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Decision Matrix (pdf) — Use of Purchasing Card, Purchase Order or Special Request for Check

Purchasing Card

The Penn State Purchasing Card is a VISA charge card used only for University business. The card facilitates purchasing goods, materials, authorized services, and travel-related expenditures.

Tax Exempt Information


E-Buy+ is the University’s online market place where faculty and staff can purchase office supplies, research equipment, and more.

  • Use the E-Buy+ link to access convenient paperless shopping. 

Single/Sole Source Justification (SSJ) Form

The Restricted Content IconSingle/Sole Source Justification (SSJ) Form must be used as justification for a purchase from a single or sole source without open competition when the purchase is $10,000 or above. This is considered an exception to policy and acceptance of this request will be at the discretion of Purchasing Services. Competitive bids should be obtained through Purchasing Services. Purchasing’s phone number is 814-865-7561. The Commodity Directory is located at