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Section 10: Budget & Financial Planning

Budget Transfers

Effective Date:


Approved By:

Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs

Last Revised On:


For Assistance Contact:

Assistant Vice President for Budget & Financial Planning


This guideline establishes procedures for budget transfers between cost centers and Budgetary Accounts in the UTSA financial system. Budget transfers should not be used in lieu of appropriate accounting corrections (i.e. actual expenses). For guidance on accounting corrections see Financial Management Operational Guideline (FMOG) - Monthly Financial Report Reconciliation Process.



Table of Contents

A. Intrafund Transfers

Intrafund transfers are budget transfers within the same Fund, such as transfers between General Funds (E&G Cost Centers). For more information on E&G and other Funds see UTSA Financial Management Operational Guideline (FMOG) - Chart of Accounts.

Budgetary Accounts are used to record budgets at high level categories (i.e. budget pools) as follows:
  • OPREV – Operating Revenue
  • NOREV – Non-Operating Revenue
  • RTRFS – Revenue Transfers
  • A1000 – Staff Salaries (A&P and Classified)
  • A1200 – Wages
  • A2000 – Faculty Salaries
  • A3000 – Benefits
  • A4000 – M&O
  • A6000 – Debt Service
  • A7000 – Expense Transfers

Intrafund transfers can be permanent or temporary. Permanent transfers must contain Original Budgets and/or permanent funds in order to process the transfer. This is verified by the Office of Budget & Financial Planning (Budget Office) upon final approval of permanent transfers. Permanent transfers represent a change to the next year’s Annual Operating Budget.

1. E&G Funds (Fund 21xx)

E&Gfunds are used to support UTSA’s general educational operations. Functions and activities typically funded from E&G include faculty salaries, operating expenses of instructional departments, general administration, student services, campus security, operation and maintenance of E&G facilities, special items and research enhancement.

Each Vice President is responsible for ensuring the allocations are used for their intended purpose.

Intrafund transfers between E&G Cost Center Budgetary Accounts are allowed with some restrictions:
  • Research Development funds (2110) must be used only for the support and maintenance of educational and general activities, including research and student services that promote increased research capacity at UTSA. For more information on the Research Development Fund see Texas Education Code Chapter 62, Subchapter E - Research Development Fund.
  • Special Items may have restrictions. EXAMPLE: Funds from Tuition Revenue Bonds (7103) can only be used for debt payments for the authorized construction project.
2.  Designated Cost Centers (Fund 31xx)
The following are restricted:
  1. Transfers between fee-funded Cost Centers and non-fee funded Cost Centers and certain other Designated Cost Centers are not allowed.
  2. Transfers to Official Occasions Cost Centers from other Cost Centers are not allowed. Increases to Official Occasions Cost Centers must be approved by the Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs.

For more information on Official Occasions Cost Centers see FMOG - Business Related Hospitality and Entertainment Expenditures.

3.Service Center Cost Centers (Fund 3200)

Transfers are allowed within the same Cost Center.

4.Grants and Contracts Project ID’s (Fund 5100-5499)

Transfers are allowed within the same Project ID if allowed by the sponsor.

5.Auxiliary Enterprise Cost Centers (Fund 4xxx)

Transfers are allowed within the same Cost Center, and between Auxiliary Enterprise Cost Centers when appropriate. The Auxiliary Enterprise transfer is based on the revenue and justification for collecting the revenue. For additional guidance contact the Budget Office.

6. Gift Cost Centers (Fund 5500-5699)

Transfers are allowed between Gift Cost Centers with the review and approval of the Accounting Services office.

7. Unexpended Plant Funds Cost Centers (Fund 71xx)

Transfers are allowed between projects within the same Project ID with approval of the Assistant Vice President, Financial Affairs/Controller (AVPFA/Controller) or designee.

B. Interfund Transfers

Interfund transfers are budget transfers between Cost Centers in different Funds, such as between E&G and Designated.

1. Transfers between E&G Cost Centers (i.e. General Fund 2100, Research Development 2110, and Designated Tuition Fund 3105)

Transfers between E&G and Designated Cost Centers are allowed in some cases depending on the funding source of the Cost Center(e.g., a portion of designated tuition and fee revenue is transferred to E&G). State appropriations must be fully accounted for in E&G Cost Centers and fully expended in the fiscal year awarded as reimbursement from the state.

Transfers between E&G and Designated Cost Centers may include:
  • Temporary – Access to funds in the required Fund is provided through a Cost Center used to swap funds and is reconciled by the Budget Office.
  • Permanent – Authorized in the Original Budgets at the beginning of the fiscal year. During the fiscal year, the Budget Office tracks permanent transfers initiated by departments or management and these updates are captured in the next Operating Budget development process. The funding cost center must contain Original Budget and/or permanent funds in order to provide permanent transfer of funds.

Transfers to E&G Cost Centersare allowed only for funds meeting definition of E&G. Transfers from E&G Cost Centers must be in compliance with the Texas Education Code and current General Appropriations Act. EXAMPLE:  Special Items funding may not be transferred.

To request approval of an Interfund transfer between E&G and Designated funds, send an email to the and attach form titled, Budget Journal/Transfer Request.This form includes From/To Cost Center, Budgetary Accounts, Amount, Purpose of transfer, etc.

2.Service Center Fund Cost Centers (Fund 31xx)

Transfers for interdepartmental transfers (IDTs) are allowed in accordance with FMOG - Establishment and Financial Management of Authorized Service Centers and Specialized Service Facilities.

3. Grants & Contracts Fund Project IDs (Fund 5100-5499)

Interfund transfers from/to Grants & Contracts Project ID’s are not allowed.

4. Auxiliary Enterprise Cost Centers (Fund 4xxx)

Transfers are allowed to fund certain Plant Fund projects. Transfers from Designated Cost Centers may be allowed upon approval of the AVPFA/Controller.

NOTE: Transfers from E&G funds to Auxiliary Funds are not allowed.

5. Gift Fund Costs Centers (Fund 5500-5699)

Interfund transfers from/to Gift Cost Centers are not allowed.

6. Unexpended Plant Fund Cost Centers (Fund 71xx)
Transfers into Plant Funds Project ID’s are allowed to establish a new project.
  • Amounts over $100,000 are subject to UT System approval.
  • Amounts over $500,000 require UT System Board of Regents approval.

Funds in excess of need are returned to original revenue source when a project is closed out.

NOTE: Transfers from E&G Funds to Plant Funds are not allowed.


None at this time.



  1. Budget Journal/Transfer Request Form


Date Description
04/12/2016 Updated DEFINE information for transition to PeopleSoft.
05/01/2014 Updated DEFINE information for transition to PeopleSoft.
05/17/2013 Update Associate Director to Assistant Director.
01/09/2013 Guideline Published.

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