You MUST submit a photo before arriving to campus!
NEW this year, there is no need for a plastic card on campus! You are required to load your CATcard to your Apple Wallet or GPAY Wallet. It provides access to CAT$cratch UVM's prepaid debit account, meal plans, library, printing, fitness center and serves as a free bus pass for the GMT bus system. It will be programmed with access to your residence hall and any other door access that may be required.
How will I know if my photo was accepted?
In the WEBcard Center you should set your NOTIFICATION PREFERENCE to be either Email or Text. The system will use the method you've choosen to notify you if your photo was accepted or rejected. Please note, it may take the CATcard staff 24 hours to approve/deny a photo.
I'm not sure I received notification that my photo was accepted, how do I check now?
Log back into your WEBcard Center account and select SUBMIT PHOTO. It will say CURRENT PHOTO (that means accepted) or PENDING.
When and where do I get my CATcard?
NEW this year.....once your photo is accepted there is no need for a plastic card. Once you have completed the steps to load your CATcard to your smartphone you're all set! No pick up needed. If for some reason you are unable to utilize the digital CATcard please reach out to our office during business hours.
What does it cost? What if I lose it?
There is no fee for your digital CATcard.
What if I dislike my picture?
You will be able to submit a new photo through the WEBCARD center and because your CATcard is now digital, once it is approved it will show up on your smartphone automatically!
What is CAT$cratch and why would I need it?
CAT$cratch is UVM's prepaid debit account which works right off your CATcard. Opening a CAT$cratch account is a safe, convenient way to have access to goods and services without always having your wallet with you. Typically you will have your smartphone with you as it is needed for your residence hall and to access your meal plan. CAT$cratch has no fees attached so you will never overdraw this account. If you lose a debit or credit card it may take a couple weeks to replace, where as the CATcard can be replaced the same day.
How do I open an account and make deposits?
Opening an account is easy, just print off the application form and either mail it or bring it in to our office. After the account is open you can make deposits in our office, using cash, check, and credit or debit card. If writing a check, make payable to UVM. Deposits can be made through our secure website, just click web deposit or in the GET Mobile app. Credit card deposits are treated as a payment and not a cash advance by your credit card company. The credit card holder must be present when making a deposit in our office. Remember, CAT$cratch rolls over semester to semester and year to year. If you have a balance left when you graduate or leave the University we take a $10.00 closing fee and send you a check for the rest.
How do I check my balance?
Using the WEBcard Center or GET Mobile app you can check your balance and transaction history. Giving your parents your WEBcard password (different from your email password) and your email address will allow them to also check your balance and transaction history.
Where can CAT$cratch be used?
CAT$cratch can be used for a variety of goods and services including buying books at UVM Bookstore and groceries downtown at City Market. For a complete list of hundreds of locations, check out our on and off campus web pages.
Do I need a debit or credit card?
CAT$cratch cannot be used for cash withdrawals so it is a good idea to have a way to access cash.
What is the difference between CAT$cratch and meal points?
Meal points will work at University Dining locations which include the Marketplace as well as the CATpause Convenience Store and Henderson's Cafe. CAT$cratch works there and also works in the University Bookstore and at over 100 off-campus locations in the Burlington area. CAT$cratch rolls over year to year and semester to semester! Please contact the meal plan office for further meal point/dining details.
Still have questions?
For any questions we have not covered, please feel free to call us at 802-656-4509 or email CATcard. See you on campus!