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Business and Financial Policies and Procedures

8.8.2 Request Payment by Wire Transfer

Policy Statement

Wire transfers or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) are options for payments where there are legal/contractual requirements or international payments. International electronic transfers (Foreign Wires) are more secure than foreign checks (drafts). The following should also be noted:

  • It is very important that the information to make an electronic funds transfer is accurate. Misdirected funds may never be recovered.
  • Wire requests should rarely be used to expedite payment or payments under $1,000. In most cases, a vendor can be paid quicker by P-Card, Check or ACH.
  • Domestic wire transfers will not be approved unless a valid business reason for the wire is documented.


To request payment by wire transfer:

  1. Complete an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form. The information on the form helps Cash Management - a unit of Treasury Operations - determine the appropriate electronic transaction type for timely delivery and lowest cost. If you are not sure how to complete the form or your transaction is complex, consult Instructions on how to properly complete an Electronic Fund Transfer Form or contact Cash Management at 217-333-6244.
  2. Complete the appropriate standard document for payment:
  3. Attach any supporting documents to substantiate the validity of the transaction. Supporting documentation includes, but is not limited to, a receipt, vendor's invoice, contract, banking instructions, etc.
  4. Obtain signatures as directed on the forms. Retain all original forms in your financial records.
  5. Submit the form and supporting documents via email to Please keep the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form as your first document so UPAY can recognize the transaction as a wire transfer.
  6. UPAY and Cash Management process electronic funds transfers when received or on the requested transfer date, subject to the availability of funds and/or financial institution wire transfer deadlines.

19 Contracts

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
Request a General Encumbrance/Wire Transfer Payment
Purchase Order Special Payment Request Form

Instructions on how to properly complete an Electronic Fund Transfer Form
University Payables Training Materials

Last Updated: September 25, 2018 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance | Effective: September 2012

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