Create a Standard Bill

Purpose:  Use this document as a reference for how to create a standard bill in ctcLink.

Audience:  Finance/Billing.

You must have at least one of these local college managed security roles:

  • ZZ Billing Entry
  • ZZ_AWE_BI_APPR_060
  • ZZ_AWE_BI_APPR_062
  • ZZ_AWE_BI_APPR_063
  • ZZ_AWE_BI_AAPR_064

If you need assistance with the above security roles, please contact your local college supervisor or IT Admin to request role access.

A Standard Bill contains at least one Bill Header and one Bill Line.

Use the Header - Info 1 page to specify bill header information including data about:  

  • Where the bill came from
  • Where the bill is going
  • When the bill will be sent to the customer
  • How the bill should be formatted

Use the Line - Info 1 page to specify bill line information.

  • Multiple lines can be created to reflect the number of items needed on the invoice.

Creating a Standard Bill

Navigation: Billing > Maintain Bills > Standard Billing

Bill Header
  1. Select the Add a New Value tab.
  2. Enter or look up Business Unit field.
  3. Leave the Invoice field at the default of "Next".
  4. Enter or lookup values to populate the Header Info - 1 page:
    1. Bill Type Identifier.
    2. Bill Source.
    3. Customer.
    4. Invoice Date.
    5. Accounting Date (current date recommended or within an open period).
  5. Select the Add button.

Adding the initial field values on the Bill Entry page will auto populate various Bill Header field values. Optional to change and/or update fields on the Header or Lines pages when the Bill is in 'NEW' status.

Bill Entry page
  1. The Header - Info 1 page displays.
  2. Depending upon your local college billing setup and template formats, various fields populate. Optional to add/update/change the default values such as:
    • Invoice and Accounting Dates: Usually Accounting Date and Invoice Date are the same but may be different. Accounting Date reflects the date the transaction is recognized versus  the date the transaction is actually entered into ctcLink.
    • From Date: Date reflects the start of the invoice period and used to determine the service start date.
    • To Date: Date reflects the end of the invoice period and is used to determine the service end date. T
    • Pay Terms: Options of "IMMED" (Due Immediately) or "NET30" (Due in 30 Days) or "NET90" (Due in 90 days).
  3. Select the Save button to generate the Invoice number.
  4. Select the Notes link (or use the Navigation drop down arrow > Header Note).
Header Info 1 page
  1. The Header - Note tab displays. Header notes will be displayed below the Customer Name on the Invoice.
  2. In the Note Text field, optional to add invoice details.
  3. Select the Save button to save changes.

Depending upon college Billing Template and Bill Header Notes setup, you may have Standard Note Flag/Std Note (displayed to customers) or Internal Only Flag/Note Type (internal note for colleges staff) options available. Please check with your local security administrator. Please contact the Service Desk if you need assistance with configuration.

Optional to Enter Header Notes
Bill Line(s)
  1. Select the Line - Info 1 tab.
  2. Optional to use the Table and Identifier fields utilizing the speed type functionality. For more information or help with setup, please see QRG Creating a Bill Charge Code.
  3. Enter the applicable field values:
    1. Description (field may populate if identifier is selected).
    2. Quantity
    3. Unit of Measure.
    4. Unit Price.
    5. Gross Extended.
    6. From and To Dates (fields may populate if entered on the Header Info - 1 page).
    7. Line Type: Leave as default "REV" (Revenue).
    8. Tax Code: Select appropriate tax code according to the city.
    9. Tax Exempt: Select this box if applicable.
  4. Optional to selection the plus icon [+] to add Bill Line(s) and refer back to step 2.
  5. Select the Save button.
  6. Optional to select the Notes link to be directed to the optional Line - Note page.
Line - Info 1 page link
  1. The Line - Note tab displays. Line notes will be displayed below the selected Line of the Invoice.
  2. In the Note Text field, optional to add invoice details.
  3. Select the Save button to save changes.
  4. Select the Accounting link or use the Navigation drop down menu and select Acctg - Rev Distribution.
Optional to Enter Line notes
  1. The Revenue Distribution tab displays. Note: Billing Charge Code functionality will prefill the Acctg Information. For setup or configuration see QRG Creating a Bill Charge Code.
  2. In the Bill Line Distribution - Revenue section, enter the valid field values or select the applicable 'Code' if your college has configured this function.
    1. Account.
    2. Oper Unit.
    3. Fund.
    4. Dept.
    5. Class.
    6. State Purpose.
  3. Select the Save button.
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Review & Finalize Invoice

A Pro Forma is a "sample" copy of an invoice. Viewing a Pro Forma will help you to identify errors that can be corrected before bills are invoiced. It is especially helpful when you have a bill that contains a large number of lines.

The Pro Forma will display when the invoice Status is anything except "Invoiced" or Cancelled". The Pro Forma process should ONLY be used internally and does not result in a receivable item being created on the customer's account. The following instructions are fro XML formatted invoices only.

  1. From the Header or Line pages, select the Pro Forma icon at the top right of the page.
  2. The Pro Forma displays as a .pdf on a new window. Review the details: Customer Name, Terms, Revenue Distribution, Header and/or Line Notes.
Select Pro Forma icon or paper with dollar sign icon

Prior to finalizing bill information, review the Pro Forma and make necessary changes to the bill. All changes should be completed prior to setting the bill Status to "RDY" (Ready to Invoice). Edits to the bill cannot be made after the bill has a Status of "Invoiced".

Pro Forma or draft invoice preview

WARNING - Do not change the Status of the bill to "Ready to Invoice" before the bill is ready to be processed. This practice will prevent the bill from being run by the Single Action Invoice process before the bill information has been finalized.

  1. Navigate to the Header - Info 1 tab to change the Status of the bill to RDY or "Ready to Invoice".
  2. Select the Save button.
Select Status to RDY or Ready for invoicing

Depending upon your local business practice, please refer to the next step in the Invoice process:

Video Tutorial

The video below demonstrates the process actions described in steps listed above.  There is no audio included with this video.  Select the play button to start the video.

Video Tutorial Via Panopto

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