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It is the policy of the University to use competitive purchasing whenever possible to obtain items or services using any source of funds. Purchases can be made with a purchase order, p-card, and direct pays within reason. Before making any purchase, you should review allowable expenses and purchasing procedures.

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Purchase Order

To complete a transaction with a purchase order (PO), you must submit a purchase requisition through BearKatBuy. A purchase requisition is a document which transmits a request for goods or services with the authority of the requestor. A PO can be used to purchase from catalog and non-catalog suppliers.


Catalog suppliers are referred to as Hosted and Punch-out Suppliers in BearKatBuy. To complete a purchase requisition with a catalog supplier, complete the checkout process through the supplier store. You may need to request a quote from a punch-out supplier, such as Home Depot, if your item is not readily available in the catalog store.


Use the appropriate form under “Forms Our Organization Uses” for non-catalog suppliers, orders with multiple invoices, memberships, and Aramark catering.

For more information, watch our BearKatBuy training in Talent Management.

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Using & Managing a P-Card

P-Cards are procurement cards issued to departments and organizations upon request. P-Cards may be used when a vendor does not accept purchase orders and items are not available through a catalog supplier. Items available through catalog suppliers are not eligible for purchase on the P-Card. P-Cards are expensed in Chrome River.

Reporting Cycles

Period Begin Report Submit Report By


Mar 4 - Apr 3, 2024

Sat Apr 6, 2024 Mon Apr 15, 2024 by 5 p.m.


Apr 4 - May 3, 2024

Mon May 6, 2024 Wed May 15, 2024 by 5 p.m.


May 4 - Jun 3, 2024

Thu Jun 6, 2024 Mon Jun 17, 2024 by 5 p.m.


Jun 4 - Jul 3, 2024

Sat Jul 6, 2024 Mon Jul 15, 2024 by 5 p.m.


Jul 4 - Aug 3, 2024

Tue Aug 6, 2024 Thu Aug 15, 2024 by 5 p.m.


Aug 4 - Sep 3, 2024

Fri Sep 6, 2024 Wed Sep 11, 2024 by 5 p.m.

For more information, register for our P-Card training Talent Management.

Chrome River

Direct Payments

Direct payments, also referred to as Direct Pays, do not require a purchase order. Direct payment purchases are limited to purchases using agency funds, entertainment, on-site business meal & beverages, mortgages, leases, rent, replenishment of postal meters, utilities, and visa fees. Direct pays are created in BearKatBuy for all 7XXXX account codes. All other accounts, such as revenue or clearing accounts, must submit a paper Direct Pay Form.

BearKatBuy Direct Pay Form
Purchasing Food, Promotional Items and Gifts

University departments may not use state funds to purchase food, with the exception of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the Corrections Management Institute of Texas. All food, beverage, and refreshment purchases require the approval of the Financial Manager and shall be funded only out of auxiliary, designated, restricted, or gift funds.

You must complete the FO-19 or Aramark Catering form in BearKatBuy when purchasing the following:

  • Food
  • Beverages, including alcohol
  • Promotional Items
  • Gifts, including flowers and awards

What should I select for Direct Purpose?

To ensure your purchase meets TSUS guidelines, you must select the appropriate direct purpose code.


The recognition or promotion of academic achievement, athletic achievement, scholarship, and/or service to the University or State.


The promotion of the communication of intellectual ideas among students, faculty and staff, administrators, and/or representatives of the public.


The support of student events and activities which are sponsored by the University.


The recruitment of highly qualified students, faculty, and staff.


The promotion of the exchange of ideas with community leaders regarding the University role in the community.


The assistance of the Regents, accrediting agencies, officials from other universities, and/or public officials in inspecting and/or reviewing facilities and programs.


The support of the University's program of continuing education.

What should I select for Specific Limitations?

To ensure the correct funding source is used, you must select the appropriate specific limitations code.


Funds expended for continuing education conferences, seminars, and short courses must have been included in the continuing education registration fees assessed.


Funds expended which were received from University concessions, student services fees, student organizations, and other auxiliary funds must have been previously budgeted.


Other locally generated income and auxiliary funds (not restricted to administrative, education and general, research, plant expansion, loan, endowment, or scholarship programs) may be used to the extent that they have previously been budgeted.


No funds under the control of intercollegiate athletics may be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.