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Employee Reimbursement System


To enter the Employee Reimbursement System (ERS) application, select Log In on the left above.

ERS is used to compensate employees and non-employees for expenses incurred while on travel status and to pay for group meal and meeting expenses.

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Per Diem Resources


As of July 1, 2015 all PSU reimbursements for CONUS Meals & Incidentals and OCONUS Meals, Incidentals & Lodging will be based on U.S. General Services Administration per diem policy. Travel Allowance calculations in ERS automatically follow the new per diem calculations for any itinerary added to a report.

  • Look up CONUS Per Diem Rates
    • CONUS lodging expense will continue to be reimbursed on the basis of the actual expense incurred.
    • Scroll to the right to find the M&IE (Meals & Incidentals) rate -- the last item in the line for the location.

Download the Per Diem Calculation Details Document

What if my destination is not listed in the GSA search results?


If the city is not listed, but the county is, then the per diem rate is the rate for that entire county. If the city and the county are not listed, then that location receives the standard CONUS location rate. All locations in ERS have been assigned a county.

Visit the National Association of Counties website at www.naco.org to determine the county a destination is located in.


Did you receive an e-mail that you have a Report Ready for Submission?

Follow these steps:


  1. Log in. Click green button in upper left corner.
  2. Click Expense tab.
  3. In Active Reports click on the report name of your report. (e-mail message contains the report name).
  4. Expenses are now displaying on the left side of the screen.
  5. Click Submit Report button in upper right side of screen.
  6. Next click Accept & Submit.
  7. Next click Close.
  8. You are finished. Close browser tab.

Downloadable Instructions for Submission

Do you need to set up a delegate for yourself?

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in.
  2. Click Profile in upper right corner of screen.
  3. Click Profile Settings.
  4. Click Expense Delegates on left side of screen in the Expense Settings section.
  5. Click Add button.
  6. In Search field type in last name or e-mail address of person that will be the delegate.
  7. Click on name in the Search Results.
  8. Name will be added to list.
  9. Click checkboxes for Can Prepare and Can View Receipts. NOTE: Do not select any other checkboxes unless you have been instructed to do so by someone in your department.
  10. Click Save button.
  11. You are finished. Close browser tab.

Downloadable Instructions for Add Delegate

Do you want to change the number of e-mail notifications you receive about status changes to your submitted reports?

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in.
  2. Click Profile in upper right corner of screen.
  3. Click Profile Settings.
  4. Click Expense Preferences on left side of screen in the Expense Settings section.
  5. Look for the Send email when . . . section.
  6. Uncheck all the checkboxes in this section.
  7. DO NOT edit any other section of this page.
  8. Click Save.
  9. You are finished. Close browser tab.

Downloadable Instructions for Notifications

Do you need to talk to an ERS Help Desk person? 814-863-9713

The ERS Help Desk is available by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM at 814-863-9713 or a request can be submitted by webform from our Contact Us page. A Help Desk Assistant can walk you through any tasks related to your ERS Expense Report.

ERS & onLion Travel Services

ERS is integrated with the onLion Travel Services Reservation System. ERS and onLion share a common home page. The Expense menu contains the functions for ERS. The Travel section is for onLion services. Travel Services Help Desk can be reached at travel@psu.edu or 814-865-0395.

University Travel Policy

ERS provides consistent application of the University travel policy. Exceptions to policy will be flagged by the system. Click here to view the University Travel Policy.