As a recipient of revenue (cash, check or Credit Card payments) you are responsible for recording these transactions to your departmental accounts and the University’s Bank accounts.

All Departments classified as direct depositors are required to enter Cash Reports directly into PRISM. Once PRISM access and security has been granted, the following instructions should be adhered to in order to ensure the proper reporting of revenue and expedite the bank reconciliation process. To ensure that all revenue is recorded in the month it is received, cash reports must be input the same day or the day following your deposit or transacting of credit card payments.

Once a department has been approved by the Office of the Treasurer as a direct depositor, a new responsibility will be created in PRISM by the Budget and Financial Reporting Department and will become one of the General Ledger Responsibility menu options. Account security attached to this responsibility will allow access to departmental accounts and subcodes related to the department’s cash report entries as well as the required University cash accounts – AMX, CID, GME, GPN, and PCC. Training will be provided by FIS – Financial Information Systems.

The PRISM General Ledger screens used for the entry of cash reports will be the same screens as those used for IDC and NSCT entries. *Complete one Cash Report for each day’s deposit. Do not combine multiple days on a Cash Report unless previously authorized to do so by the General Accounting Department. Specific field information will change based on the document type. The following are the changes required for the data entry of cash reports.

Batch Name

Cash batch names must follow the standard batch naming convention used for all General Ledger entries.

In order to simplify BATCH naming conventions, beginning July 1, 2017, all BATCH names related to online cash reports that apply to July business and forward (excluding those processed by the Student Payment Center) should now begin with DDCR (i.e. DDCR 00100 MAL 7-1). All Journal fields, including Journal Line Descriptions, remain the same.

Batch Control Total

When entering a cash report batch, a “1” should be placed in the BATCH CONTROL TOTAL as is the procedure for all other batch types entered into PRISM. Once the cash report batch has been successfully completed and approved, change the batch control total FROM “1” TO “2” (omit quotes). This will identify the batch as complete and will prompt the review process by General Accounting.

Journal Name

The department name or Regional Campus abbreviation MUST be entered in this field. Additional information may follow the department name or regional campus abbreviation. “Additional information” may include the six-digit bank location number provided by the Office of the Treasurer. Use this “Journal Name” format for ALL cash report batches.

Effective Date

The “Effective Date” MUST be changed to the deposit date related to the cash deposit for that day. DO NOT combine more than one day of cash activity or credit card activity on a single journal page, with the exception of those departments previously approved to combine cash and credit transactions on the same cash report.

  • If you are recording credit card activity only, you MUST change the “Effective Date” to match the date of the balancing or settlement report.
  • If you are recording Lock Box items, you MUST change the “Effective Date” to match the date of the advice received from the bank.
Cash Report for Correction Items

When entering a cash report correction item or an omitted item pertaining to a prior month, change the “Effective Date” to the first day of the period in which you are entering the item.

Example: If the item relates to a June 2017 deposit and you are entering it in the July 2017 period, the “Effective Date” should be changed to 01-JUL-17.

Journal Control Total

Enter the amount of the cash report.  Total Debits MUST EQUAL Total Credits which MUST EQUAL the Journal Control Total.

Reference (Optional)

Assign a unique sequential identifier (numeric or alpha-numeric combination) to each Cash Report. The information supplied in the reference field will appear on your departmental Level I Report. This unique identifier will facilitate inquiries by both your department and General Accounting.

Prepared by

Input the preparer’s name and phone number.

Approved by

Input the authorizer’s name and phone number.

Account Number

When entering the transactions related to the various University cash accounts, open the list of values box by clicking on the [∙∙∙] in the account number field.  You will then be prompted to provide an “alias.”  In the alias box, type the appropriate three character bank ID, (CID, PCC, etc.) as done on the paper copy of the cash report.  Select “OK.”  The corresponding 32-digit University cash account number will populate the field.  Be sure to select the bank ID (cash account) which correctly relates to the entry.

Bank ID Account Type PRISM Account Number
AMX  American Express 02.00010.1051.00000.000000.00000.00000
CID University General Deposits- Citizens 02.00010.1029.00000.000000.00000.00000
GME BNY Mellon Lock Box 02.00010.1001.00000.000000.00000.00000
GPN University General Deposits- PNC Bank 02.00010.1044.00000.000000.00000.00000
PCC Visa/MasterCard and Discover Card 02.00010.1046.00000.000000.00000.00000


Note:  If you are recording Sales Tax, use the alias STAX in the account field for this line item.  The Sales Tax account number is:  02.03020.2000.18141.000000.00000.00000.

Debit Column

You must enter one debit to the appropriate cash account (one or more of the Bank IDs noted above) for each corresponding deposit slip, lockbox deposit or Credit Card balancing or settlement report for that particular deposit date or Credit Card settlement date.  Your debit to the appropriate cash account (one or more of the Bank IDs noted above) must equal the amount the bank will post on the bank statement (the amount imprinted on the deposit ticket or shown on the lockbox report or Credit Card Balancing or settlement report.)

DO NOT combine multiple deposit ticket amounts in one debit amount on the Cash Report. Likewise, do not break down one bank deposit into several smaller amounts. Doing so makes it difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile the amounts recorded in the general ledger to the amount recorded in the bank statements.

Credit Column

Credit – Enter the dollar distributions to the appropriate Departmental Account/s. Only one amount, either debit or credit, may be entered per line item.

Line Description

Enter the appropriate line descriptions relating to the revenue applied to your departmental accounts.  Only the first 25 characters will appear on your Level Report. Using the following format, the description for the cash line should include the deposit Bank ID or credit card type:

  • 7/10/2017 CID (Deposit Date followed by Bank ID)
  • 7/10/2017 GME Lock Box
    (Advice date followed by GME Lock Box.  This is different from the Instructions referenced above.  Each Lock Box advice MUST BE RECORDED AS A SEPARATE LINE ITEM on the cash report for the appropriate date.
  • 7/10/2017 PCC
    (Settlement date from credit card Balancing or Settlement Report followed by credit card type, i.e. AMX for American Express and PCC for Visa/MasterCard and Discover Card)

The following are the University of Pittsburgh cash account and credit card type abbreviations:

  • AMX American Express - PNC Bank
  • AMX WEB - American - Web - PNC Bank
  • CID - University General Deposit - Citizens
  • GME - University General Deposit - BNY Mellon
  • GPN - University General Deposit - PNC Bank
  • PCC - Visa/Mastercard and Discover Card - PNC Bank
  • PCC WEB- Visa/Mastercard and Discover Card Web - PNC Bank

If you are entering a correction or omitted item from a previous month, use the original date of deposit, credit card settlement, or Lock Box advice in the line description, the bank ID, card type, or GME Lock Box followed by the word “Correction” if applicable.  Add the word CORRECTION to the end of the BATCH name as well.

Note: When recording Sales Tax items, the line description must begin with the word TAX.

Finalize Batch
  • Review the journal for accuracy.
  • Change the batch control from “1” TO “2” (do not include quotes).
  • SAVE THE BATCH BY CLICKING THE SAVE ICON (yellow disk) located on the tool bar.
Generate the Journals-General Report
  • From the Navigator window, select Requests: Submit.
  • Once the "Submit a New Request window opens", click OK.
  • Click on the List of Values for the Name field.  Choose Journals-General (180 Char). Click OK.
  • Enter the following parameters.  Enter all or part of the Batch Name (remember to use uppercase characters).  The % sign is a wild card character that can stand for single characters or groups of characters.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Submit.
  • The Request window will open.
  • Click Refresh Data until the Phase field says Completed.
  • Click View Output.  The report will display.
  • Click Tools, Copy File.  A copy of the report is made in Internet Explorer.
  • Click File, Page Setup.  Change Orientation to Landscape.
  • Click File, Print to print a hard copy of the Report.

As a recipient of revenue, you are responsible for the monthly reconciliation of your Cash Reports to your monthly Level I Report to ensure that each Cash Report has been input and properly credited to your department. An additional reconciliation for Credit Card transactions is required. Refer to Instructions for Transacting Credit Card Payments.