Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

College debit cards expanding

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Campus cards with debit functionality are catching on among universities, according to this article in Nebraska’s Lexington Clipper-Herald, which calls the card “a must-have accessory.”

About 2,000 U.S. campuses now issue such cards, which can be used to purchase books, items from vending machines and almost anything else with a price tag.


However, the MavCard issued by the University of Nebraska at Omaha is not a true debit card because students there did not request that a banking relationship be added to the card, said a university spokesperson. Instead, money is placed in an account at the university’s MavCard Services Office.

The card went off campus for the first time last fall. Ten stores now accept the card.

Meanwhile, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, students, faculty and staff can link their card to a Wells Fargo Bank checking account to make purchases on and off campus. The card also can work as an ATM card.

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Waukesha County Technical College has started its search for a new banking partner to fill its on-campus location.

A 2009 poll conducted at the Waukesha County Technical College found that 69% of students would use an on-campus bank. Now, the school is seeking proposals for a full-service branch on its Pewaukee campus.

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St. Petersburg College and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have launched the new Universal Pass initiative, which enables SPC students and employees to ride the bus for free by showing their university ID as they board.

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All currently enrolled Brookdale students will now receive a Brookdale OneCard. This includes visiting, fast start, dual enrollment, distance learning, early high school students and high technology high school students taking classes on the Brookdale campus.

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Off-campus programs inhabit an odd place for colleges and universities. Institutions can sometimes build a modest revenue stream from these programs and students seem to enjoy using their student ID card at places beyond the campus.

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