Student Reimbursement Procedures

If your purchase is travel related, please see our Student Travel Benefits page for travel reimbursement information.

Before making any purchase, be sure to check with your program coordinator or student group administrator to ensure you are staying within budget and making an allowable purchase. Please contact your coordinator/administrator if you have questions regarding these procedures. 

The following information is required for reimbursement: 

  • ​​​Completed Check Request Form that includes the following information:
    • Your name as Requestor.
    • Program or Student Group that is funding the payment.
    • ​Recipients name, address and employee ID/federal ID.
    • Amount of payment. 
    • All event specific information –
       - ​​​​What the purchase was for?
       - When the event took place?
      Where the event took place? (please provide the specific building/room)
      Who & How many?  Include information regarding university role (faculty, staff, student, guest, etc.), program affiliation and first/last name of each attendee when there are 12 or fewer. Please ensure this list is legible.
  • ​​​​​​​​​Completed Event Sign-In Sheet (if applicable) and an event invitation.
  • An original, copy or electronic copy of the detailed purchase receipt or invoice is required.  The entire receipt must be visible and readable.  This receipt must contain the following information:
    • Vendor name and contact information
    • Date
    • Itemized purchases
    • Total
    • Payment information
  • ​Once completed, the Check Request Form and all required documentation will be submitted to your coordinator/administrator either in person or via email.

​​DBBS Reimbursement Policy

General -

  • Washington University is tax exempt. Whenever possible, taxes should be removed from business purchases.  Work with your coordinator/administrator to obtain our tax exempt form.
  • All reimbursement requests must be submitted within 2 weeks of the purchase date.  If submitted more than 30 days after the purchase date additional approvals will be required.
  • If appropriate backup is not available, a bank statement or other proof of payment can be used to submit your payment request. However, additional approvals will be required.
  • If you choose to submit the original receipt, please tape your entire receipt to an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.  All four sides should be taped and the entire receipt should be visible, cutting the receipt when necessary. All staples should be removed.
  • DBBS policy does not allow the purchase of gift cards.  For questions regarding this policy please contact your coordinator/administrator.
  • Washington University fiscal year is July 1 through June 30.  In order to process reimbursements within the current fiscal year all required documents and backup must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the last Friday of June.​
Food/Catering -

  • In lieu of paying out of pocket, every effort should be made to use catering vendors that will invoice DBBS directly.  The vendor invoice can be submitted for payment through your coordinator/administrator using the same reimbursement process listed above. Please see our current list of Catering Vendors.
  • DBBS gratuity policy:
    • Dining in – 18%
    • Delivery with set up – 15%
    • Drop off delivery - $5
    • Drop off delivery w/bad weather - $10
    • Pick up – no tip necessary
    • Before tipping, always ensure gratuity has not been added automatically
    • If your tip exceeds DBBS Policy, your reimbursement total may be reduced.
  • Before purchasing and serving alcohol at your event, you must review the university’s SharedSpace Alcohol Guidelines.
Goods and Services -


  • Every effort should be made to make purchases using one of our Marketplace vendors. Your purchase request should be submitted using a Purchase Order Form.
  • When making online purchases, always use a Washington University address as your “ship to” address.  Items purchased for business use should not be shipped to a home address. 

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