COVID-19: Finance and Treasury Business Operations

Last Updated: April 27

The Office of Finance and Treasury remains fully operational, and committed to supporting campus needs during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This webpage will be updated frequently with new information as it is made available. Please check back frequently.

FAQs from Procurement Services

Procurement Services will continue to operate as normal whether working from campus or remote locations. Effective Tuesday, March 17, Procurement Services, as part of an F&T wide initiative, will be working remotely. Contact Procurement as you normally would via phone or email. The FAQs below may help answer some of your Procurement-related questions during this time.

Policy Guidance for Pandemic Related Expenses - updated 12/9/20

International Purchases and Shipments of IT Hardware

Services, Supplies and Shipping FAQs

Credit Cards, Payments and Supplier Onboarding FAQs - updated 4/27

Travel FAQs

Ordering Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

During the current pandemic, personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies may be difficult to order, orders may be canceled, or departments may experience long lead times.  Information about how to obtain these items is available on the EHS website.

Guidance on Hand Sanitizer

Due to the significant surge in global demand, hand sanitizer bottle purchases are currently being sourced and procured centrally through EHS (requests to have dispensers in public areas placed or refilled should be referred to the Facilities Service Center at 8-8000 ).  Many new suppliers have entered the hand sanitizer market.  Unfortunately, some of these products may contain properties that can be harmful if absorbed or consumed.  As such, we strongly encourage you to consult with EHS to address your hand sanitizer needs and to review any unsolicited hand sanitizer offers you may receive from suppliers.

Please note that the FDA has specifically warned consumers against using any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem.

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Financial Service Center Operations

The Financial Service Center’s physical location on the seventh floor of New South is closed. However, the financial service associates are working remotely and can be reached at finance@princeton.edu or 609-258-3080. During the New South closure, please use this opportunity to leverage electronic payments (direct deposit, ACH, wire, etc.) when possible.

Updated University Deposit Payment Options

The procedures for Reimbursements to the University and Rent payments have been updated to include convenient electronic payment options. Learn more about these updated procedures.

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: http://www.princeton.edu/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 finance@princeton.edu.
  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.

Taxes for International Students and Scholars

As we approach the tax filing deadline, Global Financial Services will continue offering individual appointments and general tax sessions with students and scholars to assist them with the tax filing process. All will be offered via Zoom or phone, and more details about how to make an appointment and how to connect to upcoming tax sessions will be emailed to all international students and scholars, as well as be available on the Global Financial Services International Webpage.