Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

MidFirst Bank, Arizona State partner to replace Sun Card with MasterCard

Friday, April 13, 2012

Arizona State University, Tempe, and the state’s largest privately-held bank have partnered to implement a MasterCard student ID for students and faculty. Labeled the Pitchfork ID after the school’s nickname, the Sun Devils, the MasterCard is intended to function as a check card and student ID, enabling access to dorms, recreation centers and meal plans.

The switch to the new card, backed by MidFirst Bank, comes as ASU announced on its Web site that the Sun Dollars program designed for off campus use will soon be extinct. The new check card will take its place.

Students and faculty can still opt out of the MasterCard plan and receive a regular Sun Card that functions as an ID, carries meal plans and allows building access, but they would not be able to use Sun Cards for campus vending machines, health services or parking services. Instead, students will have to pay for those with a Pitchfork Card or other form of payment.

The check card will be directly tied to students’ free Sun Devil Checking Account with MidFirst Bank which students can begin signing up for now.

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Porterville College has partnered with U.S. Bank to launch OneCard, Porterville’s new campus identification card.

Combining the student ID with a prepaid debit MasterCard, OneCard is designed as a solution that can help manage student expenses, while expediting the financial aid disbursement process. According to the Porterville Recorder, the new OneCard program is set to commence this spring.

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When officials at Georgia State University decided to revamp the campus security and surveillance systems, they found that the campus poses a few challenges.

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Annual CR80News campus card banking survey

It seems that banks are picking and choosing their battles when it comes to campus card partnerships, with some expanding their reach and others holding steady at their previous numbers. With subtle overall growth, however, it seems that it’s business as usual despite possible future regulations.

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Everett Community College is making it easier for students to get financial aid disbursements, announcing a new EvCC ID card which will double as a US Bank pre-paid MasterCard debit card, according to The Clipper.

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