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Mileage

Overview

Mileage is calculated from a traveler’s designated headquarters to duty point or common carrier, and back to designated headquarters. Expenses for mileage between a traveler's residence and headquarters (commute) will not be reimbursed.

Coordination is encouraged for two or more employees traveling to the same duty point.


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  • Annual Mileage Rates

    • Texas State's maximum mileage reimbursement rates for 2022 are:

      • 62.5 cents per mile for travel occurring on or after July 1.
      • 58.5 cents per mile for travel occurring January 1-June 30.
    • Texas State's maximum mileage reimbursement rate for travel which occurred between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 was 56 cents per mile.


  • Refer to the Annual Mileage Rate section to determine the reimbursement rate for specific travel dates.

    Travelers requesting mileage reimbursement may select the following options for calculating mileage:

    • Vehicle odometer readings

      • Supporting documentation must be attached to the Expense Report

    • Concur built-in mileage calculator

  • When a traveler is authorized to drive a personally owned vehicle to or from a common carrier terminal, mileage may be reimbursed as follows:
    • One round trip, including parking for the duration of the trip; or
    • Two round trips, including short-term parking expenses, when a traveler is driven to a common carrier.
  • Use "Regular Gasoline Retail Price" U.S. rate.

    For your Trip Optimizer, choose the U.S. retail price provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration's weekly fuel update.

    Note: The rate approved on your travel request will be the rate applied to the dates of travel on your expense report.

  • Designated headquarters is the location of the traveler's permanent work assignment. Designated headquarters other than San Marcos or Round Rock must be approved by the Vice President of Finance & Support Services. Working remotely from home does not change your designated headquarters.

  • Travelers may request a mileage reimbursement for personal reasons even though air travel is the appropriate form of transportation, if such costs shall not exceed the cost of airfare.

    Airfare cost is based on the lowest regular coach fare available, plus transportation costs to and from the airport and estimated parking fees incurred, had the traveler opted to travel by air. The regular coach fare must be obtained from the university’s designated travel agency.

    To support the reimbursement, travelers should use the T-1 Transportation Cost Equivalency form provided on our Forms page.

  • Travelers may use a personally owned vehicle for university business if it is:

    • More cost effective than renting a car, taking a taxi, or other transportation methods, OR
    • Saves time.

    Those authorized to travel via a personally owned vehicle will be reimbursed in accordance with the standard mileage rate, which includes automobile expenses such as fuel, lubrication, towing charges, repairs, replacements, tires, depreciation, insurance, etc. These and other automobile expenses will not be reimbursed.

    When two or more persons traveling on university business share a personally owned vehicle, only the driver may claim reimbursement for mileage.

  • Parking and toll expenses are reimbursable when properly documented on the Expense Report. Receipts are the primary form of documentation, but the Tollsmart Calculator may also be used.

    For guidance, please review the Tollsmart Calculator Procedures.