Open a Debit Account

Please Note:

All students should automatically have UCard debit accounts.   If you feel that for some reason an account wasn't assigned to you, log in to GET to confirm.   Please DO NOT submit an online debit application without first confirming that you don't already have an account.

Thank you!

The UCard Debit Account is a UMass Amherst declining balance debit account provided to UMass community members to make on-campus puchases convenient and easy.  To learn more about the debit account including cost and eligibility requirements, please go here.


How do I open a UCard Debit Account?

Students: Starting in June 2016 all students have automatically been assigned UCard Debit Accounts.

Employees (Faculty & Staff) and NENS: Currently, employees and NENS must request a debit account either by 

Others: Visitors, guests, and others who do not qualify for a UCard can still obtain a Debit Account  of a sorts by obtaining a Guest Card from one of the several Value Ports located accross campus (Campus Center, Hampshire Convience Store, W.E.B. DuBois Library, and the LGRC Physical Sciences Library) You do not need to submit a debit application to purchase one of these cards. However, they have several drawbacks to UCard Debit Accounts:

  • Guest cards are anonymous. If you lose or damage your guest card, the funds on that card are lost.
  • Similarly, these funds cannot be refunded, even if you leave the university.
  • The only way to deposit funds on to a guest card is by making a cash deposit at a Value Transfer Station.
  • The cards are magnetic stripe only cards and will not work with campus vending machines.

I'm ready to sign up.  What now?

To open a UCard Debit Account, all you need to do is submit an online UCard Debit Account request.   NOTE: Although all incoming students are automatically given a UCard debit account, we have been receiving a large number of requests from students to open accounts.  In response to this, the UCard Office has temporarily disabled the online request form.  If you feel that you don't have an account for some reason, please contact the UCard Office by phone at (413) 545-0197.   Thank you!

Location & Hours

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

Contact Information

Telephone: (413) 545-0197
FAX: (413) 577-0644

Mailing Address

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