Meal Allowances

​Effective for all Travel Starting January 1, 2016 (Printab​le PDF)

Meals and associated tips will be reimbursed at the lesser of actual cost or maximum allowance. Meal per diems are taxable without an overnight stay. An overnight stay must still be indicated on the CMU Business Card Reconciliation Form or the Employee Reimbursement Voucher when not claiming a lodging reimbursement.

Conference meals which are not included in the conference fee, but are preset and exceed the established maximum allowance, will be reimbursed at cost. A receipt or copy of the program indicating the cost of the meal is required.

If you are traveling outside of the United States, please use the per diem rates listed at the US State Department.  Under the Current and Prior Year Rates, select Foreign Per Diem Rates by Location. Then select the correct country from the drop down list. Click from the Previous Rates drop down list for the correct date of travel. The M & IE Column show the maximum per diem amount.  Meals and associated tips will be reimbursed at the lesser of actual cost or the maximum allowance.


Meal Allowances - Including Tips
Meal Must Be Traveling
Before and After
Standard Allowance High-Cost Cities
Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:30AM            $9.00 $11.00
Lunch 11:30AM to 2:00PM $14.00 $17.00
Dinner 5:30PM to 7:00PM $23.00 $28.00
Maximum Allowance:
$46.00 $56.00


High-Cost Cities (this list is all-inclusive):

AZSedona + City Limits of Sedona
CANapa + Napa County
CAOakland + Alameda County
CAPoint Arena/Gualala + Mendocino County
CASan Mateo/Foster City/Belmont + San Mateo County
CAYosemite National Park + Mariposa County
CAEureka/Arcata/McKinleyville + Humboldt County
CAMammoth Lakes + Mono County
CAMill Valley/San Rafael/Novato + Marin County
CAMonterey + Monterey County
CASan Francisco + San Francisco County
CASanta Barbara + Santa Barbara County
CATruckee + Nevada County
CODenver/Aurora + Denver/Adams/Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
COAspen + Pitkin County
COSteamboat Springs + Routt County
COTelluride + San Miguel County
COVail + Eagle County
DCDistrict of Columbia + Washington DC (also cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax, and the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, in Virginia; and the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland)
FLKey West + Monroe County
GAAtlanta + Fulton/Dekalb/Cobb Counties
HIEntire State
ILChicago + Cook/Lake Counties
INBloomington + Monroe County
KYKenton + Kenton County
MABoston/Cambridge + Suffolk County + city of Cambridge
MAMartha's Vineyard + Dukes County
MANantucket + Nantucket County
MDAnnapolis + Anne Arundel County
MDBaltimore City + Baltimore City County
MDCentreville + Queen Anne County
MERockport + Knox County
MEBar Harbor + Hancock County
MIAnn Arbor + Washtenaw County
MIEast Lansing/Lansing + Ingham/Eaton Counties
MIGrand Rapids + Kent County
MIHolland + Ottawa County
MIMackinac Island + Mackinac County
MIPetoskey + Emmet County
MISouth Haven + Van Buren County
MITraverse City/Leland + Grand Traverse/Leelanau Counties
MTGlendive/Sidney + Dawson/Richland Counties
NCChapel Hill + Orange County
NDDickinson/Beulah + Stark/Mercer/Billings Counties
NHLaconia + Belknap County
NMTaos + Taos County
NYFloral Park/Garden City/Great Neck + Nassau County
NYKingston + Ulster County
NYLake Placid + Essex County
NYNew York City + Bronx/Kings/New York/Queens/Richmond Counties
OHCincinnati + Hamilton/Clermont Counties
OHCleveland + Cuyahoga County
ORSeaside + Clatsop County
PAHarrisburg + Dauphin County excluding Hershey
PAHershey + Hershey County
SCCharleston + Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester Counties
UTPark City + Summit County
VAAbingdon + Washington County
VACharlottesville + City of Charlottesville/Albemarle/Greene Counties
VTManchester + Bennington County
VTWhite River Junction + Windsor County
VTMontpelier + Washington County
VTStowe + Lamoille County
WAOcean Shores + Grays Harbor County
WAOlympia/Tumwater + Thurston County
WAPort Angeles/Port Townsend + Clallam/Jefferson Counties
WASeattle + King County
WY​Jackson/Pinedale + Teton/Sublette Counties


High Cost Cities list was updated 12/12/2015.​