Collection of Receivables

Cash Management

30.04     Collection of Receivables                                                                     Updated: October 31, 2001


1.     Authorized Receivables

        While extension of credit is generally prohibited by the State, the following receivables have been         authorized.

         1.1     Student Fee Receivables – all fees, fines and charges assessed to students
         
         
1.2     Grant & Contract Receivables – all grants and contracts awarded on a reimbursement basis

         1.3     Third Party Billings for Student Fee Receivables – all contract billings to third parties for the
                   payment of certain student fees.

         1.4    Employee Travel Advances Receivable – all travel advances issued to employees in accordance
                   with University policy.

         1.5     Employee & Visitor Fines – all parking fines, library fines, and returned check fees assessed to
                    employees and other third parties. [Note: Student fines addressed in 1.01]

         1.6    Utility Receivables for campus vendors – all utility (e.g. electricity, gas, water, a/c, telephone,
                    etc.) Reimbursements assessed to contract vendors on campus.

         1.7    Retiree Group Insurance Receivables – all billings to retirees for their portion of their retiree
                   group insurance premiums.

         1.8    Prairie View A&M Research Foundation Receivables – all expenses (e.g. payroll, telephone,
                   etc.) paid by the University for the Research Foundation and billed on a reimbursement basis.

2.     Recording of Receivables

        All student receivables are entered into SIS+ and all other receivables are entered into FAMIS.

         2.1     All student fee receivables are assessed in the University’s student information system (SIS+).
                  The requisite fee rate tables are maintained by the Fiscal Office. All student fines are initiated
                  by the applicable department and submitted to the Treasury Services Office into SIS+.

         2.2    All grant and contract receivables are initiated by the Restricted Funds Office and recorded by
                  journal entry in the University’s financial information system (FAMIS).

         2.3    All third party billings for student fee receivables are initiated by written letter or contract and
                  entered into both SIS+ (payment of student fees) and FAMIS (establishment of receivable from
                  third party).

         2.4    All employee travel advance receivables are entered into FAMIS.

         2.5    All employee and visitor parking fines are initiated by the University Police Department and
                 entered into FAMIS.

       2.6    All utility receivables from vendors are initiated by the Physical Plant and Telecommunications
                 Departments and entered into FAMIS.

         2.7    All billings for the retiree’s portion of their group insurance premiums are entered into FAMIS by
                 way of automated feed from the B/P/P system.

         2.8    All authorized payments for the Prairie View A&M Research Foundation are initiated by entry into FAMIS.

3.      Billing of Receivables
     
         
3.1     All student fee billings are issued at registration to the student. Reminder notices are issued
                  prior to the second and third installment due dates. Additional billings are issued monthly.

          3.2    Most federal grants and contracts provide for electronic drawdowns of reimbursements and
                   thus, no billing is required. Certain State grants provide General Revenue appropriation
                   transfers which the University may expend against and thus, no billings are required.
                   Reimbursement billings for all other grants and contracts are issued in letter form to the
                   granting agency generally on a monthly basis.

          3.3    All employee and other third party receivables are billed monthly.

4.      Reporting of Receivables

         4.1     A detail listing (IBMR052) of employee and third party receivables is provided to the Manager of
                  Treasury Services, Controller, Assoc. Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Vice
                  President for Finance and Administration on a monthly basis for review.

          4.2    A detail listing (IBMR050) of departmental (i.e. telecommunications, utilities, university police,
                  etc.) receivables is provided to each respective billing department for their information, review
                  and assistance in collection.

          4.3    An aged listing of student fee receivables is reviewed at the end of each fiscal year in
                  connection with adjusting the allowance for uncollectibles and preparation of the annual financial
                  report.

5.      Other Collection Efforts

         5.1     Students are not allowed to register for a semester until they have paid their prior balance
                   (including balances written off) in full. Exceptions must be approved by Controller.

         5.2     Students are dropped from enrollment if they do not meet the minimum required installment
                   payment by the census date.

         5.3     The Vice President for Finance and Administration writes letters to employees and third parties
                   to assist in clearing delinquent accounts.

         5.4     All student receivables that are one year old are turned over to a letter writing service. All
                  student receivables that are two years old are turned over to collection agencies.

         5.5     Employee’s travel reimbursements are held until all outstanding debts to the University are paid.

         5.6     Individuals leaving the employment of the University are required to process their Employee
                  Clearance Form through Treasury Services, where they are reminded of their outstanding debt
                   to the University.

         5.7     Requests for refunds from TRS or ORP are not processed until all outstanding debts are cleared.

         5.8     Except for certain utilities, services may be discontinued when an account becomes 180 days
                  delinquent. Action will be taken by the applicable department, subject to their vice president’s approval.

6.      Write Off of Receivables

          6.1    The University uses the allowance method for accounting for uncollectible student fee
                   receivables. At the end of each fiscal year, the University determines its allowance for
                   uncollectible student receivables as follows:

                                                 Age                                      Estimated Uncollectible

                                          0 – 1 year old                                               80%
                                          
1 – 2 year old                                             100%

         6.2    After the estimated uncollectible is determined, the allowance for uncollectible is adjusted so
                  that it equals the estimate. The offset to this adjustment is bad debt expense which is allocated
                  to the various student fee accounts on a pro-rata basis.

         6.3    All student receivables that are over 2 years old are written off the books by reducing the
                 receivable and the allowance for uncollectible. [Note: All write-offs are still tracked until paid.]

         6.4    When a written off receivable is subsequently collected, the receivable and allowance are
                  reinstated and the payment is posted.

          6.5    The University writes off receivables from non-students after all collection efforts have been
                   exhausted and the applicable department requests the write off. All write-offs of non-student
                   receivables must be approved by the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Contact:    Manager of Treasury Services


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