Accounts receivable represents money that the university is expecting to receive from those who have not paid in full for goods or services provided. As such, it is an asset on the balance sheet. The receivable is increased when the amount owed to the university – from donors, grantors, customers and others – increases. To show an increase in accounts receivable, a debit entry is made in the journal. It is decreased when these amounts are settled or paid-off – with a credit entry.
See also: Revenue Classification