Chicago card uses

Dragon Dollars debit account

Carry your i‑card and carry less cash! Anyone with a valid i‑card may use Dragon Dollars, UIC's campus debit account. You can use Dragon Dollar$ to pay for any of the following:

  • Food and beverages. Dragon Dollars are accepted at campus eateries, including dining halls, convenience stores, and fast food locations.
  • Laundry. Campus Housing residents may use laundry facilities for free with their i‑card. Guests can pay with Dragon Dollars.
  • Photocopying. Patrons must use Dragon Dollars to pay for copies at UIC libraries and Student Centers.
  • Printing. i‑card holders use Dragon Dollars to pay for prints at U-Print stations.

You can purchase Dragon Dollars online anytime.

PNC Bank account

Chicago students, you may bank with your i‑card if you open a Virtual Wallet Student account and link your i‑card to it.

Meal plans

Use your i‑card to access your meal plan, which is provided by UIC Dining Services. Meal plans are available to all UIC students, faculty, and staff.


Students assessed the General fee and employees with a membership may use Campus Recreation facilities by presenting their i‑card.

Identification and access

Swiping or scanning your i‑card helps identify you for campus services, such as:

  • Library use. Students, employees, and many others have borrowing privileges.
  • Health care. Students use i‑cards to check in at Family Medicine centers. An i‑card is not proof of medical insurance.
  • Parking. Use your ID card to enter and exit lots where you have a paid parking assignment.
  • Door access. Persons receive access as needed. A building's access control manager arranges this service.


Current students can present their i‑card for free entry to UIC Athletics events. Students may also receive discounted tickets to many UIC Pavilion events.

Mass transit

Many enrolled students qualify for a separate U-PASS for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses. Your valid i‑card is required to pick up your U-PASS.