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Payment Options

A brief description on the different ways to be paid by UC San Diego. Click on a payment option to learn more about that specific option.

Preferred Payment Option

Preferred Payment Options may be requested through Payment Compass during supplier onboarding.

Virtual Card

  • Terms net 0 
  • Advanced email notification of payments
  • Available to suppliers that accept VISA
  • Standard Credit Card processing fees apply

Standard Payment Options

Standard Payment Options may be requested through Payment Compass during supplier onboarding. 


Checks 1%, net 20

  • Terms discount 1%, net 20 
  • Risky payment option

Checks, net 30 (default payment option)

  • Terms net 30
  • Risky payment option
  • Slowest payment receipt

Wires (for foreign suppliers only)

  • Standard payment method for suppliers with foreign bank accounts who do not accept other payment options
  • Payees may be charged a transaction fee 

Third-Party ACH Option


Paymode-X is not offered on Payment Compass. Paymode-X will initiate supplier campaigns to transition payees to their network. (This option is offered after Payment Compass onboarding process is complete.)

  • Third-party payment network
  • Terms net 30
  • Payment issued via ACH/Direct Deposit
  • Supplier pays standard transaction fees
  • If a supplier expresses interest in this option, please refer the supplier to the IPPS Paymode-X page for more information

Human Subject Payment Options

Payment options for human subjects may be requested through Concur.

Vanilla Visa Gift Card

  • Pre-paid, non-reloadable VISA cards available in denominations of $20-$500. Initial loading fee of $1.15 per gift card applies.
  • Gift cards cannot be canceled or returned after issuance 
  • Departments are responsible for all incurred charges


Note: In support of campus-wide initiatives to become more virtual, paperless and cashless, IPPS has discontinued the issuance of new Scrip as of June 19th, 2020. You may continue to distribute any current Scrip you have on hand.

Note: Scrip dated June 30th, 2018 and prior are no longer negotiable.

  • Similar to a check, but the payee name is not printed 
  • Issued by departments or requested by a Department Coordinator

Employee Payment Options

Employee payment options may be requested through Payment Compass during supplier onboarding. 

Direct Deposit

  • Direct Deposit for non-payroll related expenses 


  • For payees who do not accept any other payment method

What are net terms?

Net terms is an agreement between two parties that a payment of the entire invoice amount is required within a certain time period. At UC San Diego, the net terms vary on the payment method selected. For example:

Check - Net 30

Virtual Card - Net 0

Please remember that Accounts Payable generally processes on a Net 30 cycle. This means that Invoices and Payment Requests should be submitted with the understanding that a payment should go out within 30 days from the Invoice Date and/or the Request Submittal Date (i.e. on the Services & Support ticket). There are many times a payment may be issued faster than that 30 day cycle; however, that is typically determined by negotiated terms with select Suppliers and/or the automation within Oracle to issue payments in the next regularly scheduled payment batch upon validation and approvals. We respectfully ask that you plan ahead and be cognizant of standard processing times. Please also keep this in mind when you are looking up the status of Invoices/Payments. The Invoice may be validated and approved but a payment may not be issued until the Due Date (e.g. Invoice Date is August 29, 2020, is Approved by September 10, 2020, but isn’t Due until September 29, 2020, so a check is printed September 22, 2020).


Need help? Contact our team via the UC San Diego Services & Support portal.

Additional Resources

For supplier-related questions, please refer them to the IPPS Payments and Invoicing Page to get more information on their options.