Ram e Card Information
Ram e Card
The Ram E Card is the official West Chester University ID card, and so much more! A declining balance debit card, the Ram e Card can allow you to make cash-free purchases using Ram Bucks all over campus, as well as select off-campus locations.
Ram Bucks is an account that is accessed through your Ram e Card. You can never spend more than the amount on your account. With using Ram Bucks there are no worries about bounced checks, credit card bills, or interest payments. The Ram e Card also provides swipe access into the recreation center, your residence hall, and other campus events. If you are a WCU student, faculty, or staff member, you are eligible for a Ram e Card.
Ram e Card Account Benefits:
- Easy activation and replacement of lost/stolen/damaged Ram e Cards
- Safer than carrying cash
- No monthly service fees or interest charges like checking or credit card accounts
- No risk of overdrawn accounts
- No minimum balance required
- Convenient to use
- Account management/information available online anytime
- Discounts for using the Ram e Card at participating locations
- Know your money is being used locally
- Budget to meet your estimated expenses
- Deposit money onto a Ram e Card easily and securely
Estimated Semester Student Expenses
Textbooks: $300 - $450
School Supplies: $50 - $100
Additional Retail Dining: $150 - $300
Miscellaneous Expenses: $100 - $150
Estimated Semester Total: $600 - $1000
By initiating transactions with a Ram e Card, the cardholder agrees to the Ram e Card Terms & Conditions which are available to view on this website under the "Terms & Conditions" link to the left.
How to obtain a Ram e Card
For Students: All currently enrolled students of West Chester University are eligible for a Ram e Card. First year undergraduate students attending the orientation program will have their picture taken during the orientation and will receive their Ram e Cards when they move into their residence hall or attend the second part of orientation. Transfer undergraduate students attending the orientation program will have their picture taken during the orientation and will receive their Ram e Cards at the end of the orientation day. All other students (including transfer students NOT attending the orientation program and graduate students) may obtain their Ram e Card from the Ram e Card Office located on the ground floor of the Sykes Union Building, across from the SSI Bookstore (See "Ram e Card Fees" below). A valid, government-issued, photo ID is required to be shown when obtaining an initial Ram e Card.
For Faculty/Staff: Make sure you have been entered into the payroll system with an active flag for at least 24 hours (this usually takes about two weeks from completing and submitting all necessary paperwork to Human Resources). New Faculty/Staff should call the Ram e Card office during business hours to check if their information has uploaded to the ID card system (different from the university's system). Bring the Employee ID Authorization Form from Human Resources (can be obtained for HR at 201 Carter Drive) to the Ram e Card Office. There is no charge for your initial Ram e Card with the ID authorization Form. A valid, government-issued, photo ID is required to be shown when obtaining an initial Ram e Card.
Ram e Card Fees
Initial Undergraduate Student ID: $12.00
Initial Graduate Student ID: $12.00
Initial or Replacement Faculty/Staff ID: Must have signed HR Employee ID Authorization Form
Lost/Stolen Student ID Replacement: $18.00
Damaged Student ID Replacement: $13.00 (only with exchange of damaged ID, otherwise Lost/Stolen Fee applies)
Change of Photo/Name: $13.00 (only with exchange of previous ID, otherwise Lost/Stolen Fee applies)
Nursing Clinical ID Badge: $6.00
Forms of Payment at the Ram e Card Office:
Cash, Check/Money Order (made payable to: SSI Ram e Card), Ram Bucks, Credit/Debit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover only; $2 administrative fee applies for all credit/debit card transactions)
Online Transaction Administrative Fee (for Ram Bucks deposits made on the Ram e Card website):
$2.00 per transaction
*All fees are subject to change without notice.
Take care of your Ram e Card! Your Ram e Card should be treated with the same care as a credit or ATM card. The magnetic stripe on the back of your card should be protected from scratches, cuts, and other obstructions such as stickers, tape, or clips which can all keep the card from functioning properly.
If your card becomes lost, stolen, damaged, or will no longer swipe, get a new one!
See Terms & Conditions link for more information