Campus Cash is no more! The Faculty Student Association has recently implemented Wolfie Wallet, a program three years in the works, according to Angela Agnello, FSA’s Director of Marketing & Communications.
“Wolfie Wallet is a campus administered, prepaid, taxable declining balance debit plan that can be used at more locations than Campus Cash,” said Agnello.
Locations that previously accepted Campus Cash now accept Wolfie Wallet, as well as three new vendors — CVS Pharmacy, Top Halal Chinese and Star Wash Lube.
“As the list of off-campus vendors continues to grow, we anticipate student usage to increase,” said Agnello.
She added that funds can be used for dining on campus, in locations such as Jasmine in the Wang Center. It can also still be used in vending machines.
Although student input was considered in terms of vendors through FSA surveys, there are students who feel that the revamp of the system was unnecessary.
“There’s no reason to change it from Campus Cash to Wolfie Wallet,” said senior Carson Hadley. “There was nothing wrong with Campus Cash.”
Agnello boasts that the new system is more diverse and user friendly than Campus Cash.
“Wolfie Wallet is accepted at more locations, refundable and usable from semester to semester as long as a student is enrolled at Stony Brook University,” she said. “Wolfie Wallet is not exempt from sales tax, is not billable to a student’s account and cannot be paid directly through financial aid.”
Some students are concerned about the reasoning behind implementing the new system.
“I think Wolfie Wallet is a way for the campus to extort more money from students, and it’s very confusing,” said Steven Umassor, who will be a senior in the fall. “I don’t like it.”
According to Agnello, any funds that students had in Campus Cash have already been transferred over to Wolfie Wallet.