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UMD Campus Cash Value

UMD Campus Cash is money (up to $1,000) that you deposit into an online account that connects to your U Card or UMD Campus Cash Card.  UMD Campus Cash Value is part of the UMD Campus Cash Program jointly run by the UMD U Card Office and UMD Cashiers Office.

You can use your U Card or UMD Campus Cash Card as a quick, easy, cashless way to pay by swiping the magnetic stripe on the back of your card through the merchant’s card reader.

Once value has been added to your UMD Campus Cash account, you can use your U Card or UMD Campus Cash Card to make purchases all over campus.  UMD Campus Cash accounts are available to all U Card cardholders, as well as visitors to the University of Minnesota Duluth, and do not require a TCF U Card checking account as they are totally separate card features.  UMD Campus Cash Value is a declining balance, so you cannot have a negative balance.

UMD Campus Cash Value is not cash refundable and does not transfer between the University of Minnesota coordinate campuses.

Before adding money to your U Card or UMD Campus Cash Card account, please download and read a PDF version of the Terms and Conditions linked on this website, or stop by or email the UMD Cashiers Office to request a paper copy.

Where can I use the UMD Campus Cash Value?
Current uses for UMD Campus Cash include computer lab printing, chemistry supplies, and parking.  More services are expected to be available shortly.

How do I add money to a UMD Campus Cash account?
Money can be added at ValuePort machines located in the Library lobby, Kirby Plaza 165, and just over the skywalk in the Swenson Science Building. You can also make deposits into your account through the UMD Cashiers Office in the lobby of Darland Administration Building, or by mailing a check along with the deposit form found on this website.

Account Error Resolution Information
In case of questions or errors in your UMD Campus Cash account, you must contact UMD Business Services to begin the error resolution process within 60 calendars days after you were provided with the first statement or receipt on which the problem or error appeared.  In addition to notifying UMD Business Services, you will need to complete the Error Resolution Form. A PDF version of this form may be downloaded from this website or you may email cashiers@d.umn.edu to request a paper copy.

 History of the UMD Campus Cash Program

During Summer 2013 we the legacy Debitek cash-to-card system has been replaced with new technology. We expect it to be easy to use and to have added security and convenience, but there will be some inconvenience for end users who need to transfer value from the old system to the new one.

If you have remaining value on your U Card, please bring it to the Cashiers Window in the Darland lobby and they will transfer that value into a new account for you. You will be able to continue using your U Card to access this value for parking, printing, and chemistry stockroom fees as well as for other services and vendors now under consideration. Now instead of having the value encoded onto a magnetic strip on your U Card, it will be stored in a central account but your U Card will let you access it. You must transfer value before December 20th, 2013After that, the old system will be gone and there will be no way to transfer value from old to new.

If you have remaining value on a legacy "campus cash" visitor or departmental card, bring your card to the Cashiers Window in the Darland lobby and they will transfer that value into a new account for you. They will also provide you with a replacement UMD Campus Cash card that you can continue to use for parking, printing, etc. You must transfer value before December 20th, 2013After that, the old system will be gone and there will be no way to transfer value from old to new.

More explanation about the new technology and why we made the change:
If you look carefully at the back of your current U Card, you will see that there are two magnetic strips (this is true for U Cards issued before Spring, 2013 - newer U Cards will only have the data strip necessary for the new system). The thicker strip near the top of the card is much like any ID or credit card - it contains some identifying information about you. The thin magnetic strip near the bottom of the card is more like a disk drive - it actually stores re-writeable data. It has been used to track cash value for things like Chemistry equipment, parking, and printing. This technology, supported by a company called Debitek, is at the end of life and will no longer be supported by commercial vendors, so we can't get help fixing or replacing it anymore.

The new system will rely on the wider strip and cash value will be tracked in a database separate from the UCard, much more like Dining Dollars are currently tracked. We expect the new system to be easy to use and to have added security and convenience. There will be a transition period for customers to use up or transfer existing Debitek funds. Watch for more details soon.


Related Policies and Procedures:

Terms and Conditions

Add Funds to Your Account Form

Close Your Account Form

Error Resolution Form