CrimsonCard 101

CrimsonCard 101

CrimsonCard is the official photo ID for all IU campuses. It provides access to essential university services and can also be used to make purchases both on- and off-campus. It's quite literally your key to campus!

The process of getting your CrimsonCard - including submitting world's best, filter-free picture - is provided below along with additional details on other CrimsonCard features. 

It's almost time to submit your CrimsonCard photo, but before you do, we'd like to propose a challenge. Most students submit at least two and sometimes three photos before receiving final approval. Think you can get approval on your very first photo? 

Before you get too confident, know there are a lot of requirements (listed below) your photo must meet to get approval. Scan through these requirements, take your best photo, and click Submit Photo Here. In less than a week, you'll know if you conquered the challenge or need to submit another photo.

Photo Requirements:

  • Must be current (taken within the last 6 months)
  • Do not use any filters to alter the photo (resist the temptation)
  • Background must be SOLID, smooth, and white, light-colored, or gray 
  • Must be passport-style: forward-facing, head and top of the shoulders in frame
  • No hats, sunglasses, headphones, scarves, etc. (Religious head coverings are permitted)
  • Color photos only
  • Photo must include only you - no pets, friends, props, etc. allowed.
  • Natural or neutral expression/smile
  • Photo must be a .jpg (or .jpeg) file format
  • 3 MB file size limit

Submit Your Photo Here

The answer to this question is a moving target. As it currently stands, when the campus resumes normal activity, the CrimsonCard office will reopen and you can come to get your card. At this time, we are not sure when this will happen. We will stay in contact with you and let you know.
When the time does come, make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport high school photo ID) so we can verify your identity.

Your CrimsonCard will be used to:

  • make purchases both on- and off-campus using CrimsonCash
  • gain secure entry to buildings and residence halls
  • access your meal plan 
  • print while on-campus using your print quota
  • take tests at the Testing Center
  • access sports and recreation facilities 
  • check out library books
  • track your attendance in classes and at events

CrimsonCash is money you deposit to your CrimsonCash account that can be used anywhere CrimsonCash is accepted as payment, both on- and off-campus. Every current student has a CrimsonCash account and can make deposits.  

Benefits of using CrimsonCash: 

  • DISCOUNTS – Deal of the Day
  • Can use funds at any IU campus
  • Make deposits as needed
  • Unused funds roll over year to year
  • The account cannot be overdrawn
  • Manage your account online, including deactivating a lost card
  • More secure than using cash

As a student you have a couple options:

1. Registration Bursar deposit - The Registration deposit is a convenient way to deposit $250, $500 or $750 (both $250 and $500) when registering for classes. The amount you select is billed to your bursar account and deposited to your CrimsonCash account 2 weeks before classes begin. The funds can be used to purchase textbooks, course materials, food, and other items anywhere CrimsonCard is accepted

2. Website Bursar deposit - You can make deposits in any amount, at any time from the CrimsonCard website. These deposits can be billed to your student bursar account or paid for using a debit/credit card. A $2.50 fee applies to all debit/credit card and Paypal deposits. 

Deposits billed to your bursar account can be paid for using financial aid (requires a completed Title IV form), scholarships, grants, 529 funds, or any form of payment accepted by the Bursar Office. Please note, multiple deposits totaling no more than $1,750 per bursar term can be billed to your student bursar account. Other Terms and Conditions apply. 

Anyone can make a deposit to your CrimsonCash account! To do so, they simply need to visit and click on Guest Deposit found in the middle of the homepage. They need to know your University ID number and your last name or user ID. A credit/debit card or Paypal can be used and a $2.50 fee will apply to each deposit. 



Yes! Students can manage their CrimsonCash account online at by clicking on the Manage My ID Card and logging in with your username and passphrase. 

From here you can: 

  • Make a deposit
  • Check your balance
  • View your transaction history
  • Deactivate a lost or stolen CrimsonCard
  • Set up automatic account notifications

Funds on your CrimsonCard can be used at over 200 locations statewide, both on- and off-campus!

At IUPUI these funds can be used at any dining location on-campus, Barnes and Noble at IUPUI, Student Health Services, CAPS (Couseling and Psychological Services), vending machines, connecting hospital cafeterias, gift shops, pharmacies and much more!

Off-campus you can use your funds a restaurant favorites such as, Kroger, Jimmy Johns, Qdoba, Which Wich, Papa Johns, Moe's Southwest Grill, Blaze Pizza, Chipotle, City Bar-B-Que and more!

Visit here for a complete listing of vendors who accept CrimsonCash as payment!


The Deal of the Day rewards customers who pay with their CrimsonCard with special deals on certain days of the week. The deals below expire May 9, 2020. New deals for the 2020-2021 year will be announced soon!


Which Wich
910 W. 10th St.
Buy one get one free sandwich with the purchase of drinks

City BBQ
621 W. 11th St.
2 free sides with regular sandwich purchase

710 W. 10th St.
Buy one get one free 1/3lb Thickburger


Blaze Pizza
913 Indiana Ave.
$5.00 pizza with drink purchase (limit one per purchase)
*Extra charge for gluten free, high rise, or vegan cheese.

Tandoor and Tikka
805 W. 10th St.
$6 Chicken/Panner Entree


Sushi Boss
803 W. 10th St.
$5 California Roll

825 W. 10th St.
$15.99 large 1-topping pizza, 2 liter soda and full order of breadsticks–Promo code: 893



Stacked Pickle
910 W. 10th St.
15% off your transaction*
*Exclusions apply. 

801 W. 10th St.
Free small fry and drink with purchase of a regular sandwich at full price

Papa John's
955 Indiana Ave.
25% off your total purchase


910 W. 10th St.
$6 burrito or burrito bowl

Barnes and Noble @ IUPUI
50% off handcrafted beverages

Big City Grill and Lemonade.
23 E. 38th St.
$8.00 Philly steak combo


Jimmy Johns
605 W. 11th St.
Free drink with purchase of a sandwich

Foundry Provisions
236 E. 16th St.
Free drink with purchase of a sandwich

Punch Burger
137 E. Ohio St.
Free side of fries with the purchase of a burger