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8.6.2 Request Payment for Honoraria

Policy Statement

An honorarium is a monetary token of appreciation for participation in an activity. It is not a contractual obligation to pay for services rendered. Honoraria cannot be paid to a University employee or to an organization (see 8.1.4 Determine the Allowability of Gifts, Prizes, and Awards to Individuals for guidance on processing cash gifts to employees). The University of Illinois System reports honorarium payments to the IRS on Form 1099-MISC.

Payments for more than $5,000 are considered professional and artistic services, not honoraria. Consult your university Purchasing Division for assistance.

Confirm the recipient is a U.S. citizen or resident alien. If they are not, consult Payments to Foreign Nationals for instructions on requesting payment.

Determine whether the payee has a Banner vendor number. For step-by-step instructions, consult the Banner Vendor ID and Address Query job aid. If the payee does not have a Banner vendor number, consult 8.5 Vendor Setup and Maintenance.


To request payment for honoraria:

  1. Log in to Chrome River. In the Invoices ribbon select +Create
  2. Proceed through the screens. Select "154100-Honoraria" from the Account Code list.
  3. University Payables (UPAY) reviews the request and processes for payment.

Vendor Information Form

17.1 Consultants and Other Contractors for Services
8.2.5 Request Non-Employee Reimbursement
8.5 Vendor Setup and Maintenance
19 Contracts

Chrome River Resource Page
Job aid for Miscellaneous or One-Time Vendor Payments
Honorarium Payments
Payments to Foreign Nationals
Foreign Nationals Payment Eligibility Grid
Vendor Set Up and Update
University Payables Training Materials

Last Updated: January 23, 2023 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance | Effective: September 2012