2017 Reimbursement Allowances for Mileage & Meals

Here are the latest reimbursement rates for UCLA employees who are traveling on business or hosting an entertainment function where meals and light refreshments are part of doing business:


Reimbursement Rate

Use of private vehicle for University business travel

Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2017:
53.5 cents per mile

Driving or shipping a vehicle in connection with a move or relocation

Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2017:
17 cents per mile


Travel Meals


Reimbursement Cap*

For UC business travel within the continental U.S.

Travel Meals incurred January 1, 2016 - October 14, 2017:
Actual expenses up to $74 per day

Travel Meals incurred on or after October 15, 2017: 
Actual expenses up to $62 per day


Entertainment – Hosting an Event


Reimbursement Rate for Costs Per Person**


Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2016: $27


Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2016: $47


Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2016: $81

Light Refreshments

Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2016: $19

*When the entire length of a trip is fewer than 24 hours:

  • Meals for single-day travel will not be reimbursed unless the travel includes an overnight stay that is verified by a lodging receipt.
  • If no receipt is available, the traveler must include a statement with the travel expense voucher explaining why (e.g., the traveler lodged with a friend or relative, stayed overnight at the airport or took alternative transportation requiring the traveler to be away overnight).
  • An exception to the overnight-stay requirement may be allowed when a traveler incurs a meal expense in connection with a business meeting (e.g., a working lunch scheduled as an integral part of a meeting or conference).

**When planning an entertainment event, keep in mind:

  • A buffet reception — depending on the time of day it is held — is reimbursed at the applicable meal rate. Brunch is reimbursed at the lunch rate.
  • The amounts in the chart include the cost of the food and beverages, labor, sales tax, delivery charges and other service fees. If a reception before a meal includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres, the reception and the meal should be treated as a single event when calculating costs.
  • The costs of room rental, room setup fees, media rental, decorations, etc., are not included in the per-person costs.