The Controller's Office serves all campuses in the University of Minnesota system.


The Controller's Office serves the entire University. Our organization is collectively responsible for supporting departments, colleges, and campuses in their financial operations. If you conduct the business, we've got the tools, systems, procedures, and policies to get the work done. Our goal is to make the business of the University efficient and cost-effective, so people can focus on teaching, research, and outreach.

Our departments perform a wide range of services focused on reducing costs and increasing efficiency. We are also responsible for supporting the University's enterprise financial systems. Processes, systems, and controls are designed so that the University has timely, accurate, and complete financial information for decision making.

Financial Policy Philosophy

The Controller's Office is responsible for a suite of University policies related to financial activities. Policies are not generally established to cover every specific eventuality, instead they are built to serve as a foundation to help units comply with laws or other regulatory requirements and assist in mitigating risk to the University.

Special Projects or Initiatives

Enhancements to the financial system, business process updates or changes, and other efforts are managed using a standard project process. When major initiatives are underway, information about the effort will be distributed to the University community and posted on this website.


In addition to our sister units (pdf) reporting up to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Controller's Office works closely with:

Financial Statements

Our most visible work products are the University's annual financial statements, reporting our financial health.

Amazon Business account

There is a new University-wide Amazon Business account available for colleges and departments.

Finance Training

Training materials and course prerequisites

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) requires the University of Minnesota to implement safeguards to insure the security and confidentiality of certain non-public customer information. Read more here...

PCI DSS: payment card industry data security standard

University of Minnesota departments that accept payment cards as payment for goods and services are contractually obligated to follow the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Read more here...

Identity Theft Prevention Program: Red Flags Rule

The Red Flags rule requires businesses and organizations to implement a written identity theft prevention program designed to detect the warning signs (or "red flags") of identity theft in their day-to-day operations. Read more here...