The Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (FPER) Plan is a reimbursement plan designed to reimburse faculty for business expenses directly related to the performance of teaching, research and professional duties up to a pre-determined limit.
What you need to know
How much you can spend. You get $1,948 for 2020/21, prorated for new or reduced-load faculty.
- The deadline. Each department/school sets a submission deadline in early April each year (with a final deadline of April 15), for expenses incurred between April 1 of the previous year and March 31 of that year. Other than that, you can submit expenses up to twice a year, whenever you want.
- Who is eligible. All regular, full-time faculty are entitled to the FPER, including lecturers and faculty on a fractional load.
- What you can claim. Business expenses "directly related to the performance of teaching, research and professional duties," including professional association membership fees, conference fees and travel costs, computer equipment, and academic regalia. The Finance department's page on FPER has a long list—look under "Procedure," then "Eligible items."
Where to find information
- All of the details about how the FPER works, including eligible expenses, are on the University Finance website.
Who to talk to
- Most departments assign an individual who will assist with inquiries and/or review claims. Ask your chair or a colleague who that person is.
- Your Faculty Financial Officer or Executive Assistant can probably provide assistance.