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Purple Points

What is a Purple Point Account?
A Purple Point Account is a pre-paid debit account, like a gift card. You use your UW-W ID card, the HawkCard, to access this account. The money you put into the account is available to you for purchases at participating locations both on-campus and off-campus. Your Purple Points are deposited on a dollar for dollar basis...every dollar that you deposit into your account is spendable! UW-W students, faculty and staff can open a Purple Point Account. 

How Does a Purple Point Account Work?

  • The minimum deposit to open a Purple Point account is $25. An initial deposit amount of $300 - $350 is recommended.
  • Make additional deposits to your account anytime during the academic year ($25 minimum in $5 increments).
  • After purchasing items, your balance is displayed at the cash register or on the receipt you receive.
  • Unused balances at the end of each semester are available for use the following semester.
  • Student Purple Point account balances greater than $5.00 are refundable upon withdrawal or graduation from the University. A "Request for Refund" form must be completed and submitted to the HawkCard Office. Download the Purple Point Refund Form »
  • Deposits to a Purple Point account are non-transferable.
  • The Purple Point account does not meet UW-Whitewater University Dining Program participation requirements.

Why should I have a Purple Point Account? I already have a debit card.
There are many reasons to have a Purple Point Account, they include:

  • Cost savings: Students can save the 5.5% sales tax on ALL FOOD purchases made at on-campus dining locations (Drumlin Hall, Esker Hall, University Center, Library, CA, Laurentide, Hyland Hall, Williams Center). Only Purple Points can offer this advantage to students.
  • Fast & convenient: Quicker then paying with cash or credit/debit cards at on-campus locations. Your payment is complete in 2 seconds or less.
  • Easy: One card, one account, does it all. No need to carry cash, checks, and other credit/debit cards.
  • No annual fee: There are no annual fees, no membership fees, no service charges, no minimum balances. It's a service UW-W provides to you.
  • Accepted at the University Bookstore in Moraine Hall.
  • Off Campus: Accepted at more than a dozen Whitewater businesses. See the current list on our web site.
  • Easy deposits: Charge deposits to your student bill, make web credit card deposits (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover), mail-in, or stop in the HawkCard Office. For Faculty and Staff, you can make regular deposits using payroll deduction.
  • Current: Up-to-date online balances and transaction history available with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Automatic: Balances roll over each term/year. Your Purple Points never expire, so you don't have to worry about losing them on some arbitrary date. You can get a full refund of any remaining balance greater than $5.00 when you graduate or withdraw from the university.
  • Debt Free: Not a credit card - no ugly debts. When you buy...you own, not owe.
  • Flexibility: Use your Purple Points for everything from a 10-cent photocopy to $100+ worth of books and just about everything in between. You can grab a Pepsi at a vending machine, eat lunch, and buy something new to wear - all with Purple Points.
  • Security: The Purple Points program is run by UW-W, so you know whom you're dealing with. Purple Points can only be used on or near campus, and when you report your card missing your funds are frozen. You can't do that with cash!
  • Free mobile app from Apple or Google/Android. Always know your account balances. 

How long are my Purple Points good for?
Your Purple Points are good for as long as you are enrolled as a student or employed by UW-W. Account balances DO "roll over" from semester to semester, including summer school.

What happens to my Purple Point Account balance?
If you have Purple Points left at the end of a semester, they will be transferred to the next semester, as long as you are considered an active student or employee of UW-W. Student Purple Point Account balances will remain open and active for one year after graduating or leaving UW-W. You may, however, ask for a refund of account balances greater than $5.00 after graduating or otherwise leaving UW-W. After one year, any remaining account balance will become the property of the university. Purple Points are non-refundable, non-transferable under all other circumstances.

Did you know that food purchases made with Purple Points are exempt from sales tax?
You do now...by using Student Purple Points for food purchases in any Residence Dining Facility or University Center Dining Facility, you actually save 5.5% on your purchase because you are not paying sales tax.

How do I open a Purple Point Account?
If you are a student, there are three easy ways to open a Purple Point Account:

  • You can open one online at our secure web site.
  • You can stop by the HawkCard Office in UC 250.
  • You can open one during your "Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration)" day in the summer.

Why can't my parents/guardians view my account balance and activity online?
According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) we are unable to share this information. The law is designed to protect the privacy of the student. The student may, however, give permission for a parent, guardian, or any other party to have access to their Meal Plan, Purple Point or Dining Dollar information, by completing a FERPA form and returning it to the HawkCard Office (please contact the HawkCard office for form.)

Online HawkCard Office?
Online credit card deposits can be made with most major credit or debit card to Purple Point accounts via the Internet. Use the link on the left "Online Card Office" and follow the prompts.  This is the easiest way for parents to add funds to a student's account.

UW-W Offices and Services Accepting Purple Points

Building/Hall/BusinessDining DollarsWeekly Meal PlanMy MealsPurple Points
Andersen Library: Circulation Desk
Andersen Library: Food for Thought Café
Andersen Library: Media Lab (Room 1008)
Andersen Library: Vending Machines
Bookstore: Clothing, supplies, etc.      
Bookstore: Textbook Rental      
Drumlin Hall: Dining Hall
Drumlin Hall: Erbert & Gerbert's
Esker Hall: Dining Hall
Esker Hall: Prairie Street Market & Café
Greenhill Center of the Arts: Box Office      
Greenhill Center of the Arts: Cafe
Greenhill Center of the Arts: Vending Machines      
Greenhill Center of the Arts: CA Lab 16      
HawkCard Office: Cost of Replacement ID Card      
Hyland Hall: Deloitte Cafe  
Hyland Hall: Vending Machines      
Laurentide Hall: The Kettle Cafe  
Laurentide Hall: Vending Machines      
Perkins Stadium: Concession Stand During Warhawk Athletic Events    
Registrar's Office: Payments for transcripts, diploma replacement, etc.
Residence Halls: Vending Machines      
Residence Halls: Goodhue Front Desk      
University Center: Information Services      
University Center: Vending Machines      
University Center: Warhawk Alley      
University Center: Restaurants (Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ike Schaffer Commons, Olive, and Willie's)
University Health & Counseling Services: Health care expenses, medications      
University Health & Counseling Services: Vending Machines      
University Police, Goodhue Hall
Visitor & Parking Services: Parking Citations, Parking Permits      
Visitor & Parking Services: Vending Machines      
Wells Hall: Jitters Coffeehouse      
Wells Hall: University Fitness (Membership Fee)      
Williams Center: Sideline Cafe and concessions during Warhawk athletic events      
Williams Center: Recreation Sports & Intramurals      
Williams Center: Vending Machines      

Whitewater Off-Campus Businesses Accepting Purple Points

 Check out this satellite map of all off-campus locations that accept Purple Points!

BusinessFacebook PageAddressPhoneAccepts Purple Points?
Cozumel Mexican Restaurant Facebook page  1139 W Main Street 262-472-0131
Culver's Facebook page 1414 W. Main Street 262-472-9999
Domino's  Facebook page 1139 W. Main Street 262-473-0707
Jersey Mike's Subs Facebook page 1116 W Main Street 262-472-9000
Jimmy John's Facebook page 1139 W. Main Street 262-473-6100
Karina's Mexican Restaurant Facebook page 1170 W. Main Street 262-472-9492
McDonald's Facebook page 1069 W. Main Street 262-473-7811
Casual Joe's Facebook page 319 W. James Street 262-458-4751
Pizza Hut Facebook page 1107 W. Main Street 262-473-7887
Rocky Rococo's Facebook page 1210 W. Main Street 262-473-2105
Rosa's Pizza Facebook page 180 W. Main Street 262-472-9857
Subway Facebook page 1170 B W. Main Street 262-473-7827
Toppers Pizza Facebook page 325 W. Center Street 262-473-4343
Cost Cutters Family Hair Care Facebook page 1139 W. Main Street 262-472-9455

Adding Purple Points & Dining Dollars

Students have four ways to make additional deposits to their Purple Point account.

  • Cash, check or credit/debit card at the HawkCard Office. The minimum amount you may deposit is $25.
  • Added to your student bill (before each semester or during the first 6 weeks of fall semester or first 5 weeks of spring semester) at the HawkCard Office or by email from our web site.
  • Cash or check at any University Dining cashier location, the minimum amount is $25.
  • Credit card via our secure web site, the minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee).

have 2 ways to make additional deposits to their Dining Dollar account. You must be signed up for a Fixed Meal Plan, My Meals Plan, Full Dining Dollars Plan, or Mega Dining Dollars plan first.

  • Added to your student bill at the HawkCard Office (before each semester or during the first 6 weeks of fall semester or first 5 weeks of spring semester). Go here to make a deposit.
  • Cash, check or credit/debit card at the HawkCard Office. The minimum amount you may deposit is $25. Go here to make a deposit

Faculty & staff
have 4 ways to make additional deposits to their Purple Point account.

  • Cash, check or credit card at the HawkCard Office.
  • Regular deposits from bi-weekly or monthly payroll deductions. Payroll deduction forms are available at the HawkCard Office.
  • Credit card via our secure web site, the minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee).
  • Cash or check at any University Dining cashier location, the minimum amount is $25.

Additional deposits can be added to your student, faculty or staff Purple Point account as often as you like. Deposits made to your Purple Point account must be in $5 increments.