What is Plaid Cash?
Plaid Cash is a declining balance account for which you may add funds at any time. All student ID Cards are equipped with a Plaid Cash account. Plaid Cash may be used on campus at all Dining Services locations, in the University Book Store and at the Art Store among several other on-campus retail locations. In addition to using funds on-campus, several local businesses accept Plaid Cash as a method of payment. View other locations where Plaid Cash can be used.
How do I open a Plaid Cash account?
Plaid Cash may be added to your ID Card online through SIO. Cash and check payments may also be submitted by visiting ID Card Services in The HUB.
How does it work?
We record the amount of your deposit in your student account and in the Plaid Cash system under your Card ID number. Your Card ID number can be found on the front of your Carnegie Mellon ID Card.
How do I use it?
To use your Plaid Cash account, present your ID Card to the cashier at any location Plaid Cash is accepted and request to make payment using your Plaid Cash funds. Your remaining balance is always reflected on the receipt after each transaction; you may also monitor the balance of your fund on SIO. Detailed account transaction information is also available on SIO.
Can I withdraw money from my Plaid Cash Account?
No, you may not withdraw money from your Plaid Cash account. You may only request a refund at the end of the academic year if the balance is over $25. If there is an emergency, and the money must be withdrawn, you will be charged a withdrawal fee of $25.