Welcome to Finance. The Finance Department keeps Life University moving in a positive financial direction, serves as a risk identifier and manager, and facilitates resource allocation to make good things happen for students.
In order to fulfill this, the Finance Department manages a broad range of services including:
- Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
- Cashier, Business Credit Cards, & Other Services
- Payroll Processing, Web Advisor
- Sales Tax Reporting/Tax Information
- Employee Retirement Plan
- Forms & Policies
- Other Services
- Annual Budget
- Audit Documentation
While our department is designated to facilitate these processes, all members of the LIFE community have the ability to affect LIFE’s financial path by taking responsibility for allocated resources, adhering to University policies and guidelines, and proactively working to properly complete all financial documents in a timely manner.
With everyone working together, we can ensure prompt payment and/or reimbursement of Life University vendors, students, partners and employees, accurate documentation and reporting, and a balanced University budget.
Purchasing Goods & Services & Vendors
Please refer to Purchasing’s web page here.
Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
Life University prepares and mails checks every Thursday (when the campus is open for operations). Deadline for submissions to meet the weekly check run is 5:00 PM (EST) on Monday (in order to be prepared for payment on Thursday).
AP/Reimbursement check(s) may be picked up in the Purchasing Department. Checks can be picked up on Fridays or the following Mondays orTuesday (after check is cut on Thursday) between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please ensure the check address is correct because all checks not picked up by Wednesday morning will be mailed. Purchasing is located in the hallway between the University Bookstore and the Café. Hours are subject to change if there is a holiday or school closure.
University payment policy is Net 30.
If you have any questions regarding the status of a check, please contact Accounts Payable, Kim Wagner, at 770-426-2781 or KWagner@LIFE.edu.
In the course of your responsibilities as an employee of Life University, you may be required to pay for certain expenses prior to reimbursement. The following forms and policies will help to ensure accurate and timely reimbursement.
- Employee Expense Reimbursement Form – Use this form to be reimbursed for University approved expenses. Log into your DocuSign account, click NEW>Use A Template>Expense Reimbursement Form – Master, to access the form template.
- Reimbursement will be returned if missing the following information:
- Supervisor’s Approval
- Department Code
- Receipts and/or proper documentation
- Reimbursement will be returned if missing the following information:
- Petty Cash
- Cell Phone Reimbursement (for designated University personnel)
Requests for reimbursements must be handed in by 2:00 PM on Monday to be received that same week. Otherwise, the reimbursement check will be available the following week. Accounts Payable will send an email to alert the individual when the reimbursement check is available. They can be picked up at Purchasing on Fridays between 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.
Business (Life University) Credit Cards – The Finance Department issues University credit cards to approved personnel, and approves the monthly statement reconciliation for each authorized user.
- All requests for Credit Cards must be made to the Executive Vice President of Finance
- The credit card holder must reconcile their statement – Wells Fargo Portal Sign On
- University Credit Card Reconciling Instructions
Cashier – The Cashier’s office collects and processes funds from various departments as well as for special services such as hanging parking tags, parking tickets, concessions, club deposits and departmental petty cash. The Cashier’s office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
- Completion of a Cash Credit Voucher is necessary to make all deposits which will require complete account number; forms are located in the Finance Department.
- Completion of a Petty Cash Form is necessary to receive petty cash. It will require a complete account number, receipt(s) totaling no more than $25, and have a supervisor’s approval
- Hanging Parking Decals and Parking Tickets may be paid for with cash or check payable to Life University. A University ID is required to purchase a Hanging Parking Decal.
The Cashier can be contacted at Cashier@Life.edu
Payroll & Web Advisor
All employees will be paid on a biweekly basis (every other Friday).
All employees are required to enter their time worked electronically via Web Advisor. Time may be entered daily or by the Friday before pay week, so that supervisors may approve time by 3:00 PM on the Monday of each pay week. Time should be entered according to their department’s policy. Failure to record your time electronically may result in a delay of payment by 2 weeks.
In the event an employee does not record his/her time by the deadline, the employee’s immediate supervisor will need to:
- Have employee complete a paper timesheet (see “Attendance Verification Timesheet” under Forms & Policies)
- The employee and supervisor both sign the timesheet
- The supervisor must email the timesheet to Payroll@life.edu. The employee cannot directly submit the form to Finance
In addition to recording time worked, employees logged into Web Advisor have access to additional information:
- Time entry
- View total compensation
- View past pay advices
- W-2 electronic consent and electronic statements
- Update address and emergency notification information
- Change employee password
Direct Deposit: The University strongly recommends that each employee have their paycheck direct-deposited into an account at their financial institution.
- Direct Deposit Form (see Forms & Policies)
- If you choose NOT to establish direct deposit, your paycheck will be automatically mailed on the pay date after 3:00 PM. There is no option for check pick-up.
- If your check is lost in the mail, a stop payment will be placed on the lost check and a new check will be issued if the following requirements are met:
- A waiting period of 5 business days after the check was issued.
- The employee pays the $15 stop payment fee.
- And, the employee has updated his/her address in the Registrar/Human Resources Office.
Payroll payments will only be made outside of the pay cycle if:
- If the employee’s new hire record is not entered into the system
- A request is made by the Executive Office
- Or an employee’s direct deposit is returned.
For more information, please see the Payroll Policy.
For other questions or concerns, Payroll can be contacted at Payroll@Life.edu.
- State and Federal Tax Reporting
- W-2 statements are only available electronically via Web Advisor.
- W-4 Forms
Life University offers a 401(k) retirement plan through Lincoln Financial Group. All full-time and part-time employees, except student employees, are eligible and encouraged to participate upon hire. However, only those with 1,000 hours a year may receive an employer match when applicable.
All new hires are automatically enrolled at 4%, with the option to change that at any time. Those eligible for 401(k):
- Full time staff
- Part time staff
- Full time faculty
- Part time faculty
- Adjunct faculty
For more information, or to talk to our representative, please contact John White, Certified Financial Planner at (770) 205-0282 or by email John.White@lfg.com.
What is a 401(k) plan?
It’s an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan comprised of a variety of funds. Funds are made up of many individual stocks. The combination of stocks is designed to stabilize the performance of the fund.
The maximum annual employee contribution is determined by the federal government. The current maximum is $18,000 for people under the age of 50, and up to $6,000 additional “catch-up” contributions for those over the age of 50.
An employer-sponsored 401(k) plan will usually have between 8-20 investment choices. LIFE’s Retirement Planning Committee reviews and chooses the fund options for the plan. There are 27 choices available in LIFE’s plan, including “target-date” funds. Target-date funds are designed with a specific stock mix that is based on your estimated retirement date.
Why Participate in LIFE’s 401(k) Plan?
- It is a “free”’ benefit – LIFE pays all management fees
- It is an investment in YOUR future – prepare for your life after LIFE
- Create the financial ability to do all the things you want to do that you are putting off until after you are done working
- Pensions have ceased to exist and are no longer guaranteed, Social Security covers approximately 42% of your current income – there will likely be a gap.
- Decrease the amount of current taxes you pay
- Employee elective contributions are pre-tax dollars, therefore lower your gross pay and could affect your tax bracket
- You will pay taxes on the money when you withdraw it from the account, however, income tends to be lower during retirement, and therefore less tax are expected to be paid.
- Your elective contributions are 100% vested at all times
- Opportunity for “free” money (employer match or discretionary contribution) that you will not receive if you do not participate
- Vesting in employer contributions (match or discretionary) increases from 0% to 100% over 5 years
How do I participate?
Go here and follow the instructions listed.
What fund options are available and how to I know which ones to pick?
Personal consultations with a Lincoln Financial Group Representative will help you review your goals, examine your current status and progress toward your goals, review your fund performance, and recommend fund type based on your estimated retirement date.
How will contributing to my 401(k) plan affect my take-home pay?
Contributions are pre-tax dollars and therefore lower your overall taxable income. Your take-home pay will not decrease by the same amount as your contribution.
The effect on your take-home pay will be determined by your tax bracket.
To review how pre-tax elective contributions will affect your take-home pay, please contact Mario Bailey, Payroll Specialist, to schedule an appointment.
How does the Employer Match Contribution Work?
LIFE’s employer match will be activated for each quarter that the University meets or exceeds its enrollment goals. Enrollment numbers are determined on Tuesday of Week 2, and will be announced by Friday of Week 2 of each quarter.
If the enrollment goal is met for the quarter, LIFE will contribute $0.50 for every $1 of your elective contribution, up to 4% of your salary for that quarter.
How do I monitor my account?
Log into your account for up-to-date account balance and fund performance information and receive LFG quarterly statements
What happens if I leave Life University?
The vested balance of your 401(k) account may be rolled into your new employer’s qualified plan or a qualified personal IRA account.
Can I buy stamps here?
Stamps are available for purchase at Student Services (SHS Building) or the new Mail&GoTM postal kiosk located in the CUS lobby.
Do we have a UPS/FedEx account that I can use?
Our preferred outbound shipper is UPS. Designated personnel have been authorized UPS CampusShip® access and can ship packages for their departments. We do not provide our shipper account numbers for general use.
When are AP checks ready?
Checks are written every Thursday unless the University is closed for a holiday. Thanksgiving week the check run is on Tuesday in order to allow the checks to be mailed the same week.
When will I receive my reimbursement?
Reimbursements are done on a week by week basis. If it is received in the Accounts Payable office by Monday morning it will be included in that week’s check run, unless it is a holiday week.
When will this invoice be paid?
Invoices are paid 30 days from the date of invoice, unless approved for earlier payment by the EVP of Finance, or have been placed on the 30 day exception list (i.e. utilities, etc.).
Can you remember when we purchased this…?
All vendors can be searched in our system to see when we purchased a product and how much we paid for it.
Can you help me with my login?
The Purchasing Department can help with the login or password for Office Max, UPS or FedEx
Can you tell me if an invoice has been paid?
All vendors can be searched in our system to see if an invoice has been paid or when it will be paid.
Does my department/budget code have money for this?
Contact Amy McIlvane firstname.lastname@example.org for this information.
What is the balance in our club’s account?
Kim Wagner KWagner@life.edu can run a trial balance as requested for each club.
How do I get a credit card?
All requests for a LIFE credit card must go through Bill Jarr, EVP of Finance.
Who else needs to sign this PO?
The originator of the request and their direct supervisor according to the signature chart must sign off on PO’s. The PO may require additional signatures depending on the dollar amount of the PO and what is being purchased.
How do I look up my pay advice/paystub?
How do I enroll in Direct Deposit?
Fill out the form found under Forms and return to HR.
How do I sign up for the 401(k) program?
See Enrollment Information Under Retirement Plan.
Can you please verify this account for me?
Where do I pay tuition?
Whom should I go to in order to change the authorized officers for clubs and agencies for the students?
Where can I find payroll forms?
Forms & Policies
- Petty Cash Request– Use this form when requesting petty cash. Petty cash is considered to be $25 or less and will be available immediately once requested. Physical cash will be provided. Reimbursements over $25 should be requested on a formal requisition/purchase order, approved and signed by the department supervisor.
- Direct Deposit for Payroll– Use this form to enroll in direct deposit using DocuSign’s online submission process. All LIFE employees are required to enroll in direct deposit during the orientation process. Only your first pay will be issued on a paper check, which you will pick up in the Purchasing Department. All subsequent payroll payments will arrive via direct deposit.
- Attendance Verification Timesheet– Use this form if you have forgotten to submit hours electronically via Web Advisor. This form will need to be signed by the employee and direct supervisor and scanned by the supervisor to the Finance Department.
- Federal Withholding Form – W4
- G-4 – Georgia State Withholding Form
- MI-W4 – Michigan State Withholding Form
- W-9– Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. This form is required to be filled out by US vendors or individuals if the University will be paying them for goods or services rendered.
- W-8BEN– US Tax Withholding for Foreign Individuals. This form is required to be filled out by Foreign Individuals if they are to be paid by the University for goods or services rendered.
- W-8BENE– US Tax Withholding for Foreign Entities. This form is to be filled out by foreign entities or companies (not individuals) if they are to be paid by the University for goods or services rendered.
- Payroll Policy
- Travel/Expense Policy
- Cash Receipts Policy
- Petty Cash Policy