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MU offers cashless payment options for students

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Don’t have cash on hand? Lucky for you, your student ID card is all you need.

Whether you want to grab something to eat in the Student Center or shop for the latest apparel at University Bookstore, MU makes it easy to get the things you want.

Campus Dining Facilities

Sign up and use E.Z. Charge at any of the Campus Dining Services facilities:

  • Plaza 900
  • Rollins
  • Eva J's
  • Mark Twain Market
  • Baja Grill
  • Pavilion at Dobbs
  • Bookmark Cafe
  • J Cafe
  • Catalyst Cafe
  • Wheatstone Bistro (Memorial Union)
  • Starbucks (Memorial Union)
  • Infusion (Student Center)
  • Pomodoro (Student Center)
  • Do Mundo's  (Student Center)
  • Kate & Emma's (Student Center)
  • Mort's (Student Center)
  • Sunshine Sushi (Student Center)
  • Mizzou Market—Hitt Street (Pershing Commons)
  • Mizzou Market—Southwest (Center building of Southwest housing complex)
  • Mizzou Market—Central (Student Center)


MU offers two ways of using student ID to pay for things around campus, including food, apparel, textbooks and school supplies.

Student Charge allows students to use ID cards to purchase items from the bookstore, which is at 911 E. Rollins St. According to the bookstore website, a maximum of $1,000 a semester may be charged to each student’s university account. Once that maximum has been reached, another form of payment will be required.

Many students choose Student Charge to pay for their textbooks and other class materials.

A second option offered at the university is E.Z. Charge. Steve Simpson, campus dining services associate director, said students can sign up for this free service at any campus dining service facility. He said a signature is required for E.Z. Charge to be activated on a student ID.

Students can use E.Z. Charge at any campus dining service location and at selected vending machines.

Simpson said E.Z. Charge bills can be paid in two ways:

  • Each charge goes directly onto the student’s university bill. Simpson said every week has a $100 charge limit. If a student charges more than $100 in a week, the charge will not be accepted and another form of payment will be required.
  • Students or parents set a dollar amount by making a money deposit. The student can only spend the money available in the account until another deposit is made. 

Students or parents can make a deposit using a credit card over the phone or by visiting the Campus Dining Services administrative office. Simpson said online deposits and transfers will be available for the first time this fall.


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