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Employees traveling on University business are eligible for reimbursement for their personal meal expenses. Employees may choose to submit receipts for their actual meal expenses or they may opt to use the per diem rate; they cannot combine both methods on the same trip. Actual meal expenses will be reimbursed only up to the maximum amount of the per diem rate.

International Per Diem Rates

Please use the current U.S. Department of State rates for reimbursement of expenses not included in conference registration fees (such as meals).

Domestic Per Diem Rates

The daily per diem meal allowance rate for University of Massachusetts employees traveling on university business will correspond with the current rates listed by the General Services Administration (GSA) for meals and incidentals only. GSA establishes the maximum CONUS (Continental United States) per diem rates for federal travel customers.

NOTE: The GSA website also lists locality hotel/lodging reimbursement rates; at this time, the University of Massachusetts only utilizes the GSA's published rates for per diem expenses. Hotel and lodging will continue to be reimbursed per the effective travel policy.

Tips and other incidentals will not be reimbursed separately to university employees. Furthermore, please note that the per diem allowance will not be granted to travelers that are provided meals as part of their official university business.

For travel to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories and Possessions and all international travel, use U.S. Department of State per diem rates.

For questions, please contact or call the Travel Office at Ext. 978-934-2400.