Chicago card uses

Dragon Dollars debit account

Carry your i‑card and carry less cash! Anyone with a valid i‑card may use Dragon Dollars, UIC's campus debit account. You can use Dragon Dollar$ to pay for any of the following:

You can add funds to your Dragon Dollars account at several convenient locations, including the main ID Center.

PNC Bank account

Chicago students, you may bank with your i‑card if you open a Virtual Wallet Student account and link your i‑card to it.

Meal plans

Use your i‑card to access your meal plan, which is provided by UIC Dining Services. Meal plans are available to all UIC students, faculty, and staff.


Students assessed the General fee and employees with a membership may use Campus Recreation facilities by presenting their i‑card.

Identification and access

Swiping or scanning your i‑card helps identify you for campus services, such as:


Current students can present their i‑card for free entry to UIC Athletics events. Students may also receive discounted tickets to many UIC Pavilion events.

Mass transit

Many enrolled students qualify for a separate U-PASS for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses. Your valid i‑card is required to pick up your U-PASS.