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Borrowing and Loan Policy

Effective Date:

July 1, 2021


Borrowing Policy and Loan Guidelines, effective December 8, 2006

Policy Review Date:

To be reviewed every 1 year from effective date

Issuing Authority:

Research Foundation President

Responsible Party:

RF Chief Financial Officer

Contact Information:



Reason for Policy

In May 2005, the RF board of directors authorized management to borrow up to $80 million to meet daily operational and sponsored program needs. This policy describes the lines of credit established under this authorization. Any additional borrowing must be approved by the RF board of directors.

Statement of Policy

RF management established two programs: a working capital line of credit for daily cash liquidity needs and a project finance line of credit for campus sponsored program needs. Subject to approval in accordance with the provisions of this Policy, the RF lines of credit can be used for:

  1. Major sponsored program activity that requires short-term (less than 1 year) financing of $1 million or more.
  2. Sponsored program deficits as directed by the RF's CFO or the RF's President.
  3. Day-to-day cash-flow operating needs.

    Occasionally campuses, affiliated organizations or other SUNY-related organizations require support through loan guarantees or other long-term financing options including any lease agreements that are not related to sponsored programs. Any long-term financing in the name of the RF must be evaluated by the Director of Finance and Associate Director of Financial Accounting & Reporting for proper accounting review, reviewed by RF Legal and approved by the RF CFO. The RF is committed to supporting other financing needs and will consider all inquiries.

Terms and Conditions

The following table outlines the interest rate, payment terms and maturity for each type of loan.

Type of Loan

Interest Rate Basis

Payment terms and Maturity

Working Capital Line of Credit

SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) minimum of 50 bps, plus 160 basis points for a total minimum of 2.1%*

On the Maturity or Due Date, the loan becomes payable. Loans may not be paid off early.

If the loan will be paid off on the Maturity or Due Date, the Operations Manager must notify the Director of Treasury Operations Central Office (CO) five days in advance.

On the Maturity Date if CO is not notified that the loan will be repaid, the loan will be automatically renewed for the existing principal amount, at the existing term, and at the interest rate in effect on the date of renewal.

* At Maturity, interest rates may change based on the SOFR rate at the time. Interest is assessed and charged monthly to the campus' RMS allocation account.

Project Finance Line of Credit

SOFR minimum of 50 bps, plus 190 basis points for a total minimum of 2.4%*

How to Request a Loan

Complete the RF Loan Application and include a detailed description of the project. All loan requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Treasury Operations at Central Office. The Loan Application must be signed by the RF Operations Manager for the requesting campus.

  1. The application will be reviewed by appropriate RF Central Office (CO) Leadership staff and make a recommendation to RF CO CFO
  2. RF CO CFO will approve the loan if there is enough merit for support by the RF and whether it fits within the mission of the RF.
  3. RF CO CFO has no authority to approve loans if they are not financially sound and in the best interest of the RF.
  4. RF CFO will sign all documents with the bank or other financial institutions.


The following table outlines the responsibilities for compliance with this Policy.

Responsible Party


Operations Managers

Request and sign loan application; provide notification of loan pay off

Director of Finance and Assoc. Dir. of Financial Accounting & Reporting

For non-project line of credit loans, evaluate any long-term financing for proper accounting review

RF Central Office Leadership staff

Review for approval

RF Officers: CFO, General Counsel & Secretary and President

Approval of loan and any variations from the Policy


Fund Monitoring

RF Board of Directors

Approval Authority


SOFR - The secured overnight financing rate (SOFR) is a benchmark interest rate for dollar-denominated derivatives and loans. SOFR is based on transactions in the Treasury repurchase market and based on data from observable transactions rather than on estimated borrowing rates.

Maturity Date (Due Date) - The date on which the loan must be paid.

Related Information

Responsibility for Losses Policy

Investment Policy

RF Loan Application


RF Loan Application

Change History


Change History

October 31, 2023

Revision to Project LOC interst rate.

April 5, 2023

Revision to benchmark rate and title of RFCO contact. Policy Reviewed.

July 1, 2021

Revision to rates, amouts and titles.

May 12, 2011

Revision to rates.

April 13, 2010

Revisions to rates and amounts.

December 8, 2006

New Document.