18 June, 2015
Beginning with the coming fall semester, West Virginia University will enable its students to make purchases from off-campus eateries and retail locations with the university’s student debit account, Mountie Bounty. WVU will join an already extensive roster of universities that have struck partnerships with off-campus vendors and local merchants to enable purchases with the campus card.
Per a report from The Daily Athenaeum, WVU’s Student Government Association has been working with the university to expand the dining options available to students. The university recognized that a great many other universities provide the same services, and felt it was time to bring WVU up to speed.
In addition to a vested interest from the university’s student government, there has been strong support from local businesses as well, with some local Morgantown merchants calling the Mountain Card Office to inquire about a partnership.
Per the report, Mountaineer Card Services has played a central role in the project from the start to ensure everything is taken care of and the system can start working as soon as possible. Information packets had been sent to local merchants earlier in the semester to explain the process and how businesses could get involved.
Mountie Bounty is already accepted at a wide variety of on-campus restaurants and shops, but the off-campus project hopes to add businesses like Panera Bread, CVS and McDonald’s in time for the start of the fall semester. For students, the process will mimic their current experience with Mountie Bounty, simply swiping their university ID to make purchases.