Chart of Accounts

All Syracuse University financial transactions and activities (e.g., buying and paying for goods, services, etc.; getting reimbursed for business and travel expenses; managing funds; etc.) utilize the chart of accounts accounting structure.

Example of an SU Chartstring:

Business Unit








Budget Ref***

* All chartstrings contain these chartfields.
**Available for departmental use only, not required.
***Always required for sponsored projects.

Each segment of the chart of accounts is called a “chartfield.” All segments together is called the “chartstring.”

Business Unit (required field and is defaulted for all transactions)
The business unit is the legal business entity for which financial statements are reported at the end of a fiscal year.

Fund (required field)
The fund is defined as a self-balancing group of chartfield strings, established for unique budgeting, funding, accounting (including external financial reporting), and operational requirements.  The Fund always contains 2 digits.

Fund Description
11 Current Operations
13 Sponsored Restricted
14 Unrestricted Designated Net Assets
15 Unrestricted Gift Funded “Restricted” Non-Sponsored
16 Unrestricted Endowment Funded “Restricted” Non-Sponsored
17 Temporarily Restricted Gift Funded Non-Sponsored
18 Temporarily Restricted Endowment Funded Non-Sponsored
19 Permanently Restricted Non-Sponsored
51 Unrestricted Endowment
52 Temporarily Restricted Endowment
53 Permanently Restricted Endowment
71 Unrestricted Loan Fund
72 Temporarily Restricted Loan Fund
73 Permanently Restricted Loan Fund
81 Unrestricted Split Interest Agreements
82 Temporarily Restricted Split Interest Agreements
83 Permanently Restricted Split Interest Agreements

Note: Typically a campus department will only utilize funds 11, 13, 15, and 16 for their activity.

Department (required field)
A department is generally defined as an academic or administrative unit that has a common programmatic, operational, and fiscal (including budgetary) responsibility. A department listing can be found in the FAB Repository via My Slice My Reports. Department is always a five digit numeric value (the first three digits designate the area).

Program (required field)
The program is defined as a group of common ongoing activities for which financial activity needs to be tracked and budgeted. These activities may occur within a single department or across multiple departments. Unique activities for which financial information needs to be tracked will also be accommodated here. Program is always a five digit numeric value.

Account (required field)
The account is always a six digit numeric value and is defined as the natural classification of financial transactions used for recording and summarizing assets, liabilities, net assets, revenues or expenses. (e.g., travel, office supplies, salary, etc.). A complete account listing can be found in the FAB Repository via My Slice My Reports. Find select lists of revenue accounts, non-payroll expense accounts, and payroll expense accounts.

MYCODE (optional field)
The MyCode is strictly an optional field to be used for any special tracking needs the owner of the chartfield may have. See update a MyCode description or setup a new MyCode for more information regarding the assignment and use of MyCodes. MyCode is always a six digit numeric value.

New MyCodes may be set up by the budget manager (or appropriate designee) in each area. Contact your budget manager if you have a new MyCode request.

Project (required for Sponsored transactions)
The project ID number is a unique value used to accumulate financial and budget transactions and track project/sponsor data. These numbers are sequentially assigned by the PeopleSoft system as grants/contracts are set up. A sponsored award can have one or more projects. This provides the functionality for “sub accounts.”  Project is always a five digit numeric value.

Activity (required for Sponsored transactions)
The project activity is used to further breakdown a project or task. A project can have one or more of these activities. This provides the functionality for “sub accounts.” Activity is always a three digit numeric value.

Budget Reference (required for Sponsored transactions)
The budget reference indicates the sponsored budget year of the transaction. Budget reference is always a two digit numeric value.

Requesting New Chartstrings

To request a new general ledger/budget chartfield (e.g., program, department), send an email to Ann Marziale, Director of General Accounting. Visit request a new chartstring for more information.

To Request a New Sponsored Project/Activity/Budget Reference

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists University faculty and staff with submission of proposals for external support of research, scholarship, education and training, and service/outreach activities. Responsibilities include assuring that submitted proposals conform to University policies and sponsor guidelines, and if funded, that projects are compliant with sponsor requirements.  For additional information, please visit OSP’s website.

Requesting Access to Chartstrings

To request access to your chartstrings, enter a FAB FAST Request.