COVID-19: Finance and Treasury Business Operations

Last Updated: August 17

As we prepare to return to a full on campus work experience in the Fall of 2021, the Office of Finance and Treasury remains fully operational, and committed to supporting campus needs during this transition. This webpage will be updated frequently with new information as it is made available. Please check back frequently.

FAQs from Procurement Services

The FAQs below may help answer some of your Procurement-related questions during the return to campus in the Fall of 2021.

Policy Guidance for Pandemic Related Expenses - updated 8/17/2021

International Purchases and Shipments of IT Hardware - updated 8/17/2021

Services, Supplies and Shipping - updated 8/17/2021

Credit Cards, Payments and Supplier Onboarding FAQs - updated 8/17/2021

Travel: Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Permissible Travel Guidelines AND FAQs for Fall-Winter Travel

Ordering Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

While most PPE, hand sanitizer, and similar supplies are no longer in short supply and available from suppliers in the Marketplace, EHS still maintains a supply of frequently used items.  These may be ordered via EHS’s COVID-19 PPE & Supply Request Form which is also available via a tile on the Marketplace.

Financial Service Center Operations

The Financial Service Center (FSC) staff looks forward to servicing the campus community from our
7 New South location beginning Monday, August 30. The FSC will be open during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, from 8:45am-5:00pm.

The most efficient method for contacting the FSC is via our Finance Inquiry Form. By completing the form, your inquiry will be electronically routed to the appropriate business area. You can also connect directly with an FSC associate by using our new Chat functionality.

Direct Deposit

The Office of Finance & Treasury strongly encourages all employees and students to enroll in direct deposit to avoid payment delays in light of COVID-19.  Payments are not just for employment, but could be for student activity funding, student refunds, expense reimbursements or other transactions.

Students can get to the direct deposit site from the main Student Financials Account page. Log on through TigerHub:

  • Go to the “My Financials” tile
  • Select the “Payroll” link Undergrad Grad

In order to enroll in direct deposit, students or faculty will need to have a U.S. bank account.  At this time, we are aware of some financial institutions which have the ability to open new accounts remotely, and in certain cases, for faculty, staff, and students who are not in the U.S.. 

  • The Princeton Federal Credit Union (PFCU) - requires a U.S. social security number
  • HSBC – click here to email the HSBC International Banking Center team directly with your phone number, email, and country location for options that may work for your individual situation
  • TransferWise – register to obtain U.S. bank details for receiving direct deposit USD payments

As additional options become available, we will update this site.

  Note:  Princeton University does not have a financial investment in, and makes no recommendation for, any particular financial institution.  Princeton University also takes no responsibility for which financial institution you choose and for any advice you receive.

While we strongly urge enrollment in direct deposit, we understand that there may be exceptional circumstances where establishment of a U.S. bank account, is not possible.  Where these unique circumstances arise, the following protocol will be in place:

  1. If the payee is a student or faculty appointment physically located outside of the U.S., and has been unable to establish a U.S. bank account, please contact the Financial Service Center at
  2. If the payee is a student or faculty appointment located in the U.S., payment will be issued via check and mailed as follows:
  • Undergraduate students – checks mailed to the permanent address on record. Checks will not be available for pickup on campus.
  • Graduate students - checks will be mailed to the home address provided during academic sign-in. Checks will not be available for pickup on campus.

Teleworking Overseas Due To COVID-19

For researchers who have received conditional approval from their department chair/director and the Dean of the Faculty’s office to telework abroad during fall 2021, you will also require University approval from Global Financial Services before work abroad can start.  Please complete the Work Abroad Survey and Global Financial Services will contact you with next steps. For further information about teleworking abroad, please review the latest guidance