Procurement Services Auxiliary Services

COVID-19 Purchasing Card Limits

Purchasing card (P card) monthly limits have been reduced to $1,000, and the following purchase types are no longer allowed on P cards:

  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • IT hardware, software and services
    • Examples: Apple, Blackboard, Dell, Microsoft, Newegg
    • Exception: Research involving the use of Mechanical Turk (MTurk) will be allowed until an alternative payment method can be used.
    • Reference the IT Purchases webpage for vendors that are in Ariba

P cards used to support research activities may need different monthly limits. Those requests should be submitted as a temporary increase using the P Card Temporary Increase Request form. Travel cards should be used to reserve travel activity, such as airline and hotel reservations, if a travel waiver is approved.

Ariba catalogs must be used whenever possible, and orders placed on the P Card will be monitored to ensure compliance and support of essential functions. For purchases in which P Card use is appropriate, P Card guidelines must continue to be followed.

Questions related to P card restrictions and use may be sent to Questions about Ariba purchases should be directed to  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a way for a fiscal approver to see the back-up documentation for P cards?

Concur fiscal approvers now have the ability to look at any P card statement report in Concur. More information is available in a quick reference guide. If you have questions, contact Procurement Services at