The Business Office is a unit of SIPA’s Office of General & Financial Administration which serves as the liaison between the University’s Finance Division and SIPA’s students, faculty, staff and affiliated Institutes and Centers. We provide a broad range of financial support services. These services include but are not limited to the processing of non-salary invoices, check requests, purchase orders, and reimbursements for travel and business expenses.

We also provide guidance on budget preparation, revision, monitoring, and reconciliation to ensure alignment with Federal and University financial policy and procedure.

The office also serves as a primary financial resource for SIPA’s student organizations. We provide advice, guidance, and oversight for funds allocated to the various student groups. In general, student groups’ allocations are determined by SIPASA, the SIPA Student Association, which is the umbrella group for all student groups and it distributes and oversees student groups funding.

Please, direct questions and feedback to the SIPA Business Office.

Columbia University has introduced SAP Concur, a new travel and business expense management system, which is a web-based and mobile-enabled tool that has replaced paper-based forms.
Columbia University has partnered with World Travel, Inc. (WTI) to assist Columbia travelers in making business travel arrangements using the Air/Rail Central Pay method.
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Proof of the organization's 501(c) (3) status must be demonstrated, usually by providing a copy of the organization's letter of determination from the IRS. At this time, the University does not permit donations to international organizations not registered in the United States.
This section has information on eligibility for payments and/or what is considered taxable income for foreign students.
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The Business Office staff will assist you in processing payment (s).
Students groups are encouraged to hold events at venues outside Columbia University.
Columbia University is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt institution, categorized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) organization.
For a group wishing to support another group’s event or contribute to an activity, the preferred method of payment is a direct charge.