Carolina Card

The Carolina Cash account is for purchases across campus.

The CarolinaCard is your ID as well as a pre-paid declining balance card which accesses the deposits you make into your Carolina Cash account. Each time you make a purchase, the amount of the purchase is deducted from the account balance. The Carolina Cash account is for purchases across campus and the monies roll over each semester.

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You can use your Carolina Cash for purchases at the following locations on the Upstate campus:

You may also use your Carolina Cash at the following locations on the USC Columbia campus:

  • Carolina Dining Locations
  • Russell House University Bookstore
  • Thomas Cooper Library, BA Library, Math Library, Law Library & Music Library
  • Student Health Center (for prescriptions & other fees)
  • Post Office
  • Coke Machines
  • Snack Machines
  • Laundry Services in Housing
  • Colonial Center
  • Williams Brice Stadium
  • USC Parking Services
  • Russell House Information Desk & Game Room
  • Carolina Styles Salon
  • Quick Copy (for copies & printing)
  • Computer Labs
  • Carolina Alumni Association

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can Money Be Deposited?

To deposit money into your Carolina Cash account at USC Upstate:

Via the University’s VIP system (Go to the CarolinaCard options under the Financial Tab)

To deposit money into your Carolina Cash account at USC Columbia:

  • At the CarolinaCard office located in the Russell House Underground
  • At any of the Automatic Deposit Machines (ADM) located in the Thomas Cooper Library, the BA Library & at the front entrance of the University Bookstore.

Deposits to the CarolinaCard are available immediately with the exception of online VIP deposits which are made available every half hour between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

What about Refunds or Withdrawals?

CarolinaCard balances roll forward from one year to the next until you graduate or withdraw from the University. (Upstate Dining meal plans, “Bonus Bucks” DO NOT roll forward.) For more information on dining, please visit USC Upstate Dining Services.

Requests for refunds from your CarolinaCard are only granted for graduation, withdrawal from the University or at the end of a semester. Requests for refunds can be made by completing the request for refund form on the  Carolina Card website

All refunds from the CarolinaCard office must be made within 90 days of graduation, end of semester, or withdrawal. For students actively enrolled, refunds will be handled 30 days prior to the end of the semester and a $20 processing fee will be charged with the exception of graduation. The refund check will be mailed to the student’s permanent address. No refunds are issued for account balances of $25 or less.

What about Lost or Stolen Cards?

Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately. You can report a lost or stolen card by going to the University VIP website under the CarolinaCard options tab. Once the CarolinaCard office is notified, there will be a block placed on your CarolinaCard to prevent usage. Replacement cards are $35. Stolen cards are replaced free when accompanied by a corresponding police report. Once a replacement card is made, the $35 ID charge cannot be refunded if the old card is found.