The student ID card at the University of Wisconsin–Stout is prepping for a phase out, as the university moves away from the existing StoutOne ID to the new Stout BlueCard.
As reported by the university’s student newspaper, The Stoutonia, the switch comes as a result of the university’s contract with HigherOne expiring next fall. The university has chosen not to renew the contract, opting to do away with a banking partnership and instead to provide a standard student ID card.
The new BlueCard will maintain all the same on-campus functionality as the old cards including checking out library books, using on-campus debit accounts and accessing campus buildings. The major difference is that the BlueCard will not be linked to an external bank account.
The move also means that cards will be issued on site, and students will no longer have to wait for a new or replacement card to be sent to them in the mail.
The university has set a card replacement fee of $20 for a lost card and $10 for a broken card. The old replacement policy charged students $20 for both lost and broken cards, as well as an extra $5 for the temporary card students would need to use while the replacement was being mailed.
The BlueCard’s new design will also makes it compliant with state voter ID laws that are expected to take effect in the future. The back of the card, meanwhile, will feature a list of campus resource phone numbers.
Per the Wisconsin-Stout’s card office website, the new BlueCard includes:
- Instant issuance
- No required activation
- Voter ID compliant
- Reduced replacement card costs
- Free replacement card offered after two 2 years
- No bank account linked to the card
- Important contact numbers listed on back of card
- Improved card quality
- 100% Biodegradable card material