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 credit cards for non-food/entertainment purchases under $2,500

Low Value Purchase Orders (PO)

  • Required for vendors that do not accept credit cards for purchases under $2,500

High Value Purchase Orders (PO)

  • Required for removal requests, furniture and all purchases over $2,500

Blanket Purchase Orders (PO)

  • Used for repetitive purchases from a single vendor within a specified time period

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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