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Why Parents Like Red Card


529 Plan Compatibilty

  • College spending accounts can be used to fund the Red Card Meal Plan.
  • Have your financial institution send us a check directly (make sure the student’s name is displayed on the check) or email us to request a receipt for reimbursement.

Peace of Mind

  • Assurance that “food money” is being spent as intended—only on food.
  • Prevents spending food allowance on the wasteful items so easily purchased with cash, and debit or credit cards
  • Purchase of alcohol and tobacco products is strictly prohibited.

Ease of Use

  • Conveniently manage and monitor meal plan account and transactions online.
  • Automatically add funds to your student’s account every 1, 2, or 4 weeks with our “Recurring Allowance” feature.

Helpful Alerts

  • Notifies you automatically via email when your student’s balance drops below $30

Carryover Balances

  • Carry over account balances from semester to semester and year to year—no money is wasted.

Financial Responsibility

  • Helps your student budget his or her food money and avoid costly ATM fees, finance charges, and credit card debt

Parent Testimonials

My son uses his Red Card mostly at the grocery store and called last week, all excited because he got a free ticket to a concert he really wanted to see from Red Card. The convenience, savings and perks are great!
Carol G.
The Red Card has provided our family with an easy, convenient way to support our student’s food purchasing near campus, as well as provide a low-risk way for her to learn to budget her financial resources the first time living on ‘her own’. We like that it also offers so many different retail and restaurant options to choose from close at hand.
Debra B.
Even though my son still lives in the dorm, with the Red Card plan he has been able to do his own cooking this semester. He loves shopping at Fresh Madison Market. I get to use my 529 money to pay for the card and he gets to cook what he wants.
Sally H.
My daughter loves her Red Card. It gives both her and I peace of mind that I can load her card with readily available cash and she can go to the grocery store and make purchases without worrying about the balance in her bank account. Love this program.
Sharon J.
A fabulous program. It’s easy to add money to the account, you can monitor when and where your student eats, and the notification of a low balance is great too!
Steve E.
My phone messages, Facebook posts, emails and text messages all have a hard time breaking through the academic and social scene of our 2nd year Badger. But a deposit to the Red Card from the homefront garners an immediate contact from our student with appreciation and an update (however short) about life in Mad City. The Red Card has been a great way to offer a break from the campus meal plan and to stay in touch!
Tracy W.