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Cash-to-Card Machine System Upgrade

ITSS is working locally with the Business Office, Library, Auxiliary Services, UMD Stores, and Chemistry to upgrade to a new technology for campus cash. We have also met with the UCard office and consulted with the Office of General Council on the Twin Cities campus. We are happy to have made a great deal of progress on this very complicated project and we expect to implement the new system in June 2013.

The new technology will still allow use of the Ucard, but the cash value will live in a secure database instead of being magnetically written to the card.

For the past fourteen years, UMD has supported a method of spending, using the UCard, that relies on a magnetic strip on the card storing cash value. Students, faculty and staff use this by putting cash value on their card at one of several cash-to-card machines around campus and then expending that value by printing in the labs, making copies in the library, purchasing chemistry supplies, and parking in the pay lots. The technology we currently use to do these types of transactions is no longer supported by any vendor.

Diagram: Legacy UCard

Legacy UCards that have been in use for the past several years will support this new technology. These older cards have both a "data strip" for the new technology and a "campus cash" strip that stored Debitek value. New UCards will only have the data strip that supports the new technology. Unlike Ucards, legacy Debitek value cards will not work with the new system. A new type of cash value card will be available for users who do not have a UCard.

We will encourage users to expend as much of the value from their cards as possible by the end of Spring 2013. There will be a process to move cash value from the old system to the new one, but it will require end users to visit a cashier.

More details will be shared as they emerge. Please email Jason Davis,, if you have any questions or concerns.