More than just a photo ID: Students can use MavCARDs a variety of ways


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Cassie Wade

Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha have the power to pay for a slice of pizza, receive free tickets to hockey games and check out library books all with a swipe of their student identification card, otherwise known as a MavCARD.

According to the MavCARD services website, MavCARDs, which are distributed to all UNO students during the new student orientation process, serve as a “key to campus life,” both literally by working as an access key to parking garages and residence halls and figuratively by granting students free access to campus sponsored events, such as home regular season hockey games and student theater productions.

Biology major Mikala Hunt recommends new students use their MavCARDs to score free tickets to campus events because of the positive impact attending sporting events has had on her own college experience.

“Students should take advantage of the free tickets to UNO Maverick games because it provides a chance to feel connected to the university and other students,” Hunt said. “We are typically labeled broke college students, so any opportunity for a free event with your friends should be taken advantage of.”

Besides granting students access to campus buildings and events, MavCARDs can also be loaded with MavMONEY and be used like a debit card in lieu of cash at many on and off-campus locations.

According to the MavCARD services website, students can deposit MavMONEY onto their MavCARDs in a variety of ways depending on their preferred payment method or location on campus.

Students who prefer to make deposits on their MavCARDs in person can go to the MavCARD services office in the Milo Bail Student Center where cash, credit cards and checks are accepted or use one of six MavMONEY Cash to Card machines located around campus.

For the tech savvy, MavCARD Online, which enables students, faculty and staff to make deposits online using their NetID and a credit card or the free MavCARD Mobile app designed for iPhone and Android smartphones might be the way to go.

Students like computer science major Matthew Dooley prefer the MavCARD Mobile to other deposit options because the app enables users to also check their balances, view recent transactions and report a lost or stolen MavCARD.

“It’s [the MavCARD Mobile app] the quickest way to add money to my MavCARD,” Dooley said. “It’s convenient to check the balance of my card in Milo Bail before I purchase food to know if I need to load more money.”

Students can use their MavCARD in place of cash or credit virtually anywhere goods or services are available on campus, including vending machines, the Scott Dining Hall and the bookstore.

Purchases made with your MavCARD at the Milo Bail Student Center’s second floor food court and WEPA printing stations are eligible for a discount.

Off-campus locations accepting student’s MavMONEY include many food and grocery options near campus, including Orange Leaf, Lighthouse Pizza and CVS/ pharmacy.

A complete list of on and off campus locations accepting MavMON-EY can be found on the MavCARD services website.