Make a Deposit

Make a Deposit

Cat Dollars is a free debit card program that is available to students, staff, and faculty of UC Merced.

How it Works

Simply deposit money into your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and with the swipe of your card, the exact amount of your on-campus purchase is deducted from your balance. It's safe, fast and convenient to use.

Adding Money to Your CatCard account

There are four different ways to add money to your Cat Dollars account:

  1. Visit the cashier's office and make a deposit via cash, money order or check.
  2. Use the ValuePort terminals (similar to an ATM) located on the second floor of the Kolligian Library near the helpdesk, in Valley Terraces near the laundry room, and in the front office of Sierra Terraces.
  3. Mail a payment to the cashier's office.
  4. Online at under the 'Make a Payment' page.

When you add money to your card, it is reflected in your account balance immediately.

Checking Your Balance

You can check your account four ways:

  1. Stop by CatCard office.
  2. Call the CatCard office at 209-228-2228.
  3. Use the ValuePort terminal.
  4. Go to


There is never a transaction fee, even if you make dozens of purchases a day. Your money is transferable from one academic year to the next, and if you close your account the balance of your money is refundable, excluding a $5 dollar administration fee.

Cat Dollars Locations

  • Campus Store — Purchase textbooks, school supplies, sundries and collegiate paraphernalia.
  • Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center and Lantern Cafe — Enjoy the convenience of eating on campus without a meal plan.
  • Residence Hall Laundry Facilities — As a student, you don't need to scrounge for quarters on laundry day, just swipe of your CatCard.
  • Library and Computer Labs - You can print, scan and make copies with just a swipe of your CatCard.