The University of New Brunswick is adding a unique feature to its campus ID by harkening back the oldest payment method around, cash.
The new university identification cards double as cash cards that can be used at selected businesses on campus. The new IDs have seemingly been a big hit, as an estimated 1,100 students have already made the switch to the new credential.
According to New Brunswick’s CBCNews, the new cards are also contactless, enabling students to make purchases at nine businesses throughout campus with a simple with a tap of their card. The university previously enlisted mag stripe cards and personal identification numbers.
The card boasts some new security features as well. In addition to a photograph, the cards feature a hologram in the hopes of deterring counterfeit IDs.
A station installed at the university library makes depositing money on the Ucard easy. Here, students can deposit money onto the card or accept payments from it.
University officials hope to expand the Ucard program to include laundry services for residence hall students so they don’t have to worry about having coins. There are also plans to add more services in the coming months, including using the IDs for keycard access to residences and secure areas on campus.
The card will also accept gift deposits, but the chips will be programmed to deny and alcohol purchases.