TESSA – Reimbursement

Reimbursements are Available for Academic Speakers Only

Please pay any expenses you consider to be eligible for reimbursement. In order to submit for reimbursement, please complete our expense reimbursement form and submit it along with original receipts to the address below. Please make copies of your receipts for your records.

Please include your home address if you would like the reimbursement made to Tiffany Lam. Reimbursements requests must be submitted no later than 10 days following the completion of the trip or of incurring the expense.

Downloadable Reimbursement Form

Reimbursement Request attention to:

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave., 302 ST.
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-373-2976
Fax: 617-373-8627

Guidelines for Eligible Reimbursements

Reimbursement will be provided for actual, reasonable, and proper expenditures. Such expenditures shall be reasonable in amount and proper in nature and the purpose of the expense shall conform to sound, ethical and legal standards of conduct.  “Reasonable” is defined as that which enables an individual to live comfortably, but not extravagantly while away from home.  Individuals are expected to exercise the care normally exercised while operating on their own funds while recognizing that reimbursement is coming from a government grant and is restricted as such.  Reimbursement will not be given to provide travel or related expenses to an individual whose comparable expenses are being defrayed by his/her employer or by some third party.

Receipts are required for all expenditures; any unusual items or amounts must be fully explained.  Incorrect documentation may result in delay or non-reimbursement of specific items.


Airfare costs will only be reimbursed for up to $500 + tax.

Any round-trip airfare over $500 must be approved in advance. Please remember the Fly America Act, as enacted by Congress, mandates that individuals use FAA-certified airlines headquartered in the United States on travel funded by the U.S. Government.


Hotel costs will be reimbursed for the night of August 4th for up to $209+ tax/night. 

If academic speakers at TESSA02 are also members of the Leadership Committee and attending the Leadership Meeting on August 5th, hotel costs will be reimbursed for both the nights of August 4th and 5th for the $209 rate.


Individuals are expected to exercise good judgment when ordering meals. Personal meals are allowable for only those meals not provided by the event.  Alcohol is not a reimbursable expense.

Local Transportation

The use of public transportation (buses and subway), airport shuttles and taxis are the preferred mode of transportation; make sure to ask for a receipt if one is not offered.  Properly documented parking fees and toll charges are allowable.  Rental vehicles should not be used unless the cost is less than that of other available transportation, or the circumstances make a rental car the only reasonable means of travel.


Mileage is only reimbursed if documentation is provided showing that use of the personal vehicle is less expensive than renting a car, taking a taxi, or using alternate transportation.  Mileage is reimbursed at the rate established by the IRS. This mileage allowance is in lieu of actual expenses such as gas.  To be reimbursed for mileage, you must provide locations traveled to and from and total mileage.

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