How does it work?
Bear Bucks acts just like a debit account, but with no danger of overdraft. You can deposit money using cash, check, or a credit/debit card, then simply swipe your card at any venue that takes Bear Bucks. All it takes is a minimum deposit of $25 to get started. Be sure to read our Bear Bucks terms and conditions for all the details.
How do I make a deposit into my Bear Bucks account?
- log in to your myKU account with your student ID number and password
- click on "student center"
- scroll down to the Finances section
- in the drop down box, choose "purchase items"
- enter any whole dollar amount you choose for Bear Bucks
- proceed through the checkout process
Our office can also take cash and checks now for Bear Bucks Deposits!
Why should I use it instead of cash?
It's safe. When you're walking across campus after dark, do you want to carry cash? Your KU ID card, and therefore your Bear Bucks, is usable only by you. If we verify that someone stole your card or number, you get that money back. If you lose your card, you can suspend it online making it unusable by anyone.
It's reloadable, 24/7. If you're running low in your account, students can just log into myKU to add more with a credit card or they may stop in our office to load their ID card with cash or check during normal business hours.
It's convenient. You might not always have your wallet with you, but because you use your card for meals, door access, library privileges, and pretty much everything else, chances are you'll have your card with you. And you probably won't have to dump out your bag to find it buried at the bottom with the small change.
But isn't Bear Bucks just for students?
No, it's not just for students. Faculty and staff can use Bear Bucks just as students do. Faculty and staff can visit the KU Card Office to make a deposit using cash and check. It's that easy.
You can check your balance anytime, and see your transaction history online.
Where can I use Bear Bucks?
Bear Bucks is taken at many locations on and off-campus. Check the "On Campus Locations" and "Off Campus Locations" pages for a complete list or stop in our office and we'll provide you with a list you can take with you.
You cannot use Bear Bucks to purchase alcohol or tobacco products at any of our locations. You cannot withdrawal any money from your Bear Bucks account; it must be spent with your ID card.
Bear Bucks is your most flexible spending account, on or off-campus.
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