplinary action.

Change Vouchers

As a service to student organizations, the Penn State Federal Credit Union is available to provide change for registered student organizations that have a table for a fundraising event. The event must be held in the HUB-Robeson Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in order to utilize this service.  

Your organization will need to come to ASA prior to the event to fill out a PSFCU Change Voucher Request form which must be signed and dated by a staff member at ASA. This form can also be emailed to asaoffice@psu.eduOnce the form is signed by a staff member, the organization will need to drop it off at the credit union. The form will be kept on file at the credit union and any student listed on the form may obtain change at any time during the event. A valid PSU ID is required by the credit union in order to obtain change. 

Online Purchases

ASA has the capability of using a purchasing card to order products online and pay for non-UPAC funded domestic travel (booking flights and/or conference registrations) for student organizations. This is at the discretion of ASA and only to be used after it is confirmed that all other avenues of payment have been exhausted. Please meet with a full-time staff member to discuss this option.  

Information to know before proceeding:

  • Your organization must have the available funds to cover the entire cost of the purchase.  A purchase order will be generated to encumber the funds prior to placing the order.
  • Orders using a purchasing card can only be placed on secure and reputable websites.  
  • A single purchase cannot exceed $2,000.  
  • Lodging cannot be processed with a purchasing card, only flights and conference registrations. In addition, all pre-travel policies apply when using the purchasing card.
  • UPAC funds may be used to purchase goods ONLY.

If, after speaking to a full-time ASA staff member, your organization is approved to purchase goods or pay for travel using the ASA purchasing card, you will need to do the following:

  1. Set up an appointment with a full-time ASA staff member. Online appointments are approximately 30 minutes long and need to be scheduled in the morning as afternoons tend to be an extremely busy time in the ASA office. No drop-in appointments.
  2. Pick up the required paperwork that must be completed prior to the appointment.  
  3. You MUST email the web address/link to the full-time ASA staff member that you are working with prior to the appointment.  
  4. Email the list of items that you are going to be ordering in the body of the email, including the product number and cost.
  5. If purchasing goods with UPAC funds, ASA must have received a copy of the allocation letter from UPAC prior to the appointment – no exceptions!   
  6. If it appears that the appointment is going to run over the 30-minute mark, you will be asked to schedule another appointment at a later date to finish the purchase.

1099 Request Form: Payment for Services

General Information

Individuals and non-incorporated businesses that provide a professional service (speaker, DJ, performer, referee, instructor, etc.) must be registered in Penn State’s finance system, SIMBA, before payment can be issued (see your contract advisor for assistance). This is required of all contract agreements with student organizations and the University. The University will process year-end reporting of earned income on cumulative payment(s) of $600.00 or more for the calendar year on IRS Form 1099 Miscellaneous for these individuals and businesses.

The following services are just a few impacted by this policy:

  • Honoraria (speaker) payments
  •  Instructor and/or referee payments
  •  Projectionist payments
  •  Musical accompanist payments
  •  Performer and DJ payments
  •  Stipend payments
  •  Awards/Gifts of $600.00 or more to non-students and non-employees

There are certain rules or policies that need to be followed depending on the classification of the payee. These classifications include non-incorporated companies, individuals, and Penn State employees.

The payee is a Non-Incorporated Company

The company must provide a valid Federal Tax Identification Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) on the contract/invoice and complete the vendor registration process. Once registered and the contract process has been completed, the Treasurer must submit a 1099 Request form, along with the contract, to 103 HUB. A check will be processed through the Accounting Operations office located in the James Elliott Building (requiring a minimum of ten days to process). 

Payee is an Individual who is NOT a Penn State University Employee

A Non-Employee Information Form and a W-9 need to be provided as part of the payee’s vendor registration process. These documents allow PSU to collect the necessary information for processing of the payment. 

When the payee is registered as a vendor and the contract process has been completed, the Treasurer must then submit a 1099 Request form, along with the signed contract, to 103 HUB. Upon completion of all steps, a check will be processed through the Accounting Operations office located in the James Elliott Building (requiring a minimum of ten days to process). Make sure you indicate on the 1099 form if you would like the check mailed to the individual or if the check will be picked up in the ASA office. In addition, the payee now has the option of receiving payment via ACH (electronically), but must choose this option when registering as a vendor. 

Payee is a Penn State University Employee

Payments to all Penn State University employees, whether they are a student or not, shall be paid through a Check Request form and the check will be issued by ASA. 

The following documentation will be required in addition to the Check Request: 

  • A signed University contract or an agreement from the vendor. 
  • A PO will be required for all University contracts. 
  • A W-9 form. 

NOTE: Penn State University does not permit any employee (full time, part-time, Fixed Term, Wage Payroll, or Work Study) or any individual who has been employed by the University at any point during the current tax reporting year (who will therefore receive a W2 from Penn State) to receive 1099 payments. All recognized student organization payments are considered payments from Penn State University. 

Awards and Gifts

Associated Student Activities (ASA) uses the following guidelines when determining how to properly report cash and non-cash awards and gifts. ASA will report the details to the applicable offices outlined below. 

Types of Awards

Types of Awards and Gifts

Recipient Classification

*Cash Awards Gift Cards Awards of Non-Cash Items (plaques, trophies, etc.)

STUDENT RECIPIENTS:

All monetary awards to students will be posted to the recipient’s Bursar account through the Loans and Scholarships office in 308 Shields Building.

Cash Award/Gift Payment form is required.

Gift cards $100.00 or more are reported only if the student is a Penn State employee: 

The dollar amount is posted as an award through the Loans and Scholarships office to the recipient’s Bursar account.

Check Request form is required.

The value of a non-cash award item valued at $425.00 or more is reported to the payroll office in the James Elliot Building (if the student is a Penn State employee) or the Loans and Scholarships office in 308 Shields Building (if the student is not a Penn State employee.

Check Request form is required.

PENN STATE EMPLOYEE RECIPIENTS (STUDENT,  STAFF OR FACULTY):

All monetary awards to employees are processed and reported to the Payroll office in 101 James Elliott Building. 

Recipients will receive these awards with their monthly pay, with taxes already taken out.

Cash Award/Gift Payment form is required

Gift cards of $100.00 or more:

 The dollar amount is reported to the Payroll office in 101 James Elliott Building. 

The appropriate taxes will be taken out of the recipient’s monthly pay.

Check Request form is required.

The value of a non-cash award item valued at $100.00 or more is reported to the Payroll office for proper tax reporting in 101 James Elliott Bldg.

Check Request form is required.
NON-PSU EMPLOYEE RECIPIENTS:

Cash award between

$1-$599: check is processed by the ASA office. No reporting is necessary.

Cash award $600 or more: check is processed by the ASA office. The dollar amount is reported to Accounting Operations.

Cash Award/Gift Payment form is required

Gift card recipient of $600.00 or more for non-Penn State employees/non-student recipients:

The dollar amount is reported to Accounting Operations.

An NEI, W-9, and Check Request form is required.

Recipient of non-cash awards of items valued at $600.00 or more for non-Penn State employees/non-student recipients:

The dollar amount is reported to Accounting Operations.

An NEI, W-9, and Check Request form is required.

*Organizations should NOT pay cash directly to the recipient and then seek reimbursement.

NOTE:  The recipient’s name and Penn State ID# must be listed on the Check Request form for all gift cards and non-cash award items $425 or more if the recipient is a student or a Penn State employee. 

Admission-Charged Events On-Campus Guidelines

The following are University guidelines that must be followed if your organization is holding an admission-charged event on campus.  The treasurer of each organization is responsible for the proper handling of income generated from the event.  

NOTE:  These steps must be followed unless your organization’s ticket sales are being handled by the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) or the Bryce Jordan Center. If you have any questions, please contact the Associated Student Activities office.

Tickets

Student organizations sponsoring a program with an admission fee must choose between the following two options for ticket sales unless the venue can provide ticketing services in accordance with the policies outlined herein. Organizations must indicate in 25Live which option they will be using

  1. Tickets can be obtained through the free ticketing service provided by the HUB Marketing Office in 230 HUB-Robeson Center. Student Organizations will receive a designated amount of preprinted, consecutively numbered tickets. Once tickets are printed, your organization will be notified by Marketing to pick up the tickets in the Associated Student Activities office. 
  2. Organizations may use an online ticketing platform, such as Eventbrite for ticket sales. If using an online ticketing platform, all tickets would be printed directly from their site. Please note that organizations will not have access to funds from sales until after the event has occurred. 
Ticket Accountability Form

When picking up tickets printed by the HUB Marketing Office, you must sign the Ticket Accountability Form, indicating the tickets were picked up. This form is important because it lists information about the event required for reporting of the Impact Fee (see below). Student organizations must keep a record of all ticket sales, indicating how many tickets were sold at each pre-set price. For online ticket sales, the organization must obtain a report generated by the online ticketing platform, showing a breakdown of ticket sales for deposit. 

Impact Fee

All tickets sold for $5.00 or more for an on-campus event must include a mandatory $0.75 Impact Fee. This is a tax imposed by the local municipality for extra expenditures due to the occurrence of paid events within the municipality. The Impact Fee needs to be deposited separately into the ASA Impact Fee account (see deposit instructions below). All other funds from ticket sales would then be deposited into the organization’s account. 

Note: Banquet, registration, raffle, or meal-only tickets do NOT require an Impact Fee. 

Depositing Ticket Revenue

Revenue generated from tickets that were obtained through the HUB Marketing Office must be deposited into the student organization’s ASA account (under object code 41250, “Ticket Sales”) during the first regular business day following completion of the program. Unused tickets must accompany the deposit and the Ticket Accountability Form must be signed by an ASA staff member to verify the number of tickets sold. 

If using an online ticketing platform, the ticket sales revenue must be deposited into the student organization’s ASA account one business day after receiving reimbursement from the ticketing platform. In addition, a report generated by the ticketing platform showing the number of tickets sold, as well as the amount of each ticket sold, must accompany the deposit. 

If there is an Impact Fee, the organization needs to deposit $.75 for every ticket sold. This should be a separate deposit made into the Impact Fee account (#9991) under object code 41259, “Impact Fee”. ASA can help determine how much to deposit into your Unrestricted account and the amount to deposit into the ASA Impact Fee account. Please see an ASA staff member for assistance. 

Important: Revenue generated from ticket sales MAY NOT be spent on club expenses or used to pay vendors directly. Clubs must follow ASA’s reimbursement policy see "Expense Procedures" section for more information. 

Games of Chance, Raffles, and Lottery Guidelines

The process to Run a Small Game of Chance
  1. Reserve appropriate venue through 25Live.
  2. Contact Stephanie Mullin (sjm33@psu.edu) to schedule an appointment with a program registration advisor. You may also complete step 3 below simultaneously. 
  3. Complete a Small Games of Chance Application which can be found at the PA Department of Revenue website. You will need to complete the application titled “Eligible Organization Games of Chance Application.” The President, Treasurer and Secretary (Schedule B on the application) must be listed on the application along with the person or persons responsible for running and organizing the games (Schedule C on the application). The application must be notarized, so please do not sign the application prior to going to the notary. Notary services for this application are available free of charge at the Willowbank Office Building (420 Holmes St. Bellefonte, PA 16823), 215 HUB and 237 HUB. 
  4. The following documents must be submitted with the application to the County Treasurer Office at 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA, 16823, (814) 355-6810. Please contact them to verify application materials required:
    • A letter verifying you are a recognized student organization as well as providing your organization advisor’s name and email address. This can be obtained through the Program Registration Office in 125A HUB or the Office of Student Activities in 103 HUB, or by emailing studentorg@psu.edu
    • A current Membership roster with address and/or phone numbers and email for all members. 
    • A check or money order for the license fee. There are two types of licenses an organization may purchase. 
      1. A regular license is an annual license, and the term runs for a calendar year from the date of issuance. The fee for an annual license is $125. 
      2. A monthly license is valid for 30 consecutive days from the date of issuance. There is no restriction on the number of monthly licenses an eligible organization may obtain, but the licenses may not overlap. The fee for a monthly license is $25. 
    • If a prize is valued over $2000, you will also need to obtain a special raffle permit which costs an additional $25. 
    • If it is the first time your organization is applying for a small games of chance license, a copy of the constitution and bylaws. 
  5. Once a Small Games of Chance License is obtained, provide a copy to the Program Registration Office in 125A HUB. 
  6. If hosting a raffle, tickets must be printed through the HUB Marketing Office in 230 HUB. You must fill out the Ticket Request Form, scan and email the Ticket Request Form, along with your Small Games of Chance License, to hubmarketing@psu.edu. Once completed, you will need to book a ticketing consultation appointment with HUB Marketing. 
  7. A separate ASA account must be opened for all small games of chance revenue. The treasurer must take a copy of the license to ASA in 240 HUB to set up an account.  
  8. A Small Games of Chance Prize Form must be submitted to the ASA office within 5 business days of the close of the game for any prizes awarded valued over $600. The form must include the name, address and Social Security Number of the winner so the University can issue a W-2G form as required by law at the end of the year. 

General Information

  • A prize for a single chance in any game may not exceed $2,000 unless a special raffle permit is obtained. 

  • No prizes may exceed $5,000 due to Penn State’s ability to ensure proper tax compliance for prizes over $5,000. 

  • Student organizations which do not follow the proper procedures for recording and/or reporting small games of chance activity may be referred to the Student Organization Conduct Committee and disciplinary sanctions may be given. 

  • Failure to comply with the Local Options for Small Games of Chance Act may result in civil penalties and/or suspension or revocation of your license.

Mandatory Reporting Requirements

For reporting requirements regarding Small Games of Chance, go to the PA Department of Revenue website.

Each club is required to file an annual report electronically at the PA Department of Revenue website. Reports are due by February 1 for the previous calendar year (January – December). The following information will be required as part of the report:

  • Number of W-2G forms issued.
  • Total gross winnings reported on W2-G forms.
  • Proceeds received by the club licensee from each game of chance conducted, itemized by week. 
  • Amount of prizes paid from all games of chance, itemized by week.
  • Other costs incurred related to the conduct of games of chance.
  • Verification and itemization of amounts distributed for public interest.
Record-Keeping Requirements

All records related to a small game of chance must be retained for two years by the sponsoring organization. Records must include the following:

  • All sales invoices.
  • Gross receipts from each game of chance.
  • The cost of each game of chance and other related expenses.
  • Total of all prizes paid out for each game and each prize’s cost or fair market value.
  • Proceeds from each game.
  • Totals for items by each operating day, operating week, calendar month, calendar year, and licensed term.
  • Details as to how proceeds from games of chance were used or disbursed.
  • A record of any prize if a W-2G was issued.
  • A list of winner’s names and addresses for prizes in excess of $600.
  • For merchandise prizes, a sales invoice showing the purchase price of the prize, or if donated, a written statement from the donor indicating the fair market value of the prize.

Contract Guidelines

Contracts (University Standardized Agreements) must be used whenever an organization is requesting a service from an individual or a company. You should begin the contract process at least 20 academic days prior to the date of the program. All programs must first be registered on 25Live before the contract process can begin (see 125 HUB for assistance). Do NOT directly pay for a service by cash, check, or credit card. You will NOT be reimbursed if the proper contracting procedure was not followed. In addition, you should never sign a contract without first talking to a program registration advisor.

When do you need to obtain a contract?
  • Anytime an individual or company is providing a service for an event on campus, such as a performer, speaker, DJ, instructor, referee, etc.
  • Anytime you are paying honoraria, meals, lodging and/or travel costs for a speaker you hired for an on-campus event.
  • If you are renting equipment and a technician is being paid to operate the equipment.
  • If an outside entity requires a contract for the student organization to engage in business.
  • If you are not sure, ASK!
Where is the event located?

The venue for the event determines where the student organizations should obtain their contract.

  • Events taking place in a residence hall space will need to obtain the contract from one of the residence hall areas, where the space is reserved.
  • Events taking place in Schwab or Eisenhower Auditorium will need to obtain a contract from the Office of Student Activities.
  • Events taking place in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center will need to obtain the contract from the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, where the space is reserved.
  • Events taking place in Heritage Hall will need to obtain a contract from the Office of Student Activities.
  • Events taking place in all other locations will need to obtain the contract from the Office of Student Activities.

Note: Services being provided virtually through a Penn State platform – such as a Penn State Zoom account – are considered on-campus contracts. 

Contracts are necessary for several reasons
  • To clearly outline the terms of an agreement. This protects the sponsoring student organization from paying for things that were not agreed to in the contract.
  • To process payment for performances on campus. DO NOT DIRECTLY PAY A SPEAKER OR PERFORMER CASH OR BY PERSONAL CHECK. You will not be reimbursed if the proper contracting procedure was not followed. All payments of this nature MUST be made via a check provided by ASA or through a University check provided by Accounting Operations. 
  • To protect the University and student organizations regarding liability issues.
  • To impose an approval chain for events to ensure events are being reviewed and tracked. Depending on the nature of your event, there may be insurance requirements and/or Risk Management review required.

Vendor Agreements

A Vendor Agreement is Required If or When

 

  • A student organization is sponsoring a vendor to come on campus for commercial activity (sales and/or promotion). 
  • A student organization is conducting fundraising activities on campus that include the sale of products the student organization does not own. For example, a student organization sells candy they do not own through a company that will give the student organization a percentage of the sales once the money is collected. 

NOTE: Vendors that compete with standing University Sponsor contracts will not be allowed on Penn State property. Some companies currently under contract with the University include Pepsi, Nike, Bank of America (credit cards), and PNC Bank. 

Vendor Agreement is NOT Required If or When

 

  • Instances where a student organization outright buys the product and sells it as a fundraiser. For example, a student organization buys t-shirts to sell for a profit. 
  • Fundraising money is exchanging hands off campus. The University does not require an agreement to be completed for vendor activities sponsored by student organizations that are taking place off campus. 

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines

All student organizations must register their travel experiences prior to the departure date. Student organization travel includes, but is not limited to, all modes of transportation, lodging, and registration for conferences, competitions, performances, service trips, field trips, and student organization retreats. Trips that are out of the local area (more than a 50-mile radius) OR include an overnight stay must be registered. Any trip within a 50-mile radius does not require pre-travel registration. 

All travel outside the 50-mile radius is required to be registered regardless of the source of funding (UPAC, ASA account, academic departments, individuals, etc.). 

Domestic Travel

A Travel Registration Form must be completed for all student and/or student organizations that utilize UPAC or ASA funds for travel that is out of the local area by more than a 50-mile radius. The form, along with a detailed travel itinerary and participant roster, is available on OrgCentral and must be submitted prior to the departure date. 

Once the travel is approved, an electronic copy of the travel roster will be made available to Associated Student Activities (ASA). ASA will not be able to reimburse any travel-related expenses until this has occurred. 

NOTE: Organizations that are part of Club Sports or Team Sports will need to contact their advisor for pre-travel registration. Club Sports and Team Sports will follow the above procedure, providing an electronic copy of the travel roster to ASA. The roster is required prior to reimbursement of any travel-related expenses. 

Failure to complete the Travel Registration Form thoroughly and accurately prior to travel will result in the individual and/or student organization being ineligible for reimbursement for travel expenses. 

Contacts for Travel

Please contact the following individuals for specific travel policies and the process for registering organization travel

Contact for Travel
Classification Contact email phone
Club Sports Kristen Sullivan kns5526@psu.edu 814-867-5315
Team Sports Justin Hundley jmh524@psu.edu 814-867-4496
All other organizations Galen Chelko gmc5@psu.edu 814-867-5028
Approved Transportation 

Bus  

Regardless of fund source, to charter a bus the company must be listed on the Risk Management’s approved charter bus list.

These companies have met the University’s insurance requirements. Receipts that show proof of payment are required for reimbursement.

Airfare  

Students may book their own air travel using any nationally recognized airline through the airline itself, a travel agency, or the internet. Receipts that show proof of payment are required for reimbursement.

Due to higher costs associated with individual ticket prices, they may be reimbursed prior to travel provided the organization submits the Pre-Travel Reimbursement form and agrees to the following: If an individual is reimbursed for travel prior to the trip and then does not go on the trip, it is the organization’s responsibility to collect the reimbursed amount and redeposit it back into the organization’s ASA account.

Personal Vehicle Use

For personal vehicle use and/or per diem expenses, see the "Mileage Reimbursement" section for additional information.

Travel Abroad

For international travel, the trip leader must meet with a staff member in the Office of Student Activities to review travel requirements. A list of the requirements for international travel can be found on the Student Affairs website

International travel is required to be registered regardless of the source of funding (UPAC, ASA account, academic departments, individuals, etc.). 

Failure to register travel thoroughly and accurately prior to the departure date will result in the individual and/or student organization not being eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses. 

Vehicle Rental Reservations

Fleet Operations is part of Penn State and provides a full range of vehicle services to the University community. Your organization may reserve a University vehicle for travel on ORGANIZATIONAL BUSINESS ONLY. For current pricing, visit the Fleet Services website

E-ZPass transponders are included in all daily rental Fleet vehicles and any toll fees incurred will be charged to the student organization. 

Reservation Process

 

  • Organizations must fill out a Fleet Operations Vehicle Rental Request, available in the Associated Student Activities (ASA) office. It should be filled out in its entirety and signed by the treasurer. 
  • ASA staff will review the form for proper signatures, driver information, price calculations, and authorization. Be sure to include toll fees in your price calculations. 
  • A purchase order will be issued for the estimated dollar amount and signed by an authorized purchase order signer. 
  • ASA will submit the Vehicle Request form to the Fleet office for scheduling. 
  • A Fleet representative processes the form, assigns a reservation number, and informs ASA of the completed reservation. 
  • Requests should be made a minimum of 2-5 days in advance based on the type of vehicle: 
    • 2 Business Days – Sedans 
    • 2 Business Days - Vans (10 or 15 passengers) 
    • 5 Business Days - Trolley (30 passengers) 
    • 5 Business Days - Bus (44 passengers) 
Driver Requirements

Fleet vehicles may be driven only by University employees 21 years of age or older who hold a valid United States driver’s license. Undergraduate students (regardless of employment status) are not permitted to drive Fleet vehicles. Drivers of large passenger vans (15 occupants total, including the driver) must be 25 years of age or older. In addition, the successful completion of a Web-based training and test module (www.alertdriving.com) is REQUIRED for all maxi-van drivers. 

NOTE: All Fleet vehicles are in good working condition and include Voyager Fuel cards. These cards are to be used only for gas, oil, and emergency repairs that have been authorized by Fleet Operations and must be returned with the vehicle. Fleet vehicles must be returned in good operating condition. Any damage to a vehicle will be charged against the organization’s account. 

Closing an ASA Account

General Information on Closing an ASA Account

In order to close an ASA account, the organization must first be listed as “inactive” with the Office of Student Activities (located in 103 HUB). 

The remaining funds left in the account can then be distributed according to the organization’s consensus. The organization must state in letter format how it wants the remaining funds to be distributed. The letter must be signed by all officers in the organization (including the advisor if the organization has one). If there is more than one distribution of funds, please list each entity receiving funds and the dollar amount of each distribution. 

  • If donating the remaining funds to another student organization: Attach the letter to a Transfer Request form and submit the completed form to ASA. Once submitted, the funds will be distributed and ASA will then close the account. 
  • If donating the remaining funds to an outside charity: Attach the letter to a Check Request form and submit the completed form to ASA. ASA will process a check and then close the account. The check can be picked up by the treasurer or mailed directly to the charity (please include a separate letter to send with the check). 
  • If dispersing the funds among the remaining officers in the organization: Attach the letter to the appropriate number of Cash Award/Gift Payment forms. These funds, regardless of the amount, will be directly deposited into the recipients’ bursar’s account. If the amount to be disbursed to individuals is greater than $600, the officers must work with ASA and the Office of Student Activities to determine the appropriate disbursal. 

When an organization is inactive for more than two years and there is still a balance, ASA will transfer these funds into a centralized holding account. If, in the future, the organization becomes active again, the organization must ask the Senior Director of the HUB-Robeson Center to reinstate that balance. The Senior Director will make these decisions on a case-by-case basis. 

If another circumstance exists that does not fit into one of the above scenarios, the Office of Student Activities may need to approve what is being requested. This is also determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Suspension of an ASA Account

General Information about the Suspension of an ASA Account

If a student organization has outstanding expenditures and insufficient funds in their ASA account to cover the expenses, their ASA account may be suspended until payments are resolved. Only deposits and requests to alleviate outstanding balances will be approved during this time. 

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Guidelines

Liability Insurance Coverage for Recognized Student Organizations

Recognized student organizations are covered under the general liability and non-owned auto liability insurance policy for third parties. A copy of this policy is available on the Student Affairs website.

Copies

The copy machine in ASA is for staff use only.  We will not make copies of Check Requests or invoices for your organization. Please make copies prior to submission to ASA. 

Checks Returned in the Mail

If we mail a check and it gets returned to us as undeliverable, we will put the check in your Treasurer File to be picked up.  If you would like to have the check mailed again with a different address, it will be your organization’s responsibility to do so.

Stale Dated Checks

Checks are valid for 6 months from the issue date. After 6 months, checks are voided and the money is credited back to your organization’s account. A stale dated check can be reissued for up to one year from the date that it was voided. After one year, ASA will not reissue the check.

Voiding a Check

There are instances when an organization may need to have ASA void a check that was issued. Some examples would be if the payee never received the check or if an order was cancelled and your organization needs to cancel payment to the vendor. To void a check issued by ASA, the treasurer must come to the ASA office and complete a Void Check Form. The treasurer should indicate on the form if the check needs to be reissued.  You can also request the form by emailing ASA at asaoffice@psu.edu

Cash Boxes

ASA has a limited supply of cash boxes available for organizations to borrow. The treasurer is the only one permitted to sign out a cash box. These boxes are numbered and must be returned within one week. If your group needs the box for a longer period of time, you must come to ASA and sign the box out again. At the end of each semester, any group that does not return a signed out cash box will be charged a replacement fee (fee will vary depending on replacement cost).

Tent Rentals

When renting a tent for your organization’s event, a contract with proof of insurance is required unless the vendor is Best Event Rentals.

Off-Campus Events

For off-campus events, your organization should still hand out tickets in order to verify funds collected. You are not required to collect the Impact Fee, regardless of the admission fee. 

Sales Tax

Student organizations are not generally required to collect sales tax for sales generated by projects, provided that the sales are isolated and non-recurring. This means the project would occur no more than three times, and no longer than seven consecutive days in one calendar year. Please stop in to the ASA office if you have any questions on sales tax collection.

Additional Documents on the Web

A list of object codes, vendors that do and don’t accept purchase orders, a glossary and definitions document, as well as samples and tips, are available on the ASA website.

The Treasurer’s Guide is subject to change. For a printer-friendly version of the Treasurer's Guide, please email the ASA Office at ASAoffice@psu.edu and we would be happy to send you one.