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All purchases at Northern Illinois University are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, and other applicable state and federal regulations.

Procurement Service & Contract Management, a department of Northern Illinois University Finance & Administration, supports the procurement and contract requirements of Northern Illinois University in a professional, ethical and timely manner. Purchases of equipment, materials, commodities, supplies, and services for the University are made competitively where possible. Performance, quality, suitability, delivery, and service are factors considered in buying.

Northern Illinois University’s purchases adhere to the terms and conditions accessible here.

Invitations For Sealed Bid/Request For Proposals

Invitations for Sealed Bid (IFSB), Requests for Proposal (RFP), or quotations are used in purchasing or contracting for competitive items where practical or required by law.

Bid limits for goods and services other than professional and artistic services are adjusted annually by the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education. Please see the Policies and Procedures pagefor the current limits.

Illinois Higher Education Procurement Bulletin

Invitations for bids and requests for proposals for goods and services are placed in the Illinois Higher Education Procurement Bulletin. Information included provides the bid due date, time, and place of the bid opening. Many solicitation documents are available for download from the Bulletin's site. All responses to solicitations are publicly opened.


The University is a tax-exempt institution and is not obligated to pay Illinois sales tax. The University is also exempt from sales tax in some other states. Contact Procurement Services for Northern Illinois University’s tax exempt letter.

Payment of Purchase Orders

Payment information for purchases made from a Northern Illinois University purchase order may be obtained by emailing Accounts Payable Services at Alternatively, phone contact is 1-815-753-1514; fax 1-815-753-2007.

Contact Us

Lowden Hall 107
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-6800 (FAX)