Assistant New and Features Editor
When Springfield College students venture into the Bookstore to pick up a last minute Mother’s Day gift or stop at Dunkin Donuts to get some fuel before a long day of classes, they’ll no longer have to pay cash out of pocket. Instead, they will hand over their student I.D. and pay using Pride Dollars.
Students received an email from the Office of Finance and Administration on Tuesday, Mar. 28 introducing the Pride Card system and Pride Dollars. It explained how students will be able to use their current Springfield I.D. to access their Pride Dollars, which are “a prepaid, debit-like account that you can use for purchases where Pride Dollars are accepted for payment.”
The thought came about when the Division of Finance and Administration was looking for a new outlet for students to make transactions in a more secure and convenient way.
“The idea for the Pride Card was brought to our attention by Danny Davis, CIO (Chief Information Officer). He has implemented programs like this at other institutions,” said Rosanne Captain, Assistant VP of Finance and Administration. “It is a safe way for students to make purchases without carrying cash, the funds do not expire and refunds are available upon graduation or separation from the college.”
While the concept of Pride Dollars hasn’t been around long, some students are already realizing ways in which it could make their life easier. Sophomore Kasey Harrington weighed in on this.
“I’m someone who likes to travel as lightly as possible. I don’t like to carry around a bunch of extra things other than my backpack and my lanyard,” said Harrington. “Pride Dollars could be cool because I won’t have to bring my wallet with me around campus and I can rely on my I.D. for basically anything I need.”
As of right now, the Bookstore and Aramark locations are the only places where Pride Dollars are accepted. However, the Division of Finance and Administration is looking to collaborate with additional locations in the future.
“At the moment it is in it’s infancy phase, but we are seeing activity. We believe the activity will increase come the fall with new students and students returning to campus especially with the convenience of use in the bookstore. Our plan is to expand the Pride Card areas accepted over the summer to include vending machines, Post Office and Print Shop,” said Captain.