Domestic Travel

A traveler on official business must exercise the same care incurring expenses and accomplishing an assignment that a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business. Excess cost, circuitous routes, delays, or luxury accommodations unnecessary or unjustified in the performance of a task will not be reimbursed by the University and will become the personal responsibility of the traveler.

Travel Authorization

A Travel Authorization must be created and approved in PeopleSoft prior to conference travel. It is recommended that the TA is created and submitted at least two weeks prior. For conference registrations paid directly to an organization and for airfare and registrations charged to department travel cards, and approved TA must be on file.


Reimbursement for overnight accommodations will NOT be made within 50 miles of the traveler’s official headquarters and/or place of residence. Lodging expenses for faculty and staff cannot be paid in advance and will be reimbursed upon presentation of an itemized receipt after the trip has been completed. The traveler is responsible for making hotel arrangements and securing their room with a credit card. Reimbursement for hotel stay exceeding $417.03/night will not be made. Many hotels provide a discounted rate for state government travel. Present your faculty or staff ID to the hotel to receive the discount.


  • Less than 20 miles round trip Travel less than 20 miles round trip will not be reimbursed by the University.
  • Greater than 20 miles, but less than 500 miles round trip
    Use of a rental vehicle. The University has a contract with Enterprise which allows employees to rent a vehicle, while Enterprise will bill the University directly for the charges. The traveler must contact Enterprise at (843) 208 -2333 and provide a valid TA number to reserve a vehicle. Confirmation emails must be forwarded to USCB Accounts Payable. The traveler must save all fuel receipts and request reimbursement upon completion of the trip.

    Use of a personal vehicle. For use of a personal vehicle, the traveler may either be reimbursed for fuel costs, or on a mileage-based rate, at the discretion of the department. The maximum mileage reimbursed by USC Beaufort is listed on USCB's Travel Rates page.
  • Greater than 500 miles round trip For travel exceeding 500 miles round trip, the traveler is required to compare the cost and time benefit of airfare versus mileage. If an airline is to be used, the individual may contact the University approved travel agencies here and provide a valid TA number to reserve tickets or reserve using a Department Travel card.


State law provides that faculty and staff while traveling on the business of the University shall be allowed reimbursement for subsistence expenses incurred and paid. However, reimbursements for meals during in-state and out-of-state travel that is completed in one day will not be made. Meals will be reimbursed on time of departure and time of return up to a maximum allowance as follows:

Time of Departure Time of Return   In State of SC Out of State
Before 6:30 a.m. After 11:00 a.m. Breakfast $8.00 $ 10.00
Before 11:00 a.m. After 1:30 p.m. Lunch $10.00 $15.00
Before 5:15 p.m. After 8:30 p.m. Dinner $17.00 $25.00
Daily Total     $ 35.00 $50.00


Registration costs associated with conference attendance may be paid directly to the organization through a Payment Request in PeopleSoft. The organization must be a registered supplier and an invoice referencing the TA number should be submitted to your department or Accounts Payble for payment. If the traveler is able to pay for registration out of pocket, the individual must submit a receipt for reimbursement upon completion of the trip. 

Other Approved Expenses

Other expenses may be reimbursed, such as taxi/limousine service and airport parking fees. Receipts for these charges must be attached with the Expense Report. These reimbursements are in addition to daily meals and lodging or subsistence amounts. However, conference fees that include meals should have the meal allowance reduced by an appropriate amount.

Please note, the following expenses are non-reimbursable: supplies, service fee for using non-approved Travel Agency, copying charges, membership dues.

Expense Report

Expense Reports are created in PeopleSoft and should be created and submitted within ten (10) business days following the trip and no later than thirty (30) business days. Itemized transportation, lodging, registration, conference itinerary and parking receipts must accompany the completed form.