Paying With CrimsonAccounts

Paying with CrimsonAccounts

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

  • CrimsonCash Account: Available to everyone

    This is a declining balance account—similar to a bank debit card, 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 with 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.
    • Bursar: This option is limited to students enrolled at Indiana University. Students can authorize a charge to the University Bursar account. Charges billed to the Bursar account must be paid in full by the billed due date.
    • Payroll Prepaid: This option is available to Indiana University employees other than employees in a “no-pay” status. Eligible employees can add funds to CrimsonCash by authorizing a recurring deduction from each paycheck up to a predetermined limit ($150 for employees paid monthly and $75 for employees paid bi-weekly).


    Make a deposit>>

  • EZ Deposit Account: Available to students only

    This is an optional service typically added during course registration. Student cardholders can authorize a charge of a specific dollar amount to their University Bursar account. This amount must be paid in full by the billed due date.

    Learn more about EZ Deposit>>

  • Payroll Advance Account: Available to benefits-eligible University employees

    This option allows eligible employees to make purchases with their CrimsonCard up to a predetermined limit—$150 for employees paid monthly and $75 for employees paid bi-weekly. Funds are then deducted from the employee's next paycheck.

    Enroll in Payroll Advance>>

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  • Cash cannot be withdrawn from CrimsonAccounts.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 accounts inactive for more than eighteen (18) months are subject to a monthly dormant account fee of $3.
  • If you have a balance on your CrimsonAccount, you may request a refund for a $15 fee at crimsoncard@iu.edu.