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Accounts Payable

The Swarthmore College accounts payable team is a group of dedicated professionals whose focus is to process payments to our suppliers, faculty, staff, and students in a courteous, timely, and professional manner. They seek to provide excellence in customer service and ensure compliance with College policies and procedures.

Important Accounts Payable Update

Swarthmore College is pleased to be partnered with FIS Integrated Payables. Implementation of the new and improved AP payment process for suppliers was implemented during the summer of 2018.  FIS provides suppliers with access to electronic payment as well as facilitates check payments.
For general questions about the College's program with FIS Integrated Payables, contact Beth Baksi. For assistance in registering for credit card or ACH payments, contact the FIS Integrated Payables Support Team at 866-717-5008.

W-9 Forms

The Internal Revenue Service requires the College to obtain W9 forms from our suppliers. W9 forms must be received by the accounts payable office before a purchase order can be initiated or before payments can be made. Please submit W9 forms to

Sales and Use Tax

The College is generally exempt from Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax. Tax exemption forms may be obtained by emailing your request to

Invoices and Correspondence

Unless otherwise directed, send invoice to address shown in the "ship to" field of the PO and address all correspondence to the requisitioner. Reference the purchase order number on all invoices, packing slips, bills of lading, credit slips, return authorizations, and correspondence. Suppliers are expected to render separate invoices for each purchase order. All items on invoice must coordinate with item numbers shown on this purchase order. Invoices must show:
  • The College’s
    • Purchase order number (if applicable) MUST be included on all invoices otherwise it will cause a delay in payment.
    • Requisitioner's name
    • Ship-to location
  • Supplier’s
    • Complete name and remittance address (Note that if the name of vendor on the invoice will be other than that shown on the face of this purchase order, both names must be indicated on the invoice)
    • Invoice date
    • Unique invoice number
    • Complete description of goods/services delivered
    • Quantity delivered
    • Unit price and extensions
    • Current amount due
    • Include discount options (if applicable)


The standard payment term for the College is Net 30 unless otherwise agreed in writing by the College in advance of the purchase.

PA NEW Nonresident Withholding Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2018, and in compliance with Act 43 of 2017 for the State of Pennsylvania, the College is required to remit to the state taxes for Pennsylvania-source non-employee compensation or business income by withholding from such payments an amount equal to the tax rate (currently, 3.07%). For more information, see the Business Office's Requesting Payments website.

Interest Charge for Unpaid Invoices

Unless these terms are indicated on your acknowledgement of an order prior to the invoice being issued, interest charges will not be accepted by the College.