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Gopher GOLD FAQ

If you have a U Card and are enrolled in the University as a student (undergraduate, graduate, continuing education or affiliated), staff (including affiliated staff) or faculty, then you have a Gopher Gold account. All that you need to do in order to start using Gopher Gold is make a deposit to your account to activate it.

It depends on what you/your student will be using Gopher GOLD for. We recommend a starting balance of $100, which should get most students through an entire year for printing. Individuals may store up to $1000 on a Gopher GOLD account. 

Having Gopher GOLD value gives students access to print things from computer labs and libraries (it is the ONLY way to pay for printing). Gopher GOLD is the only way to make purchases all over campus using a U Card. We also offer various discounts for Gopher Gold throughout the year, so students can save $ by taking advantage of these. FlexDine is tax free, but can only be used at UDS owned dining locations and C-Stores. Both of the accounts are available on the U Card automatically. You do not need to open either of these accounts. If you would like to use these accounts, you just need to fund them. More information on these accounts can be found here.

YES! The Gopher GOLD value will stay on your U Card as long as you actively use your account. However, if your Gopher Gold account remains inactive for a year (no deposits or purchases) then you will start to incur an inactivity fee of $3 each month until your account is empty. (Note: You WILL NOT continue to be charged if your balance reaches zero). 

No, you may not. The only time you can get the money back from your Gopher GOLD account is if you are leaving the university. More information can be found at the bottom of the 'About Gopher GOLD' page. 

You may only close your Gopher Gold account when you are leaving the University. At this point, you may choose to close your Gopher GOLD account. However, there is a $10 closing fee. Because of this fee, we normally advise individuals to spend their remaining Gopher GOLD balance on campus purchases in order to utilize the most value from their remaining balance. To download a Gopher GOLD Account Closure form, please see the Policies and Forms page.

We recommend you spend your Gopher GOLD balance prior to graduating or leaving the University.

You also have the option to close your Gopher GOLD account ($10 fee) if you have a larger balance and would like that balance to be returned to you.

It could take up to 1 full semester to receive your check.

If you do not close your account or spend your Gopher GOLD, after 1 year of inactivity on the account you will begin to receive inactivity fees.

To learn more about the inactivity fees please visit the 'About Gopher GOLD' page.