Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
IU Bloomington to offer students expanded on- and off-campus dining plan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The new All Access Plan card will make life easier for Indiana University Bloomington students in the 2011-2012 school year.
The prepaid card will be accepted for payment at dining facilities, food kiosks and vending machines throughout campus and at many local restaurants, convenience stores, pharmacies, bookstores and other service providers in the area.
The All Access Plan is a combined effort involving Residential Programs and Services (RPS), the Indiana Memorial Union, the Bloomington campus Bursar and Campus Card Services. The new plan was introduced in a pilot project to students residing on campus during the 2010 fall semester.
"The response from participating students and their parents has been very positive," said Pat Connor, executive director of Residential Programs and Services, who said students have been enthusiastic about the plan's flexibility.
"Given the positive reviews, we intend to extend the plan to all new incoming RPS residents, in addition to returning residents, as they make their housing and meal plan arrangements for the 2011-2012 academic year. It's exciting that any student enrolled at the Bloomington Campus can easily participate in the All Access Plan, regardless of where they reside -- on or off campus." Connor said all currently enrolled IU Bloomington students will be able to subscribe to the All Access Plan through the online services link on the main RPS website at http://go.iu.edu/uR.
Bruce Jacobs, executive director of the Indiana Memorial Union, said administrators are as excited as students about the new plan. "The ability of participants to use All Access deposits to supplement their traditional meal plan funds gives them the convenience of using IMU facilities right from the start of each semester," Jacobs said.
In addition to extending students' dining options, deposits in CampusAccess accounts allow students to have discretionary funds available in advance for the purchase of books, school supplies and other necessities.
"Parents of students have mentioned how billing the deposits through the Bursar has helped them with their budgeting," said Jeff Vonderschmidt, systems and development manager for Campus Card Services. "Being able to make deposits at the beginning of each semester is convenient for many families and eliminates the worry about whether or not their student has money for necessities," Vonderschmidt said.
For more information about the All Access Plan and CampusAccess visit www.cacard.indiana.edu.