How much should I deposit?

There is no set depoisit amount or balance associated with the UCard debit account.  However, to assist you with planning for the upcoming semester, the UCard Office has put together the following recommendation for a typical semester:

  • $175.00     Supplies                                                        
  • $225.00     Laundry, Snacks, Miscellaneous             
  • $   0.00     Books*                                                           

 
For a total of $400.00 per semester.  Again, this is only an estimate; each student's expenses will be different.  If $400 isn't sufficient for the student's needs,  additional deposits can always be made.  Conversely, if $400 turns out to be more than was needed, the funds roll over from semester to semester and year to year.  The funds are not lost and can be used in the future.
 
* Please be aware that UMass no has longer a bookstore on campus.  Students should purchase books through the UMass online bookstore operated by Amazon.com.  As Amazon does not currently accept the UCard as payment, parents and students should not deposit funds on the UCard for the purpose of purchasing books

Location & Hours

168 Whitmore Administration Bldg. (Map)
Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
(Extended Hours & Holiday Exceptions)

Contact Information

Email: ucard@admin.umass.edu
Telephone: (413) 545-0197
FAX: (413) 577-0644

Mailing Address

UCard Office
P.O. Box 2364
Amherst, MA 01004-2364