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Procedure to Use Direct Pay

Approval Date: 2014-12-01

Effective Date: 2014-12-01

Responsible Unit: Department of Financial and Administrative Services


1. Purchase orders are to be used in all purchasing situations. If the option to use a purchase order is not provided by the supplier, then a direct pay form may be used. The procedures for completing a requisition and obtaining quotations still apply to acquisitions by direct pay.

2. Direct Pay forms are available from the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. 

3. Type of Purchases Authorized for Direct Pay.

The only types of purchases to be made on direct pay forms, provided the option to use a purchase order is not available, are those listed below. All other purchases of goods and services must be made by petty cash, procurement card or purchase order.

Items authorized for direct pay acquisition:

  • Reprints of papers published in journals. 
  • Membership in Learned Societies (memberships in professional organizations are not permitted). An Eligibility of Membership form must accompany the Direct Pay Subscriptions.
  • Books and publications which cannot be obtained through the Bookstore or University Library.
  • Advertising in magazines or journals. All other advertising, such as in The Telegram, must be on a purchase order.
  • Registration fees for approved courses, conferences, symposiums, etc.
  • Binding of thesis when arranged through the University Library Bookbindery.
  • Refunds.
  • Advance payments as required for purchases from government agencies.
  • Certain monthly payments such as utilities and postage.
  • Payment of scholarships, refunds, loans and allowances.
  • Reimbursement to employees for safety clothes purchases.
  • Payment for videotapes obtained by the Library on a preview basis.
  • Service contracts on equipment.
  • Other items as approved by the Director of Financial and Administrative Services.

4. The supplier invoice is required prior to preparation and processing of the Direct Pay.

5. Order and/or Application Form - Cost Known

Where an order and/or application form is required, the form must be completed by the appropriate unit and then forwarded to Financial and Administrative Services with the original copy of the direct pay form for the amount required. The Department of Financial and Administrative Services will issue a cheque and mail it with the application form.

Policies using this procedure:


University Policies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000