EFFECTIVE DATE: September 09, 2020
ISSUE #: 5
PRESIDENT: Dr. Antonio Tillis (Interim)
This document outlines the limitations on procurements requiring advance payment. This
document applies to all University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) departments and to
purchases utilizing all university funds except agency funds (ledger 9).
2.1 Advance Payment (or Advance Pay): Payment that is required by the vendor before
actual delivery of the goods or services.
2.2 Pro Forma Invoice: An invoice or statement provided prior to receipt of the goods or
service (possibly prior to ordering), therefore, involving no liability on the part of the
3.1 Advance payment restrictions are subject to the guidelines of the Comptroller of Public Accounts and all other state, federal, and university restrictions.
3.2 Generally, state regulations restrict payments of state funds to only those suppliers for
whom certification can be made, that goods have been received, or services rendered.
3.3 Under the limited circumstances outlined in this policy and depending upon the source
of funds to be used and the justification of need, university departments are allowed to
make payments in advance of receiving the goods or services.
3.4 Advance payments for goods and services are limited to the situations listed below.
3.4.1 Books and other published library materials, if reasonably necessary for the
efficient operations of the university library
3.4.2 Purchases of merchandise from federal agencies or other state agencies, provided
advance payment will expedite the delivery of the merchandise
3.4.3 Payment of rent for leased space no more than seven (7) days before the payment
3.4.4 Newspaper or periodical and magazine subscriptions up to six (6) weeks in
advance of the renewal date
3.4.5 Registration fee or rental fees for a meeting room or exhibit booth, as long as
advance payment would serve a legitimate public purpose (any cost savings,
limited enrollment, etc.)
3.4.6 Purchase of real property during the seven (7) days before the closing date, if the
university delivers the warrant to the seller no earlier than the closing date
3.4.7 Annual maintenance agreements for services to be rendered in the same fiscal
year for which the funds are budgeted
3.4.8 When there is a legitimate public purpose for making the payment in advance
(i.e., that advance payment saves university funds and/or the only or preferred
vendor requires advance payment)
3.4.9 The Comptroller will create a state warrant (i.e., check) for the purchase of real
property within seven (7) days of the closing date as long as the state warrant is
not presented to the seller until the closing date.
3.5 The Education Code Sec. 62.021 prohibits the expenditure of Higher Education
Assistance Fund (HEAF) monies for goods or services before their delivery. None of the
listed allowable exceptions apply to HEAF.
3.6 Advance payment for goods and services to be made from sponsored project funds are
subject to the restrictions of the granting agency.
3.7 For any advance payment, adequate documentation with the purchase document (i.e., pro
forma invoice, order form stating requirement for advance payment, letter from the
4.1 If a payment qualifies under the advance payment restrictions, it may be requested
through proper submission of a Purchase Voucher or a Purchase Requisition, as
4.2 Indication that advance payment is requested must be made by noting “ADVANCE
PAYMENT REQUESTED” on the Purchase Requisition or Purchase Voucher. In
addition, the purpose and benefit statement should cite the applicable allowable situation
and/or legitimate public purpose to be served by advance payment.
4.3 Adequate written documentation of the requirement for advance payment must be
provided. The documentation may take the form of one of the following:
4.3.1 Pro forma invoice
4.3.2 Order form noting that advance payment is required
4.3.3 Letter from vendor
4.4 The College, Division, or Department Administrator initiating the procurement is
responsible for verifying and documenting receipt of the goods procured through the
advance payment process. If goods procured through an advance payment are not
received, the administrator should notify the Purchasing Department or Accounts
Responsible Party (Reviewer): Executive Director, Budgets, Procurement and Contracts
Review: Every three years on or before August 1st
Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations.
Issue #1: 11/01/99
Issue #2: 08/12/10
Issue #3: 09/16/14
Issue #4: 03/19/18 – Reaffirmed as Issue #5
Comptroller of Public Accounts