The number of off-campus merchants that can accept Washington State University’s CougarCard loaded with Cougar Cash has dropped from 32 to 10. But the school is offering a new CougarCard Maxx that includes Visa debit functionality, making the card usable worldwide. Students, however, will have to have a U.S. Bank account to take advantage of the feature.
Cougar Cash, the Pullman, Wash. school’s name for its declining balance account, will still be accepted at 10 merchant locations on or adjacent to the university campus. That’s the new definition of “on-campus” that was negotiated with Visa, said a university spokesperson. The university had to drop the other merchants due to a Visa policy. Campuses only need to change off-campus programs if they want to offer students a Visa-branded card.
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