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! 

Top 3 CrimsonCard Tips:  

  1. Always have your CrimsonCard with you. You're likely to use it at some point throughout the print, get into a lab, take a test or buy lunch.
  2. Don't lose your CrimsonCard. It'll cost you $25 to get a new one.
  3. Check out the Deal of the Day. Chances are there's at least one deal worth having funds in your CrimsonCash account!

Basic CrimsonCard Information

If you have your IU username and passphrase, let's go ahead and get this task checked off your list! 

Below are the requirements your photo must meet to be approved. Scan through them and take/find your best photo that meets these requirements. Once you have your photo, click Submit Photo Here. Follow the steps, and in less than a week, you'll know if it's been approved or if you 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 the 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. Currently, when the campus resumes normal activity, the CrimsonCard office will reopen, and you can come to get your card. At this time, we're not sure when this will happen, but we'll stay in contact and will let you know.

When the time comes, bring a government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport), 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, labs and residence halls
  • print while on-campus using your print quota
  • take tests at the Testing Center
  • access sports and recreation facilities 
  • check out library books
  • access your meal plan 
  • track your attendance in classes and at events

Using CrimsonCash to make purchases

CrimsonCash is money deposited into your CrimsonCash account that can be used to make purchases anywhere CrimsonCash is accepted, 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

The Deal of the Day is a promotion that rewards customers with a variety of deals for using their CrimsonCard as payment. The current deals listed below expire on May 9, 2020. The new deals for 2020-2021 will be listed 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

Registration Bursar Deposit - Available to students only, 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 into your CrimsonCash account two weeks before classes begin. The funds can be used to purchase textbooks, course materials, food, and other items anywhere CrimsonCard is accepted

Website Bursar Deposit - Available to students only, deposits can be made in any amount, at any time from the CrimsonCard website. These deposits can be billed to your student bursar account. 

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. 

Website Deposit - Anyone can make a deposit to your CrimsonCash account from the CrimsonCard website using a debit/credit card or PayPal. A $2.50 fee applies to each deposit made. 

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

At IUPUI some off-campus locations that accept CrimsonCash include: 

  • Kroger Grocery Store
  • Jimmy Johns - Deal of the Day (Sat): Free drink with a sandwich purchase
  • Which Wich - Deal of the Day (Mon): BOGO free sandwich with the purchase of drinks
  • Papa Johns - Deal of the Day (Thurs) - 25% off your total purchase
  • Moe's Southwest Grill - Deal of the Day (Fri) - $6 burrito or burrito bowl
  • Blaze Pizza - Deal of the Day (Tues) - $5 pizza with drink purchase
  • City Bar-B-Que - Deal of the Day (Mon) - 2 free sides with sandwich purchase
  • Chipotle
  • Qdoba
  • And MORE

On-campus CrimsonCash can be used at locations such as: 

  • 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

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
  • Locate your 16-digit card number used to make purchases online at Barnes and Noble at IUPUI 

Bursar Account, Financial Aid and how it relates to CrimsonCash

Every student has a bursar account. This online account is where you'll manage your finances associated with attending IUPUI. Some common expenses charged to your bursar account include tuition, fees, CrimsonCard deposits, housing, meal plans etc. 

Any scholarships and financial aid you receive may be applied to your bursar account, lowering the amount you owe the University.

The University will send your bursar bill on the third Thursday of every month. That bill is due to be paid by the 10th of the following month.

How does my bursar bill relate to my CrimsonCard?

Students can make deposits to their CrimsonCash account to be used to make purchases. These deposits can be billed to your student bursar account, where they can be paid for using any method of payment accepted by the Bursar office.

For example, you log in to your CrimsonCash account and instantly deposit $100 to purchase a textbook. You choose to pay for this $100 deposit by billing it to your bursar account. When you receive your next bursar bill, you will owe the University $100 for the CrimsonCash deposit that was made.

If you are receiving financial aid, including grants, scholarships, or loans, there is a possibility it will pay for your CrimsonCard deposit(s). For this to be a possibility, you must deposit funds to your CrimsonCash account by August 3, 2020. This date ensures your deposit is complete before financial aid is disbursed to your bursar account. You must also complete a Title IV form

Financial aid will cover the cost of essential expenses first. These expenses include tuition, fees, amongst many more. If aid remains after paying the essential expenses, it could pay for CrimsonCard deposits made by August 3, 2020. 

It's recommended that questions about financial aid be directed to a representative from the Financial Aid office. 

While you can't directly bill your textbook purchase to your bursar account, you can bill a CrimsonCash deposit to your bursar account. You can then use your CrimsonCard to purchase your textbooks at the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, either in-person or online.

Those wanting to use CrimsonCash to make purchases on the IUPUI Barnes and Noble website must utilize the 16-digit card number starting with "6012". This number can be found on your CrimsonCard. If you not received your physical CrimsonCard yet, you can find this number online by following these steps:

2. Click the "Manage Your ID Card" button.
3. Log in with your IU username and passphrase.
4. Click the "My ID Card" button
5. Locate the 16 digit card number starting with "6012". This number is needed to complete the transaction on the campus bookstore website. If your 16 digit card number is not available online, check again at a later date. It may take 7-10 days before your number is available.

If you make a CrimsonCard deposit before August 3, 2020, and have a signed Title IV form on file, there is a possibility your financial aid will pay for your CrimsonCard deposit(s) made before August 3, 2020. 

You can then use your CrimsonCard to purchase textbooks and supplies from the campus bookstore, both online and in-store. 

Otherwise, if you are receiving a financial aid refund, you can wait for it to be direct deposited into your account or sent to you via a check.