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LSSU Purchasing Card (P-Card) Program

Purchasing Card (P-Card) Program

Revised Manual January 2015

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is my single and monthly transaction limit?

Unless approved by the Purchasing Manager and your Budget Manager, the single limit transaction is $1,000 and the monthly credit limit is $5,000.

What items are not allowed for purchase with my p-card?

Alcoholic beverages



Automotive service and repairs

Cash Advances

Computers and peripherals

Controlled substances

Copying Services

Cylinder gases

Federal Grant purchases



Hazardous Materials


Maintenance contracts

Personal purchases

Photocopiers and supplies



Printing Services

Projects that include logo, artwork, and imagery

Purchases involving trade of University property

Radioactive Materials


Telephones and telephone-related expenses

Can I use my p-card for University-sponsored travel?

P-cards may be used for University-sponsored travel, as authorized by your budget manager.  Your p-card will work for hotel, meals, and fuel.  If driving a university vehicle, please use the Wright Express card assigned to the vehicle). 

Cardholders are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures for University travel, as outlined in the University Procedures Manual, 3.22.2.

Cardholders using the p-card for travel must document travel purpose (who, what, where and why) on the expense report and submit original receipts with the reconciled expense report. 

Is it possible to increase my limits and/or open the card for transactions listed in the “unauthorized purchases” section?

Yes, depending on the situation.  Contact the Purchasing Manager to discuss your specific request.

When is my reconciled monthly expense report due?

Cardholders will receive a monthly statement from Fifth Third bank at the beginning of each month.   The Cardholder and Budget Manager shall review and approve the statements within 5 working days  of receipt of the statement. Upon approval, statements and receipts

are to be sent to the Purchasing Department for audit. Statements and receipts are due in the Purchasing Department no later than the 15th of each month.  Failure to comply with this deadline is considered a violation. 


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