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Additional Funds/ Plans

Retriever Dollars

This is the money that you manually add to your account. It can be used anywhere on and off campus where the card is accepted. A listing of off-campus merchants that will accept Retriever Dollars as payment can be found here. Retriever Dollars can be used across campus to pay for tuition, purchase textbooks, postage, event tickets, UMBC apparel and much more. Money deposited to your Retriever Dollars may only be refunded when the account has been marked as a dormant account. Additional details regarding dormant accounts and refunds may be found here.
 
How to add Retriever Dollars:

CASH
Cash-to-Card machine locations:

  • The Commons – first floor
  • Departments which accept deposits:

  • Student Business Services – Administration Building, 3rd Floor
  • CHECK
    Mail or hand deliver a check to our office. All checks must be made out to UMBC and your campus ID number (ex: AA12345) should be written on the check.

    ONLINE
    Click here to add funds to your Retriever Card with any valid American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. The minimum deposit amount is $10 and for each deposit there is a 2.75% convenience fee. You may also access your account to make a deposit through your myUMBC profile.


    Flex

    Flex is a predetermined amount of money automatically added to your card with the purchase of a meal plan. Each plan has a designated allotment of Flex that is available on a per semester basis. More information about meal plans and associated Flex values can be found here. You cannot add more Flex once it has been depleted. Flex can only be used for food purchases and will expire at the end of the semester.


    Food Fund

    Food Fund is money that is added manually to your card and can only be used for food purchases on and at participating off-campus merchants. Money deposited to your Food Fund may only be refunded when the account has been marked as a dormant account. Additional details regarding dormant accounts and refunds may be found here.
     
    How to add Food Fund:

    CASH
    Cash-to-Card Machine Locations:

  • The Commons – first floor
  • CHECK
    Mail or hand deliver a check to our office. All checks must be made out to UMBC and your campus ID number (ex: AA12345) should be written on the check. Please specify ‘Food Fund’ on the check as well.

    ONLINE
    Click here to add funds to your Retriever Card with any valid American Express, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. The minimum deposit amount is $10 and for each deposit there is a 2.75% convenience fee. You may also access your account to make a deposit through your myUMBC profile.
     
    STUDENT BILL
    With Food Fund, you have the option to buy now and pay later through your UMBC bill. Funds will be applied to your account within 1-2 business days of receiving your request and you will be billed for the requested amount. You may add funds by submitting a request directly to the Campus Card Center or through the Chartwells Dine on Campus website.


    Chartwells Rewards

    Chartwells Rewards is additional money added to your account for purchasing a non-mandatory meal plan and for depositing Retriever Dollars and Food Fund to your card. Rewards are automatically deposited into your account each night and can be used at any dining location on campus. Rewards expire at the end of each semester. Please note that Rewards are not deposited until October 1st during the Fall semesters and March 1st during the Spring semester.

  • Earn 2% for purchasing a non-mandatory meal plan (commuters, apartment students, and Faculty/Staff)
  • Earn 2% for adding Food Fund
  • Earn 2% for adding Retriever Dollars