The UC Irvine School of Social Sciences Purchasing Office handles all direct payments to vendors for supplies, materials, equipment and services.

Purchasing Methods

The method used to purchase equipment, supplies and services depends upon several factors.

PAL Card

  • Used to pay vendors that accept VISA for non-food/entertainment purchases under $5,000 - including tax and shipping

Low Value Purchase Orders (PO)

  • Required for vendors that do not accept credit cards for purchases under $5,000

High Value Purchase Orders (PO)

  • Required for removal requests, furniture and all purchases over $5,000

Recurring Purchase Orders (RPO)

  • Used for repetitive purchases of goods/services from one vendor within a specified time period, only when item is not available in UCBuy or a PALCard is not accepted

Purchasing Guidelines and Resources

The following instructions, resources and online fillable form may be accessed for all types of purchases.


Purchasing Forms

The following forms are available in PDF format, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download your free version.


Faculty Moves and Relocations

Information concerning moves and relocations for in-coming faculty.


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