Expenses and Reimbursement

Select one of the pages below to learn more.

Getting Reimbursed

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All travel reimbursements at UCI are processed through the Kuali Financial System using the Travel Reimbursement (TR) e-document. Because each department and unit has its own procedures for processing travel reimbursements, travelers should first inquire in their unit about how best to proceed.

Using a Personal Vehicle


University employees may use their personal vehicles for travel or University related business, but are subject to certain limitations and guidelines. The means of transportation you use should be determined by the most economical mode and most commonly traveled route.

Allowable Mileage Rates

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Below are the current and past allowable mileage rates for various types of vehicles. These rates are set according to IRS rules and can vary annually. For the most up-to-date rates, keep in mind that the information on this page can also be found on the IRS standard mileage rates page.

Meal and Incidental Expense

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University of California’s Meal and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) guideline. M&IE sets the daily maximum you can be reimbursed for meals and tips. Before your trip, ask your department's travel preparer or approver if you must turn in receipts. UCI travel policy doesn't require meal receipts for M&IE, but departments may.

Calculating Per Diem

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A Per Diem is given to travelers for lodging and meal expenses when travel is 30 days or longer or when the destination is outside the continental United States. Per diem is a daily amount to cover meal and lodging expenses. You will need to calculate your per diem before the trip.

Travel Reimbursement eDoc

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Employees can request reimbursement for travel expenses by submitting an Travel Reimbursement (TR) e-document in the Kuali Financial System. Creating a TR eDoc or any other Travel and Entertainment Management (TEM) e-document in KFS requires training, which is available from UC Learning Center.

Additional / Exceptional Approval

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This guide was created to help Kuali Financial System users quickly determine which common expenses need additional or exceptional approval and learn how that approval is granted. For general information about how to get reimbursed for travel or business expenses, check with your financial manager.

Protect your Privacy

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You're responsible for securing personal information. Before attaching any documentation, remove any personal information, including home address and phone numbers, credit card numbers, medical conditions, social security numbers, birth dates, etc.