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Northwestern drops outdated payment system

Friday, April 27, 2012

Northwestern University is eliminating what it calls “an antiquated system” with the discontinuance of its CashStripe program, which students use to transfer cash to their WildCARD to pay for print jobs and buy products from select vending machines.

The decision to spike the program was made after the library decided to upgrade to a new online payment system for printing.


“It’s pretty much is an antiquated system,” said Art Monge, WildCARD program manager, of CashStripe. “It’s about 20 years old.”

Students previously used CashStripe at the food court, dorm laundry rooms and outside campus vendors, such as Burger King, but these programs were phased out over time. Most recently, laundry machine readers were switched out from CashStripe to another payments program two years ago, said Monge.

CashStripe is still accepted at some vending machines on campus that have not been updated to accept credit cards.

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