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University expands options for TigerCard, Paw Points

The University's TigerCard Office is introducing a new way for students to buy Paw Points for the TigerCard, and is expanding the number of places where students, faculty and staff can make purchases with their cards.

The TigerCard, which is the University's ID card for students, faculty, staff and affiliates, has a magnetic strip that allows it to be used to make purchases from various campus vendors. Students can use the TigerCard to charge items to the accounts through which the University bills them for tuition and other expenses, and also can use it like a debit card by purchasing Paw Points. The points also can be purchased for the TigerCard by faculty, staff and affiliates.

Effective next semester, students can charge the purchase of Paw Points to their University accounts, in addition to continuing to buy points with cash, credit card or check. The new system allows $250 worth of Paw Points to be charged to student accounts each semester. For undergraduates to take advantage of this option, their parents, or the individuals responsible for paying student bills, would opt in to accept this charge on an annual basis. Graduate students can accept this charge by opting in on an annual basis.

The expansion of services comes in response to student requests for increased functionality of the University TigerCard system. The Office of the Executive Vice President and University Services met with Undergraduate Student Government leaders and held a student focus group earlier this semester to gather student input on how the system could be enhanced.

As part of the expanded services, the TigerCard will be accepted at new on-campus and affiliated locations. Paw Points, TigerCard charges to student accounts, and the departmental Tower Card are now accepted forms of payment at the newly opened Labyrinth Books. The independent book store will begin supplying academic textbooks to University students for the spring term.

Paw Points and Tower Cards also are now accepted at the Princeton University Store insignia and apparel shop on Nassau Street and will be accepted at the Princeton University Store's primary location on University Place after renovations are completed in spring 2008. The University Place location will feature a convenience/grocery store open 24 hours and sell products such as dorm supplies and stationery.

University Ticketing plans to start accepting Paw Points at various campus ticket offices during the spring term as well.

Also effective spring semester 2008, all but two student agencies will convert to accept Paw Points, in addition to cash, credit cards and departmental charges. The Tiger Foods and Water delivery agencies will continue to accept charges to student accounts through the spring semester. Effective fall semester 2008, all student agency businesses will no longer accept charges to student accounts and will continue to accept Paw Points, cash, credit cards and departmental charges as forms of payment.

The TigerCard Office will send a mailing to parents and graduate students enabling them to purchase $250 worth of Paw Points through the new student account option; an online form also is being developed. Charge requests will be honored for students in active enrollment status and in good financial standing.

Paw Points still can be purchased at any time through the TigerCard Office website, the TigerCard Office at New South and at the Value Transfer Station at the Frist Campus Center. If a card is lost or stolen, users should suspend points accounts through the TigerCard Office website and immediately notify the TigerCard Office during normal business hours.

General Manager for University Services Paul Breitman said the University plans to conduct future focus groups to receive feedback on the newly expanded services and to consider additional expansion of the TigerCard system.

"The expansion of future service and functionality of the TigerCard Office will be ongoing and a work in progress," Breitman said. "We look forward to continuing to work with students as we consider future enhancements of the TigerCard program."

Paw Points, TigerCard charges to student accounts, and Tower Card will continue to be accepted at all residential dining halls, athletic concessions at Princeton Stadium and Jadwin Gymnasium, and at all retail dining operations on campus, including Café Vivian, C-Store, and Food Gallery in Frist, as well as these other cafés: Chancellor Green, E-Quad, Genomics and Woodrow Wilson. The Garden and Tap Room at Prospect House will continue to accept Paw Points and Tower Card. In addition, Paw Points will continue to be accepted for photocopying services in the libraries and in Frist.

Members of the campus community who have questions may contact David Tierney, associate director of the TigerCard Office, at dtierney@princeton.edu.

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