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[ Disbursements - Accounts Payable ]

Accounts Payable
4th Floor Franklin Building- Room 440
3451 Walnut St
Office hours- 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (215) 898-2626
Email: for inquiries only (Do not email invoices)

Accounts Payable is responsible for processing invoices and issuing payments for Companies, Individuals, and Foreign Drafts. This includes payments to Foreign Nationals, students, faculty, staff, human subject payments and independent contractors. Accounts Payable is also responsible for the Voiding and Reissuing of Payments made by the University. Payments are made against approved and reserved purchase orders or via one of several forms, including the Procurement/Disbursement Authorization Form (PDA) and the Request for Petty Cash Reimbursement. PDA Forms are used for payments when a PO cannot be issued. PDA for payments to companies as well as all foreign draft requests are sent to Accounts Payable via Intramural mail.

Please refer to our Document/Forms Library for Procurement/Payment transactions. The BEN Financials Commodity Matrix can also assist you in determining the appropriate method for procurement and payment of products and services.

Accounts Payable 2016 Year-End Cut-Off Dates

The following are the year-end processing cut-off dates for the AP Office. In order to ensure that your requests are processed before the end of the year we are requesting you submit all requests by the dates listed below.
Requests submitted after these dates may still be processed before the end of the year, however, due to the increased volume of requests we receive during this time we cannot guarantee they will be processed. The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:00 p.m. to be processed before December 31, 2016

  • PDA forms
  • Request Final Closing of PO's
  • Requests to correct and reverse receipts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:00 p.m. to be processed before December 31, 2016

  • Purchase Order invoices

Monday, December 19, 2016 5:00 p.m. to be processed before December 31, 2016

  • Will Calls

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. - deadline to submit 1099 manual spreadsheet and W9's to AP for payments made outside of BEN Financials for 2016:

  • Print spreadsheet and attach W9's (only for participants who received payments for >600) and send to Accounts Payable.
  • Email spreadsheet to

AP Coverage for Winter Break

The AP office will be staffed over the Winter Break to take phone calls and respond to emails only as follows:









8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.






8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




Please note: There will be no AP window hours.*
* If you need immediate assistance call the Helpdesk (215-898-2626) or email ( during office hours.

What’s New in AP

ACH/Wire Processing in AP

On November 1st, the Disbursements group started processing all PDA-W (Wire/ACH) forms. Please have these forms hand-delivered to the Wire/ACH inbox located in the Accounts Payable office on the 4th floor of the Franklin Building, Suite 440. If you have a wire that needs be done the same day please deliver to AP by 10:30 a.m.  This first phase of the Wire/ACH process in AP is a “lift and shift” of the current Treasury process.  Please stay tuned for updates on our second phase (process review and future integration with BEN AP).

Please note some important reminders:

  • All PDA-W forms need to have all fields filled in.  In addition, the invoice number needs to be a unique invoice number (please do not use the same invoice number as previously submitted for the specific vendor).
  • Please ensure that all banking information on the invoice matches what is on the PDA form.
  • Foreign wires may not be processed same day due to additional approvals needed from the tax office.
  • There is a $100,000.00 minimum to initiate outgoing wire transfers. We will process a domestic or international wire transfer for payment of less than $100,000.00 only if the vendor's invoice indicates that payment via check and/or international draft is not acceptable.
  • If you would like the wire fees charged to a different account other than where the wire was processed to, please include a note that states which account string to use.

The updated PDA-W form is located on our website under Document/Forms:


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