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Spending Transparency – Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Information

Why is the Medical University of South Carolina Posting its Spending Online?

The Medical University of South Carolina receives its funding from students, taxpayers, sponsors, donors, alumni, and related affiliates and is committed to being accountable to those constituent groups in the way it uses those funds. This website provides information for all expenses paid through the University's vendor system or with state-approved procurement credit cards.

The Medical University of South Carolina is collaborating with a pilot group of state colleges and universities and the Comptroller General's Office to improve spending transparency.

What Information is Available?

The website shows all expenses paid through the University's vendor system or with state-approved procurement credit cards. You can look at spending by month or by vendor, the amount spent, the source of the funds, the category of spending and the program that made the purchase. For more information, see How to Use this Site and Definitions.

Are Payroll Expenses Included?

No. Information about salaries can be found at the SC Department of Administration website consistent with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

Can I See More Information About How the Money Was Spent?

At this time it would require a significant investment in staff resources to research and post details about each purchase on this site. If you have a question about a specific expense, contact the spending transparency initiative at 843-792-1647.

How is the Medical University of South Carolina Funded by the State?

The University is considered two agencies by the State: a teaching and research university that receives funding for Education and General spending and a South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium which receives funding to help improve the health of South Carolina’s citizens.

What are Restricted & Unrestricted Funds?

Restricted funds are designated by law or internally for specific purposes. Unrestricted funds which can be used for any allowable expenses under state and university guidelines. For more information, see How to Use this Site and Definitions.

What are Non-State Appropriated Funds?

Those are funds that are raised through tuition or other student fees (University Generated Funds), funds raised through departmental activities and services (Departmentally Generated Education and General Funds), unrestricted funds generated from grants and contract activity, or funds raised through student activities (Student Activities and Organizations).