UH Contemplates a Multipurpose Debit Card
This Cashier accepts a Campus Connection Card for payment at the UC
Satellite. Photo by Michael W. Smith.
The UH card - a school
and credit card that
would allow students to pay
for their tuition, to buy books,
to shop at the local mall and
dine at their favorite restaurant - may be coming to UH.
Assistant Director of
Residential Life and Housing, Jacquelyn Mitchell said
the Campus Connection card
has the potential of being
such a card.
Students at Florida
State University in Tallahassee have this type of card.
They are the first university
to have the option to pay their
tuition through their university I.D./debit card. Their
debit card, financed by a local
bank, allows the students to
use ATM systems across the
Southeast and Plus Networks
all over the world.
FSU students, professors and employees can use
the card to pay for haircuts,
food, clothes, tires and other
things. The card is the first
campus I.D. card of its kind
to be fully integrated into a
banking system in the United
The FSU Card is
similar to the Campus Connection card used in the UH
Residence Halls. It has the
student's name and picture
on the front side and a magnetic stripe on the back. This
allows the students to itemize their meals instead of paying one flat rate to eat in the
The UH Campus
Connection cards allow a student to eat at four locations
around campus: the Moody
Towers, the Quad, the UC
and the Satellite. The card is
like a debit card, but students
buy a meal plan ranging from
$1000 to $2000.
"I hope someday students will be able to use the
Campus Connection card for
fee payments, at the bookstore and the athletic events,"
Mitchell said besides
the campus residents, not a
lot of people are taking advantage of the meal program.
She said it is available to fac
ulty, staff and students who
live on or off campus.
She said students
who are not living on campus
can purchase Connection
Cards worth $50 or more. She
said the cards can be increased but not decreased.
The Campus Connection cards are being used with
a new system called National
Brand Concepts. The concept allows restaurants to be
franchised into the university cafeterias through ARA
food services. Among the
franchises are Blimpies,
Pizza Hut, Chick Fil-A,
Whataburger and Taco Bell.
"I like the idea," said
Blaine Reed, a Moody Tower
resident and card holder. He
said the I.D./debit card would
be accessible and convenient.
Joel Nahoun, an English sophomore, said he
wouldn't like the card because
there would be too much information in one place if he
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A closeup of the Campus Connection Card- hopefully soon to be multipurpose. Photo by Michael W. Smith.