The University of Indiana Bloomington is introducing the All Access Plan that will add new deposit options via the bursar’s office to the established campus payment card. The change is expected to increase flexibility and spending at dining facilities, food kiosks and vending machines throughout campus and at many local restaurants, convenience stores, pharmacies, bookstores and other service providers in the area.
The new plan was introduced in a pilot project to students residing on campus during the 2010 fall semester.
“The response from participating students and their parents has been very positive,” said Pat Connor, executive director of Residential Programs and Services, who said students have been enthusiastic about the plan’s flexibility.
“Given the positive reviews, we intend to extend the plan to all new incoming RPS (Residential Programs and Services) residents, in addition to returning residents, as they make their housing and meal plan arrangements for the 2011-2012 academic year,” Connor added.
Any student enrolled at the Bloomington Campus can participate in the All Access Plan, regardless of where he or she resides – on or off campus.
In addition to extending students’ dining options, deposits in CampusAccess accounts enable students to have discretionary funds available in advance for the purchase of books, school supplies and other necessities.
“Parents of students have mentioned how billing the deposits through the bursar has helped them with their budgeting,” said Jeff Vonderschmidt, systems and development manager for Campus Card Services. “Being able to make deposits at the beginning of each semester is convenient for many families and eliminates the worry about whether or not their student has money for necessities.”