Paying With CrimsonAccounts

Paying with CrimsonAccounts

A CrimsonCard can be connected to two different kinds of accounts based on whether you are an IU student or employee.

This is a declining balance account where funds must be present in your CrimsonCash account in order to make a transaction, and your account cannot be overdrawn.

To activate your CrimsonCash account, just make a deposit using one of the following options:

  • Credit Card: Deposit funds into your CrimsonCash account using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, JCB, or Discover. Anyone can deposit money into your account using this option including family and friends.

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  • Bursar:  This option is limited to students enrolled at Indiana University. Students may load up to $1750 into their CrimsonCash account each Bursar term, provided the Bursar account remains in good standing and has not become past due.
  • Payroll Prepaid: This option is available to Indiana University employees other than employees in a “no-pay” status. Eligible employees can add funds to their CrimsonCash account by authorizing a recurring deduction from each paycheck up to a predetermined limit, $200 for employees paid monthly and $100 for employees paid bi-weekly.

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This option allows eligible employees to make purchases with their CrimsonCard up to a predetermined limit—$200 for employees paid monthly and $100 for employees paid bi-weekly. Funds are then deducted from the employee's next paycheck.

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To request a refund of your CrimsonCash account, complete the Request a Refund form (CAS authentication required). 

If you are unable to log in or have questions about the refund process, send an email including your name and University ID number to Please note there is a $15 processing fee to request a refund. The fee will be subtracted from your current balance.

Additional details about CrimsonAccounts

  • CrimsonAccounts are separate from campus meal plans and RPS Dining Services accounts; however, all can be accessed using the CrimsonCard.
  • CrimsonAccounts cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, lottery tickets, gift cards, money orders or travelers’ checks.
  • Cash cannot be withdrawn from CrimsonAccounts.
  • CrimsonAccounts inactive for more than eighteen (18) months are subject to a monthly dormant account fee of $10.
  • If you have a balance on your CrimsonAccount, you may request a refund for a $15 fee.