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Direct Payment (DPay)

The purchase of goods and services from outside vendors should normally be accomplished using one of the University’s preferred purchasing methods: (1) myMarketplace, (2) NUCard or (3) Purchase Order. These methods help to ensure that appropriate supplier vetting and approvals are in place prior to the purchase.  This minimizes risk to the University and puts Northeastern in the best possible position to pay vendors in a timely manner.  Click here to view the University’s Procurement Guidelines for more information on the preferred methods of purchasing goods and services.

However, Accounts Payable and Procurement Services have identified some exceptions to the above methods for certain transaction types that are considered low dollar and low risk. In these instances, the Direct Pay (DPay) form can be used to request payment to a known supplier after the invoice has already been received.



These exceptions are listed in the grid below:

Description of Expense     DPay Acceptable    
Accreditation Fees     Yes    
Athletics Books     Yes    
Awards Northeastern Contributions     Yes    
Awards-Upperclassmen     Yes    
Charitable Donations and Foundations (Not for Profit)    Yes    
Courier Charges (Non FedEx)     Yes    
Food (Auxiliary)     Yes    
Freight Charges     Yes    
Gasoline     Yes    
Honoraria     Yes    
Insurance    Yes    
Parking Expense     Yes    
Performers*     Yes    
Printing-NU Reprographics     Yes    
Property Rentals     Yes    
Publications-Miscellaneous     Yes    
Referees/Umpires     Yes    
Relocation      Yes    
Rents/Leases    Yes    
Royalties     Yes    
Speaker Fees     Yes    
Sponsored Program Tuition     Yes    
Universities    Yes    

Note: 

Account codes associated with the above expenses are listed here.   





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