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Administrative Procedures

Price Contracts

Procedure Number: 5.4.6-P

Current Effective Date: 08/01/2017

Original Effective Date: 09/15/2009

Revision Dates: 09/15/2009, 01/01/2015, 06/30/2017

Revision Number: 3

Revision Summary:

Responsible Official: Director of Procurement to Payment


1. Purpose

To address the establishment and use of KCTCS price contracts.

2. Scope

This procedure applies to all KCTCS employees.

3. Price Contracts


Price contracts are established by KCTCS System Office of Procurement to Payment Services for items routinely purchased by the various business units at KCTCS.

  1. Price contracts guarantee certain prices for items and services for a specified period of time. 
  2. Price contracts are usually established after issuing a formal, advertised Request for Bid (RFB) or Request for Proposal (RFP).
  3. Price contracts are generally for one year with clauses allowing renewal of one or more additional years. 
  4. When items and services are on a price contract, business units are encouraged to make their purchases from the price contract supplier.
    1. If items are available locally at a significantly lower price, the business unit must request approval from KCTCS System Office of Procurement to Payment Services to purchase from the non-price contract supplier.
  5. It is the responsibility ofKCTCS System Office of Procurement to Payment Services to ensure that items on price contracts established byKCTCS are competitive with current market conditions.
    1. A list of contract suppliers is available from KCTCS System Office of Procurement to Payment Services.


KCTCS may also use Price Contracts established by the General Services Administration of the United States Federal Government (GSA), the Commonwealth of Kentucky, other state universities, and purchasing cooperatives to which KCTCS may belong.