Big plans are in store for the Purdue University Identification (PUID) Card, the official university identification that serves as a student and employee key to gain access to various facilities and services on campus.
Earlier this week, the Purdue Card Services Office commenced Phase One to upgrade the Purdue ID Card system software. Administrators and software technicians affirmed the upgrade was a necessity, as the old software is now 20-years-old and no longer supported by the vendor.
Phase Two will enable students to deposit money directly into their accounts online and is expected to occur sometime during the fall. This change is an effort to make depositing funds into Purdue ID Cards more convenient, as the current method requires students to manually bring a check to the card services office.
Likely the biggest change, Phase Three, aims to make the cards more like a debit card by enabling students to use them off campus at restaurants and stores near campus via BoilerExpress, the university’s debit account.
Currently, students can use their ID cards to make on-campus purchases for meals and snacks, laundry machines, and photo-copies. And with the aforementioned changes completed, Purdue ID Cards can be expected to swipe at various locations off-campus in the future as well.
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