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Spending Limits


View policy pdf: Spending Limits Policy

Spending limits enable management to provide cardholders with the purchasing power to accomplish the needs of the job without exposing the State or the University to unnecessary risk. Spending limits should be based on job responsibilities of the cardholder and/or of the job title.

Spending limits that are available are:

1. Cycle (Credit) Limit (CL) – The credit limit is a mandatory spending limit that restricts the amount of purchases a cardholder can make in one billing cycle (the 28th of the current month through the 27th day of the following month; however if the 27th is on a weekend, then the cycle will end the Friday before the weekend and the new cycle will start on Staurday).

i. The credit limit cannot be less than the cardholder’s Single Transaction Limit.

ii.  The University has established a standard monthly CL of $10,000 per month. Higher limits may be requested and justification will be required. A cardholder’s CL cannot be more than $25,000 without UGA Procurement receiving prior written approval from the State Purchasing Division.   

2. Single Transaction Limit (STL) – The STL is a mandatory spending limit imposed on each transaction made by the cardholder.  

i. By law, the maximum single transaction limit on PCard purchases is $4,999; however, under UGA's program the standard single transaction limit is $1,000. Any STL greater than $1,000 must be justified. In addition to the justification, if the STL is >$2,499 but <$5,000 an exception must be granted by UGA PCard Administrators or Coordinators.

ii.  For information on how to request an exception for a STL >$2,499, see the section titled UGA Cardholders (P-Card) on the Security and Immigration Compliance Act (E-Verify) website.


Responsible University Senior Administrator: Vice President for Finance & Administration

Responsible University Administrator: Procurement Officer

Policy Owner: Procurement

Policy Contact: Dawn Cowart

Phone Number: 706-542-2361 

Responsibilities: The Dean/VP/Department Head is responsible for approving the issuance of new p-cards which includes setting the single transaction and monthly credit limits.

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