The University of Tennessee unveiled an off-campus program with 24 area businesses, according to Tennessee Today.
The university worked with a third-party vendor to arrange agreements with restaurants, retail, and vendors. The vendor installed the equipment and other technology that enables these off-campus businesses to scan and the VolCard. So far the business that have signed up appear to all be restaurants.
Students, faculty, and staff can add VolCard funds through the MyUTK account. Students can also transfer excess financial aid up to $1,000 each semester to their campus ID by designating an amount on MyUTK. Additionally, students can request the unused funds from their Flex Plan account be rolled over in to their VolCard account at the end of each semester.
The university expects to add additional merchants in the coming semester. Students should look for merchants with the “VolCard Accepted Here” sign in the window.
UT also added some dining options for students coming back to campus for the fall semester. The first phase of the Student Union opened in June. Along with the return of Chick-Fil-A, Subway, and Starbucks, the new facility has added Qdoba, Salad Creations, and AFC Sushi & Wok.