A purchasing transaction is complete only after the goods or services have been received and the supplier has been paid. When a PO is issued, the department/university assumes responsibility to make sure the vendor is paid within an appropriate period of time. By issuing a PO, funds are properly encumbered and set-aside to pay these obligations. The encumbrance ensures that the required funding is available. Accounts Payable (AP) FMH 5th floor pays all invoices for Fordham University.
When a Purchase Order is used to complete a transaction with a vendor, payment of the invoice is simple. If the Vendor Invoice has the Purchase Order number, the invoice is signed by the appropriate signatory and sent to the Accounts Payable Department. If the invoice does indicate the Purchase Order number on it, please write in the appropriate number and then the Accounts Payable Department will process it against the Purchase Order, liquidating the funds, and paying the vendor. There is no need to send a Check Request.
If the payment is for a Partial Payment, please mark “Partial” on the invoice. “Final” will close out the Purchase Order and liquidate all funds pending in the encumbrance.
Please highlight or circle the Purchase Order Number for faster processing.
Check Requests sent without referencing Purchase Order numbers will not liquidate funds from the encumbrance. Please note the PO number – if using a check request.
If you have an invoice over $5,000., please attach it to a Requisition for payment and processing. Note: Since payment terms often allow discounts for promptness, it is imperative that these approved invoices are processed without delay. Doing so ensures that the department ordering the item receives the prompt payment discount.
Pending and unpaid invoices can cause a vendor to stop shipments to other Fordham departments and to also cause negative results on the Fordham University Credit Reports.
Please send Invoices to the Accounts Payable Department promptly! The Accounts Payable Department needs time to process.