03.G.06 – Bank Account Reconciliation Procedures

Section: Fiscal Affairs

Area: General Accounting

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Each university of the University of Houston System maintains a number of bank accounts to support their activities. It is the responsibility of each university to reconcile their bank accounts to the records of their institutions monthly and to track all outstanding items, including discrepancies, to satisfactory resolution in a timely manner. This document applies to all universities and the bank accounts held in their names and sets general guidelines for universities to follow in developing procedures for reconciling bank account(s) to the financial records.


2.1. Each university shall develop and maintain procedures for the monthly reconciliation of each bank account to the financial records. Statements not accessible via bank web sites will be provided by the System Treasurer. The System Treasurer will send copies of the monthly bank statements within three working days of their receipt from the bank.

2.2. The director of general accounting (director), or equivalent responsible person at each university, will ensure the reconciliation of each bank account to the financial records. Trained employees will prepare the monthly reconciliation reports. The director will designate the managerial/supervisory level employees responsible for reviewing the monthly reconciliation reports.

2.3. A monthly report is prepared documenting the reconciliation of each bank account and the review of entries in the financial records. Reconciliation reports will be completed and reviewed no later than 30 working days after the later of: receipt by reconciling department of the bank statements or the final accounting close of the fiscal month to be reconciled. The persons preparing and reviewing the reconciliation report will certify the report indicating the date the reconciliation report was completed and the date it was reviewed by management.

2.4. A reconciliation report includes:

2.4.1. Verification that entries (e.g., deposits, wire transfers, withdrawals, expenditures and revenue) on bank statements and monthly financial reports are accurate and agree with department records.

2.4.2. Identification of all reconciling items and the separation of those items into timing differences (i.e., those that will clear with the passage of time) and differences requiring adjustments to clear either by the bank or with an adjusting journal entry in the financial records.

2.4.3. An indication of preparation and timely transmittal of requests for corrections to the appropriate office. Documented requests for bank adjustments will be submitted to the System Office of the Treasurer within 20 working days of reconciliation completion. Journal entries developed for clearing other differences will be completed and submitted to the appropriate accounting office for review and data input within twenty working days of the date the reconciliation schedule is completed.

2.4.4. Completion, review, and approval of a formal reconciliation form consistent with Exhibit A.

2.5. Reconciliation reports shall be filed at the department and made available to internal auditors upon request. Reports are retained in accordance with records retention guidelines.

Exhibit A

Sample Bank Reconciliation Form 

Sample University Bank Reconciliation

Bank Name & Account Number ~ PS Account Number as of Month DD, YYYY




Book (PS)



Ending Balance, Month DD, YYYY

Timing Differences

Deposits in Transit


Subtotals, Deposits in Transit



Withdrawals Outstanding


Subtotal, Withdrawals Outstanding



Transfers In (Out) Outstanding


Subtotals, Transfers In (Out) Outstanding


Deposits in Transit (Book)


Subtotal, Deposits in Transit (Book)



Subtotal, Timing Differences




Differences Requiring Adjustment

Bank Discrepancies



Subtotal, Bank Discrepancies





Book Discrepancies




Subtotal, Book Discrepancies





Subtotal, Differences Requiring Adjustments





Adjusted Ending Balance, Month DD, YYYY


This reconciliation was prepared according to the current desk manual procedure and it accurately reflects the activity in these accounts.


Prepared by Date



Reviewed by Date


Issued: 03/08/2002
Last Reviewed/Revised: 01/10/2022
Responsible Office(s): Finance