Opening Your Account
Huskie Bucks is a pre-paid debit account that is opened with the university and accessed with your OneCard ID. It may be opened in one of the following ways:
- Students, faculty and staff: Open a Huskie Bucks account at any time by completing an account agreement form and making a first time deposit with cash or check (made payable to NIU) at the OneCard ID Services Office.
- Residence hall students: Students staying in the residence halls have the option of opening a Huskie Bucks account on your dining contract, when you are selecting a meal plan for the year. If the corresponding box is checked, Housing and Dining will open a Huskie Bucks account for you and deposit $200.00 into it. This amount will then be billed to you as part of the Housing and Dining charges. Please note: When completing a contract for a full year, $200.00 will be added once at the beginning of the fall semester and then once again at the beginning of the spring semester. For more information contact Housing and Dining.
There is no minimum balance required to maintain a Huskie Bucks account. However, as this is a debit account and not a credit account, the balance must not drop below $0.00.
There are no annual fees, over-limit charges or late payment fees with the Huskie Bucks Program. However, checks that are written to the university and are returned as non-sufficient funds are subject to a fee.
Huskie Bucks accounts with a balance of $5.00 or more which show no activity for a period of one year will be charged an inactivity fee of $5.00 per month. This does not mean you will be billed each month, but rather this inactivity fee is subtracted from the remaining balance of your Huskie Bucks account until it reaches $0.00 at which time the account is closed. For more information, see the last page of the Huskie Bucks Account Agreement.