19.0 - Deferral or Prepayment of Bursar (SIS) Student Charges


Deferral or Prepayment of Bursar (SIS) Student Charges


Auxiliary Accounting, Financial management Services


April 2008




To provide guidelines on the timeliness and appropriateness of bursar billings for auxiliary units, related to unearned revenue.


Students are billed by the Bursar’s Office for tuition-related fees and other services, resulting in revenue for some auxiliary units. A receivable is recorded in the general ledger when the student is billed, which occurs before the semester begins. This entry is recorded as a debit to object code 8160 (Bursar Accounts Receivable) and a credit to either object code 1xxx (Revenue) or 94xx (Deferred). The timing of this entry may result in an overstatement of the Auxiliary’s revenue for a given quarter if the bursar billing occurs in a quarter prior to the beginning of the semester (e.g., bursar billing occurs in the second quarter and the semester begins in the third quarter).


The following provides examples of the entries pertaining to the bursar feeds that automatically occur each semester, as well as those that must be completed via the auxiliary voucher by materially affected auxiliary and service units.


The Bursar feed occurs monthly as a net debit to object code 8160 (Bursar Accounts Receivable) in the general ledger, with a corresponding credit to 1xxx (Revenue) or 94xx (Deferred). Included in this figure for each term code are student billings, payments, and credits. The objective is to identify material charges for future semesters where the income has not yet been earned. This would include student fees (i.e., student health fee, transportation fee, etc.) and/or housing charges, parking passes, Auditorium tickets, tickets for athletic events, etc. for future semesters.  (Earned income that would not be considered for this entry includes book sales for textbooks, parking tickets, etc.)


The bursar assessments date is determined by each campus individually and may vary from semester to semester; therefore, it is important that auxiliary units pay special attention to monthly balance sheets and income statements to ensure the accuracy of their entries.


Assessments and the corresponding feed date is most likely to occur as follows:





Suggested Allocation Formula = # of Semester Days in Month x (Total Billed to Students / Total # of Semester Days)*


*  Allocation should be based the # of semester days per the official registrar calendar accessible here –



*  Calculation based on 7-day week


* This is a suggested allocation unless the unit has specific information based on usage of its services. For e.g., if calendar days are more representative of the unit’s operations then that metric should be used instead of semester days.





Bursar Billing – Billing charged to students who enroll in Indiana University courses, which is separate from tuition (e.g., the Student Health Fee, Housing charges).


Calendar Days – Number of calendar days in a month e.g. 31 days in August.


Semester Days – Number of calendar days in a month in a given semester beginning the first day of classes and ending on the last day of final examinations. E.g. If the semester begins on August 27, 2007 then 5 days will be counted for August. 



IUIE Training Manual
Registrar Tentative Future 9-Year Calendar
ARSOP 1.0 – Non-Student Accounts Receivable



Auxiliary organizations with student fee income