There are actually four different accounts you can use to make purchases with your WKU ID Card. They are Big Red Dollars, Dining Dollars, Meal Plan Dollars, and Meal Plans. These accounts can be purchased using Topnet.
A brief description for each is listed below.
Big Red Dollars
Big Red Dollars is a very convenient way of making purchases for many different products and services on campus and also at participating merchants off campus. Big Red Dollars can be used at various vending machines (no more digging for change) such as soft drink machines, snack machines, and laundry equipment. It is also accepted at the following: WKU Bookstore, Preston Recreation Center, Student Health Services, all WKU Dining Services facilities, WKU Parking & Transportation Office, Computer Labs, and the WKU Post Office--plus we have many off-campus businesses that will accept Big Red Dollars--see Off-Campus Big Red Dollars link for a listing of current participating businesses.
A minimum deposit of $20 is required for debit/credit deposits, and a minimum of $10 for cash and check deposits is required. Big Red Dollars will roll over every semester.
Dining Dollars is the "food" account here at WKU. It can be used at all of the WKU Dining Services facilities on campus. You have the added security of not having to carry cash for your food purchases, plus it’s quicker than having to gather up the correct change for your payment, so you’ll move through the cashier’s line quicker. Another plus--no sales tax is applied to your purchase if you pay with Dining Dollars, and there are added incentives such as Dining Dollar discounts in selected food locations!
A minimum deposit of $20 is required for debit/credit deposits, and a minimum of $10 for cash and check deposits is required. Dining Dollars will roll over every semester.
Meal plans are also available to use through your WKU ID Card. Freshmen residents are required to have at least a 10 meal per week plan. These plans are the biggest money value for people who plan to eat most of their meals on campus. The residential plans provide a weekly meal balance that resets every Monday morning, plus they come with a Meal Plan Dollar balance for additional purchases beyond a meal swipe.
Meal Plan Dollars
These dollars come with a meal plan and work very similarly to Dining Dollars--you can spend them in any on-campus dining facility just like cash.
Meal plans are purchased for each semester, and Meal Plan Dollars will roll over from the fall to the spring semester.
See the WKU Restaurant and Catering page for specific information regarding meal plans.