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How It Works

The Employee Reimbursement System (ERS) automates the entire reimbursement process—from submission of expenses to approval and payment. It’s all done online!

Paying Your Expenses

ERS allows you to use your Penn State Purchasing Card with travel spending limits to pay for expenses like lodging and meals. Or, if you prefer, you can use a personal credit card to pay for your travel expenses.

No matter what method of payment you use, non-per diem expenses may require receipts.

If you use your Purchasing Card to pay for travel for another person, you will be responsible for completing an online reimbursement request to process the PCARD charges.

Preparing Your Reimbursement Request

To prepare your reimbursement request, log on to ERS. You can access the system from your home, office, or hotel room—all you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Someone else can prepare your request for you, but you’ll still need to log on to the system and submit the completed request yourself.

When you’ve finished entering your expenses, you will attach all required receipts and documentation to the report by faxing or uploading scanned images of the receipts.  Next, you’re ready to submit your request online.

Submitting Your Reimbursement Request

Unsubmitted reports provide a submit button. Submitting a report displays the final review which includes certification that the expenses claimed as reimbursable in the report are a true and accurate accounting of the necessary business-related expenses incurred and that no items listed as reimbursable relate to personal or unallowable expenses.  Selecting the Accept & Submit button constitutes the electronic signature of the submitter.

The reimbursement request will be routed through an electronic approval path beginning the moment it is submitted online. The approval workflow is set up by the Financial Officers of the University for the budgets charged in the report.

Receiving Status Updates

Do you want to be notified every time the status changes on a request—or only when your receipts are received? Simply indicate your notification preferences on your user profile. All updates are sent via e-mail, so it’s easy to track the status of your reimbursement request.

User Support

Support for using ERS is available in the Documentation and Enhancement sections of this web site.  There is also a complete user guide available from the Training documentation and user support is available from the ERS Help Desk by phone: 814-863-9713 or by Help Desk Ticket.