Washington State University

Revised 4-16
Travel Services

University Travel Charge Card

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The University Travel Charge Card Program provides faculty and staff with a convenient means for charging WSU business travel expenses and reduce the University's costs of administering travel.


University travelers are encouraged to charge all WSU business airfare to University travel accounts, in accordance with state of Washington travel regulations. The University travel account may be either the department's Central Travel Account (CTA) or a University travel card account issued to an individual. See 95.04. NOTE: University travelers are to charge WSU business airfare to the department's CTA, whenever possible.

University travelers should use individual travel card accounts for all other University business travel expenses, whenever possible. NOTE: Travel charge cards may be used for official University travel expenses only.

University employees on active appointment who intend to travel on WSU business at least one time per year are eligible to apply for a University travel charge card. Applying for and using individual travel charge cards is not required.



University travel charge cards may be used for:

Not Permitted

Cash access is not available on the card.

Personal charges are not permitted on the card. Placing personal or inappropriate charges on the card is a violation of the University's policy. See 20.37. Such actions may result in the travel card account being closed and/or disciplinary action being taken against the cardholder.

Employees who have had a travel charge card cancelled for misuse or nonpayment to the issuing bank are not eligible to receive travel advance payments for future University travel-related expenses.


A University travel charge card provides the following benefits and features:


Complete a Travel Charge Card Application to request a University travel charge card. Obtain copies of the form by completing and printing the PDF master on 95.03.7.

Route the completed application to the requester's supervisor for approval.

Submit the approved application to Travel Services; mail code 1025.

If the issuing financial institution approves the application, the institution sends a Visa charge card for the applicant to Travel Services. Travel Services notifies the applicant by e-mail when the card arrives.

Credit Limit

All travel charge cards have a standard limit of $3500. Contact Travel Services to request a limit adjustment; telephone 509-335-2034.



The traveler/cardholder is responsible for:

NOTE: Only the person named on the card is entitled to use the card and that person is liable for the charges on the card.


The department is responsible for:

Card Provider

The card provider is responsible for:

University Travel Charge Card Administrator

The University Travel Charge Card Administrator, in Travel Services, is responsible for:

NOTE: The University reviews accounts on a quarterly basis and takes appropriate action if University and state policies are not followed.


The individual cardholder is personally responsible for paying all charges on the card.

Statements close on the first business day of the month. The account is due in full 25 days after the statement close date. (This date is indicated on the statement).

The account is not a revolving credit account. Partial monthly payments are not permitted.

Disputed Transactions

Cardholders are to try to resolve disputed transactions with the merchant first.

Visa regulations require that the cardholder notify the issuing financial institution in writing within 60 days of receipt of the statement reflecting the disputed charge. Any response received after the 60 days time frame may result in the inability of the issuing financial institution to assist a cardholder with the dispute.

A cardholder is not responsible for paying the amount in dispute while the issuing financial institution is investigating. The cardholder is obligated to pay the remaining balance by the due date.

Delinquency and Collection Actions

Issuing Financial Institution

The collection process begins as of the due date noted on the statement.

If full payment is not received by the next statement close date (i.e., the first business day of the next month), the issuing financial institution sends the statement out with a reminder printed on the statement itself.

At this time, the issuing financial institution may contact the cardholder by telephone.

60 Days Past Due

At 60 days past due, the issuing financial institution may suspend the account from accepting new charges and may assess a late fee of 1 percent of the card balance.

90 Days Past Due

At 90 days past due, the issuing financial institution may close the account permanently and may assess a late fee of 1 percent of the card balance. Once an account is closed, it may not be reinstated.

The issuing financial institution may send a demand letter to the cardholder requesting payment in full within 30 days.

Over 120 Days Past Due

The issuing financial institution may assess a late fee of 1 percent of the card balance and refer seriously delinquent accounts to collection agencies for further collections, which may include credit bureau reporting.

Washington State University

The University Travel Charge Card Administrator's involvement in the collection proceedings continues throughout the process unless or until the cardholder has made arrangements that are satisfactory to the issuing financial institution.

60 Days Past Due

At 60 days past due, the University Travel Charge Card Administrator sends an e-mail to the cardholder regarding the past due balance.

90 Days Past Due

At 90 days past due, the University Travel Charge Card Administrator sends another e-mail to the cardholder and may copy to the cardholder's department administrator, HRS, or the Internal Audit office.


Because the card is issued by Washington State University for University business travel expenses, the University may cancel the card account for misuse and/or payment delinquency. The University maintains a strict policy for any personal usage of University travel charge cards.

The following conditions must result in card/account cancellation:

The following conditions may result in card/account cancellation:

If the department obtains the card, the department either returns the card to Travel Services or destroys the card. If the department destroys the card, the department is to route an explanatory memorandum or e-mail to Travel Services.

Processing Travel Expenses After Cancellation

If an individual's card is cancelled by the University or the issuing financial institution for misuse or delinquency, the department may place his or her business airfare charges on the department's CTA account, if consistent with department policy. The traveler must pay for other travel expenses personally.

The traveler claims reimbursable expenses on a TEV when travel has been completed. See 95.20.


The University Travel Card Administrator monitors charges quarterly for policy compliance. Internal and external auditors conduct audits periodically.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action.


In accordance with the Public Disclosure Laws all expenses charged to WSU travel charge cards are a matter of public record. See 90.05.

See the PDF master form:
95.03.8: Travel Charge Card Application
Complete and/or print as needed