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Per Diem

Directive Statement

The University of Florida’s per diem rate is up to $80 per day ($20 per quarter) for both foreign and domestic travel.  Per Diem is paid in lieu of meals and lodging.

The quarters are as follows:

  • 1st quarter starts @ 12:00 a.m.
  • 2nd quarter starts @ 6:00 a.m.
  • 3rd quarter starts @ 12:00 p.m.
  • 4th quarter starts @ 6:00 p.m.

If the traveler is in any portion of that quarter they will receive that quarterly allowance of $20.

Travelers are allowed up to 1 day on domestic travel and 2 days on foreign travel to reach destination and return from destination if needed.

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Reason for Directive

In certain cases, it may not be practical or possible to establish actual reimbursable expenses for lodging and/or meals. In such cases, a per diem charge in lieu of actual expenses may be reimbursed.

Per diem reimbursement for these expenses is the payment to the traveler of a fixed amount per day to cover the cost of lodging and/or meals.

Who must comply?

All UF departments.

Per Diem Allowance (in lieu of actual expenditures)

With a per diem allowance, the traveler is not required to provide documentation and an itemization of actual lodging.

Meals and/or lodging may not be claimed in combination with per diem.  All meals provided to the traveler must be deducted from the per diem rate of $80 per day.

Last Reviewed

03/31/2023: reviewed content


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