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The Business Office is responsible for the procurement functions of Cabrini. Generally, department representatives may initiate purchases covered by funds approved in their budgets.

Cabrini’s goal in procurement is to procure goods and services that meet community needs in a timely, efficient, and properly controlled manner in adherence to standard business practices and requirements for the expenditure of government grants.

The Business Office fulfills this responsibility by educating the community about “best procurement practices,” managing purchase orders, and enforcing the policies and procedures.

  1. Before making a purchase, review exclusive vendors
  2. Contact procurement manager to negotiate purchase of goods and services.
  3. Complete a purchasing requisition and obtain necessary approvals.
    • Any purchase greater than $2,000 requires a purchase order.
    • Any purchase greater than $5,000 requires competitive bidding.

Purchasing Forms

Materials & Equipment

Less than $100:
Cabrini has two ways to procure items totaling $99 or less.

  1. Use a Cabrini-issued purchasing card.
    • If you do not have a card, ask the departmental administrative staff for assistance.
  2. Use your own cash or credit card.
    • To receive reimbursement, submit the original sales slip with a check request to Accounts Payable.
    • The employee reimbursement is via direct deposit.

Between $100 and $2,000:
Use a Cabrini-issued purchasing card.

$2,000 or More:
Purchases greater than $2,000 not listed as a following exception require a purchase order, which should be charged on a Cabrini-issued purchasing card.

These include but are not limited to:

  • airline/train tickets
  • meals, hotels, travel expenses
  • conference/seminar registrations
  • dues, memberships, licenses, application fees
  • all subscriptions/renewals
  • advertisements
  • books, publications, periodicals, newsletters

For any questions about these exceptions or others not listed, please contact the Business Office.

Tax Status

  • Cabrini University, as a  nonprofit educational institution, is exempt from paying Pennsylvania(PA) sales tax on its purchases.  An employee making an approved business  purchase of goods or services on behalf of the University is responsible to ensure that the seller does not charge PA sales tax on the purchase.
  • Based on the advice of PA Dept of Revenue auditors, effective in 2020, we have removed the PA  Sales Tax Exemption certificate from our website. Please email your request for an Exemption certificate to Accounts Payable at AP@Cabrini.edu and provide the vendor name and address.
  • Most states allow their  merchants to honor the PA exemption.  The University has exemption certificates for New Jersey, New York and Florida and can provide these upon request. Please contact the Accounts Payable Coordinator if you have a question about a specific state exemption.
  • Tax Exemption certificates should be provided to merchants when placing on-line orders and in-store purchases when using a PCard, cash or a personal credit card.
  • Use of a Cabrini issued Tax Exemption certificate for a personal purchase is prohibited.



Business Related
Travel Use Vehicle Rental-Domestic Policy

Guidelines for Vehicle Rental

Cabrini University’s exclusive contracted commercial rental agency is National Car Rental and Enterprise. The contract offers attractive rental rates and includes insurance for physical damage when used for business purposes.  All employees that are required to drive as it relates to their job duties and responsibilities are permitted to rent a vehicle.  Students, subcontractors and volunteers are prohibited from renting a vehicle.  Rental eligibility requires enrollment in the Provider’s Emerald Club Program; a University issued Procurement Card and completion of the Vehicle Rental Application form.


Please review the Business Related Travel Use Vehicle Rental-Domestic Policy for all the guidelines and instructions on our website.


  • All vehicle rentals must be booked through Enterprise or National.  No other provider is to be used regardless of travel agency, pricing, incentives or promotions.
  • University’s contract identification number (XZ17DU5) MUST be used for all reservations.
    • Payment must be made using a University issued Procurement Card (PCard).
    • Enrollment in the Provider’s Emerald Club Program is required
    • Employee is responsible to ensure that Pennsylvania sales tax is not charged.
  • Vehicle Rental Authorization
  • Business Vehicle Rental Policies and Procedures
  • EZ Pass and Toll by Plate Programs