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What is a SpiritCard?
Think of your SpiritCard as your passport to Oakland University. Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat, checking out a book, going to the Rec Center or cheering for the Golden Grizzlies, your SpiritCard makes it happen. The SpiritCard is also your:
  • meal plan and dining card
  • library card
  • after-hours access to campus residence halls and computers
  • Recreation Center membership card
  • ticket to discounts on select campus activities and services
  • access to your SpiritCash funds

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How do I get a SpiritCard (student ID) and how long does it take?
You can get your SpiritCard at OU’s ID Card Office, 112 Oakland Center, adjacent to the Fireside Lounge, in about five minutes. New undergraduate students will receive their SpiritCards during orientation. Graduate students may go directly to the ID Card office.
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How do you get your SpiritCard?
Get your card from the ID Card Office located in the Oakland Center. The ID Card Office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and extended hours during the first week of the fall and winter semesters. The first SpiritCard is free for registered students, faculty and staff. There is a nominal charge for replacement cards.
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I have an original design SpiritCard, do I need to get a new card?
No, the original design SpiritCard will continue to work for all on-campus services. You will need to upgrade to a SpiritCard Plus and open an OU Credit Union account to take advantage of the MasterCard features.
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What happens if my SpiritCard is lost or misplaced?
Contact the ID Card Office immediately at 112 Oakland Center or (248) 370-2291. If you have the Plus feature, you also must contact Credit Union ONE at (248) 475-2607.
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What is SpiritCash?
SpiritCash is a fast and easy alternative to carrying cash on campus. With SpiritCash, your SpiritCard becomes a pre-paid debit card. When you make a purchase, your SpiritCash account is debited. No need to fumble with cash. A monthly electronic activity statement shows where you used your SpiritCash to help keep track of your spending. With the SpiritCash feature, you also can take advantage of periodic promotions and discounts.

You can use SpiritCash at:
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How do you activate your SpiritCash account?
Activating your SpiritCash debit account is as simple as making a deposit. Just deposit any amount into your SpiritCash account by visiting the ID Card Office or a value transfer station (VTS) on campus, or mailing in a deposit envelope. You’ll be on your way to cash-free spending on campus.
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How do I add money to my SpiritCash account?
You can make a deposit on your SpiritCash account using a value transfer station located near the open computer labs or in person at the ID Card Office. For more information, see the ID Card Office Web site.
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Am I required to use the SpiritCash option?
SpiritCash is an optional feature that offers you the added convenience of not having to carry cash to complete purchases on campus. However, it is required to print at PrintWise computer labs and to make photocopies throughout campus.
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What is the difference between SpiritCash and the SpiritCard Plus feature?
SpiritCash is an on campus only draw down debit account. SpiritCard Plus links your SpiritCard to your Credit Union ONE checking account and is accepted internationally anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
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How does the SpiritCard Plus feature work?
This feature adds MasterCard debit functionality to your SpiritCard. Your SpiritCard continues to provide all the on-campus services available to you. Off campus, use your SpiritCard Plus at ATMs and anywhere you see the MasterCard symbol to make purchases, which are deducted from your Credit Union ONE checking account.
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Is the SpiritCard Plus a credit card?
No, it’s an OU SpiritCard with a Credit Union One debit card feature. The MasterCard symbol means you can use it wherever MasterCard is accepted.
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Where is the SpiritCard Plus feature accepted?
On campus your SpiritCard is your official university picture ID, providing access to a range of campus services. Nationwide or internationally, use your SpiritCard Plus feature at ATMs and anywhere you see the MasterCard symbol to make purchases that are deducted from your Credit Union ONE checking account.
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Am I required to add the Plus feature?
The SpiritCard Plus feature is optional and offers you additional benefits.
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How can I apply for an Oakland University Credit Union checking account?
Visit the OU Spirit Card Plus Web site and click on “Open My Oakland University Credit Union Account.” Or, you can visit any Oakland University Credit Union branch. To locate the branch nearest you, visit the Oakland University Credit Union website.”
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