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UTSC-developed TCard+ leads U of T with innovative one-card payment system

TCard+ is used to pay for food and services around U of T Scarborough.

TCard+, a Blackboard platform rolled out at U of T Scarborough by Food Partnerships, allows staff and students to use their TCard to pay for goods and services across campus. While St. George and UTM offer limited services for TCard payments, UTSC continues to rapidly expand functionality in many areas. The St. George campus recently adopted the TCard+ brand as they contemplate the growth of the program.

“Everything is moving towards the convenience of a one-card industry,” says Frank Peruzzi, Assistant Director of Food Partnerships at UTSC. “In the future, TCard+ could even replace access fobs for restricted areas and parking lots.”

As new functions for TCard+ appear across campus, students are using it more - almost doubling transactions within one year. The average student redeemed $100.17 via TCard in 2014, compared with $56.37 in its 2013 launch year. For 2015, the stats are again showing a substantial increase in the average redemption per student.

TCard+ can be used across campus to purchase food with either meal plan dollars or TBucks (including the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and selected vending machines), U of T Bookstore purchases such as textbooks, and is the only method of payment for copying and printing. New functionality added in December 2015 enables UTSC residence students to use TCard+ to pay for laundry instead of having to use a separate card. TCard+ users (or their parents) can easily add money via an on-line e-account system.

Another feature unique to UTSC is that departments can use TCard+ to receive payments for almost anything, simplifying cash handling. TCard+ is used to pay for items such as prescriptions at the Health and Wellness Centre, instrument rentals with the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, lab coats and even entire field trips abroad with the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. Departments receive a detailed transaction report and an easy transfer of funds. TCard+ handled over $200,000 in transactions for eight UTSC departments in 2014.

UTSC Food Partnerships also launched TCard+ Guest Cards which can be loaded and re-loaded to give visitors on campus a simple way to access food and services. Guests Cards are also useful as gifts or contest prizes. Staff can also deposit funds to their TCard and take advantage of 5% savings at the Marketplace.

Do you have a cash-handing function that could be streamlined with TCard+? Email Frank Peruzzi.

UTSC-developed TCard+ leads U of T with innovative, one-card payment system

 

TCard+, a Blackboard platform rolled out at U of T Scarborough by Food Partnerships, allows staff and students to use their TCard to pay for goods and services across campus. While St. George and UTM offer limited services for TCard payments, UTSC continues to rapidly expand functionality in many areas. The St. George campus recently adopted the TCard+ brand as they contemplate the growth of the program.

 

“Everything is moving towards the convenience of a one-card industry,” says Frank Peruzzi, Assistant Director of Food Partnerships at UTSC. “In the future, TCard+ could even replace access fobs for restricted areas and parking lots.”

 

As new functions for TCard+ appear across campus, students are using it more - almost doubling transactions within one year. The average student redeemed $100.17 via TCard in 2014, compared with $56.37 in its 2013 launch year. For 2015, the stats are again showing a substantial increase in the average redemption per student.

 

TCard+ can be used across campus to purchase food with either meal plan dollars or TBucks (including the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and selected vending machines), U of T Bookstore purchases such as textbooks, and is the only method of payment for copying and printing. New functionality added in December 2015 enables UTSC residence students to use TCard+ to pay for laundry instead of having to use a separate card. TCard+ users (or their parents) can easily add money via an on-line e-account [FP1] s system.

 

Another feature unique to UTSC is that departments can use TCard+ to receive payments for almost anything, simplifying cash handling. TCard+ is used to pay for items such as prescriptions at the Health and Wellness Centre, instrument rentals with the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, lab coats and even entire field trips abroad with the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. Departments receive a detailed transaction report and an easy transfer of funds. TCard+ handled over $200,000 in transactions for eight UTSC departments in 2014.

 

UTSC Food Partnerships also launched TCard+ Guest Cards which can be loaded and re-loaded to give visitors on campus a simple way to access food and services. Guests Cards are also useful as gifts or contest prizes. Staff can also deposit funds to their TCard and take advantage of 5% savings at the Marketplace.

 

Do you have a cash-handing function that could be streamlined with TCard+? Email Frank Peruzzi.


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