Domer Dollars now accepted off campus

Author: Colleen O'Connor

Domer Dollars, those convenient electronic funds that turn your campus ID card into a debit card, are no longer limited to campus purchases. Early in January, a pilot program was rolled out, inviting selected off-campus merchants to partner with Notre Dame in extending use of the ID card.

To date, eight well-known eateries have accepted, taking the opportunity to tap into a new market of potential customers. They are Biggby Coffee, Chipotle, Domino’s Pizza, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Five Guys, Jimmy John’s, Let’s Spoon and Papa John’s.

The expansion of Domer Dollars to off-campus merchants is in response to requests from student government, as well as ImproveND surveys.

Domer Dollars eliminate the need to carry cash or other cards. Unlike a credit card, there are no debts, no interest charged and no monthly bill. A Domer Dollars account statement is sent to your Notre Dame email address each month. Additionally, Domer Dollars do not expire. Your balance is carried forward as long as you are a Notre Dame student or employed by the University.

Deposits to the card can be made electronically by going to DomerDollars.nd.edu, or in person with exact cash or check at the Card Services Office located in the lower level of the South Dining Hall, north entrance.

According to Scott Kachmarik, director of auxiliary services, “As the pilot program continues to evolve, we will look to partner with other merchants throughout the South Bend/Mishawaka area later this spring and summer. We believe there is a lot of potential for significant expansion of this secure and easily accessible method of payment for our faculty, staff and students as well as opportunities to partner with local merchants.”

The off-campus extension of Domer Dollars is a first step in a planned reorganization of Notre Dame’s Card Services program. “We are looking to develop, implement and market a new campus ID card system in collaboration with other departments that will result in a one-card concept,” says David Harr, associate vice president for auxiliary operations. “By merging all ID card functions and services, faculty, staff and students gain more efficient and convenient use of their card.”

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