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Leasing is a flexible form of financing that allows the use of a product without having to pay for the full face value. You only pay for the anticipated depreciated value of the item plus the cost of money (interest charge). At the end of the lease (operating lease) you may either return the product, purchase the product at the Fair Market Value or you may choose to re-lease the item based on the then current value and interest rates. These different options for the end of lease terms are structured before the lease is signed (executed).

For more information, see the Leasing FAQ.

Types of Leasing

Capital Leases

A capital lease is essentially a financed purchase of a product over time, and the value of the purchase item at the end of the lease is predetermined to be a price less than the Fair Market Value of the purchase. The Lessee (you) will actually own the purchased item at the end of the lease period by making one last final payment. For both tax and accounting purposes the purchased item (capital asset) will be reported as property of the lessee.

Operating Leases

In an operating lease, the Lessee has the right to use the purchased item, but does not own the item; and the Lessee may return the asset or purchase it at fair market value at the end of the lease. For both tax and accounting purposes, the asset is reported as property of the lessor (the company who is financing the item).

Creating Lease Orders in FIS

St. George & UTM

Unit creates a Workflow Lease Order in FIS. If the total procurement value is greater than $25,000, the Lease Order will be reviewed by Procurement Services before being released.


Unit creates a Purchase Requisition in FIS and then emails the lease proposal and any other supporting documentation (e.g. competitive quotes) to their procurement campus contact for review and Lease Order issuance.