Service Center Overview

A Service Center, which includes recharge centers and specialized service facilities, is a University unit/facility organized to provide goods and/or services to other University departments/units for a fee. The costs of these goods and/or services are charged directly to internal and external users based on established billing rates and actual usage of these goods and/or services.  The Office of Cost Analysis is responsible for reviewing and approving use rates for service centers that anticipate charging  Contract and Grant projects.

Effective 3/1/2016 all rates are to be prepared through the Online PeopleSoft Service Center Module (MyPack Portal/Main Menu/Financial Systems/Service Center).  All individuals that have PeopleSoft Basic Financials Access have the ability to view the Service Center Overview Tab which shows service center rates, expiration dates and whether they charge Contract & Grants projects or External Federal Customers.  In order to enter data or approve rates in this module, you must first be granted a role and a SAR request will need to be completed to give the individual the appropriate role.  Currently the two SAR roles are Service Center Administrator role and the Service Center Form Role.  If you are unsure which SAR role you need, please contact the Office of Cost Analysis at (919) 515-1885 for assistance.

Previously, Service center charges that were technical in nature were budgeted and charged to account code 54998 when billed to Contracts and Grants. Effective 7/1/2020, Service Centers are no longer restricted to using account code 54998 when billing federal ledger 5 Contract and Grant projects.  If another account code better depicts the underlying nature of the goods and/or services then please use the more appropriate account.

NOTE:  If you are new to the Service Center environment and/or have never taken the Service Centers 101 here at NC State, we highly recommend that you take our Service Center 101 training.    Please also refer to the Service Center Resources below.

Resources

Contact

The contact person for service center questions in the Office of Cost Analysis is Jeannie Chen at 919-515-1885.