University of Minnesota  Procedure

Making Payments Using Prepaid Debit Cards


Expand all


Table of Contents

TOC placeholder


Please use the contact section in the governing policy.

Introduction and Purpose:

Funds are added to Prepaid Debit Cards (PPDC), online, using the ClinCard Portal. It is recommended to request a new study/program a minimum of one week in advance to ensure it is created and the required reloadable prepaid debit cards are available.

The primary recipients for PPDC to pay stipends and travel reimbursements are:

  • Human participants
  • Students
  • Non employees

Purchasing Services reserves the right to charge back any card or load fee that has been incurred on returned or unused cards.

Users with access to the portal who have not logged in for 6 months will be removed. Access to the portal will also be removed when a study/program is canceled or closed and user has not logged into any other active study/program within the portal. Access can be reactivated if a new study/program is initiated or if user submits a request to regain access.

Access to the prepaid debit card portal will be reviewed annually during the financial systems/data access review. Cluster Directors will indicate, to confirm accuracy at that time, if listed individuals should continue to have access at the level indicated or if the individual should be removed.

Department Procedures:

New study/program request:

  1. Complete the PPDC Form (DOCX)

    Helpful Hints:

    • Will the participant be paid $600 or greater for this study/program in a single calendar year?

      Please state yes or no. Selecting yes requires social security number as well as a W-9 from the participant to comply with IRS reporting requirements.

    • Requested number of cards:

      Enter the quantity of cards needed for the first three months of the study/program. Additional cards may be requested as needed. At completion of the study/program all unused cards must be returned to Purchasing. Cards distributed are study/program specific and should not be shared with other departments. If one department has multiple studies/programs they are able to use their cardstock as needed across all of their studies/programs.

    • Stipend description and payment amounts

      The stipend (or visit) information can be set up in advance. This allows the study coordinator to easily pay the participants. All amounts entered as stipends for the study/program are considered preapproved. Amounts will be loaded onto the prepaid debit card without requiring further approval. Once a stipend is paid, it will no longer be available for selection for that specific participant. Please enter in order of occurrence.

    • System access to the study/program:

      Enter the information in this section to grant access to the ClinCard Portal for the individual study/program. A study coordinator cannot also be an approver for the same study/program.

      1. Study Coordinator: Will register participants, assign cards, pay stipends and pay travel reimbursement.
      2. Approver: Will review and approve miscellaneous and reimbursement payments.
      3. Reporting: Allow user to run and view reports on specific study/program within ClinCard.
  2. Create a Blanket Requisition using supplier number PPDC and attach the completed PPDC Form to the requisition. The requisition should include one line for participant payments and an additional line if travel reimbursements will be made. Save and submit the requisition.
  3. Purchasing will email the department upon final approval that the study/program has been entered and will arrange for card delivery or pick up. The study/program will then be available for study coordinators to add participants and issue payments. Login credentials will be emailed to the portal users. Instructions on portal use will be available upon login to the ClinCard portal under the support tab.
  4. Purchasing will enter receipts bi-weekly into EFS and invoice in Perceptive Content to reconcile issued payments.
  5. Cluster’s voucher specialist will add a new voucher and select “Copy From PO Receipt”.Search for PO then select all lines and copy. Complete voucher entry and save.

Update a Study/Program within the Portal:

A revised PPDC form is required if changes are needed to an existing study/program or if additional prepaid debit cards are needed for an existing study/program. Enter only the information on the form that is changing for the study/program. Only the PI/Requestor listed on the original PPDC form can modify

  • Email the revised PPDC form to [email protected]. Purchasing will make the requested revisions per the submitted form.
  • If additional cards are needed email the request to [email protected]. Purchasing will need the requested # of cards, the study name, and if you’d like the cards sent by campus mail or if you’d like to pick them up at WBOB.
  • Enter a PO Change Order if the PO total requires additional funding. Departments do not need to attach a revised PPDC form if the only PO changes include the chart string or PO dollar amount.

When completing the PPDC Form with applicable changes:

  1. Study or Program Name: This is mandatory. Please enter this information so the changes are made to the correct study/program.
  2. Estimated Number of Cards: This must be completed if you are requesting additional cards for the study/program. If no cards are needed simply type “0”.
  3. For the rest of the form, only enter information that needs to be changed.

If users need to be added or removed from the portal please submit the Revise PPDC Portal Access form (DOCX) and email to [email protected]. Only the PI/Requestor listed on the original PPDC form can modify or request access.

Monitoring Card Inventory:

  • Cards are distributed to study coordinators on a per study/program basis. Study coordinators may request the estimated number of cards needed (Purchasing recommends requesting inventory for 3 months). Additional cards may be requested when needed.
  • Departments should not open the prepaid debit card envelopes so that the card # remains confidential to the cardholder. The envelope can be handed to a participant or placed in another envelope for mailing.
  • Cards may not be shared between departments and must be kept in a secure place. However, a participant may be paid for more than one study/program on the same card. If a department has more than one study/program they may use their cardstock across all of their active studies/programs. Purchasing Services may request to verify a department's card inventory at any time so it is very important that a department tracks the number of cards received and the number of cards used.
  • Once a study/program has been completed, any remaining inventory must be returned to Purchasing Services.