James R. Connor University Center

Purple Points

A Purple Point account is a pre-paid debit account, like a gift card. You use your HawkCard, to access this account. The money you put into the account is available to you for purchases at participating locations both on and off-campus. Your Purple Points are deposited on a dollar for dollar basis. UW-W students, faculty and staff can open a Purple Point Account. 

  • The minimum deposit to open a Purple Point account is $25. An initial deposit amount of $300 - $350 is recommended.
  • Make additional deposits to your account anytime during the academic year ($25 minimum in $5 increments).
  • After purchasing items, your balance is displayed at the cash register or on the receipt you receive.
  • Unused balances at the end of each semester are available for use the following semester.
  • Deposits to a Purple Point account are non-transferable.
  • The Purple Point account does not meet UW-Whitewater University Dining Program participation requirements.

  • Cost savings: Students can save the 5.5% sales tax on ALL FOOD purchases made at on-campus dining locations (Drumlin Hall, Esker Hall, University Center, Library, CA, Laurentide, Hyland Hall, Williams Center). Only Purple Points can offer this advantage to students.
  • Fast & convenient: Quicker than paying with cash or credit/debit cards at on-campus locations. Your payment is complete in 2 seconds or less.
  • Easy: One card, one account, does it all. No need to carry cash, checks, and other credit/debit cards.
  • No annual fee: There are no annual fees, no membership fees, no service charges, no minimum balances. It's a service UW-W provides to you.
  • Accepted at the University Bookstore in Moraine Hall.
  • Off Campus: Accepted at more than a dozen Whitewater businesses. See the current list on our web site.
  • Easy deposits: Charge deposits to your student bill, make web credit card deposits (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover), mail-in, or stop in the HawkCard Office. For Faculty and Staff, you can make regular deposits using payroll deduction.
  • Current: Up-to-date online balances and transaction history available with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Automatic: Balances roll over each term/year. Your Purple Points never expire, so you don't have to worry about losing them on some arbitrary date. You can get a full refund of any remaining balance greater than $5.00 when you graduate or withdraw from the university.
  • Debt Free: Not a credit card - no ugly debts. When you buy...you own, not owe.
  • Flexibility: Use your Purple Points for everything from a 10-cent photocopy to $100+ worth of books and just about everything in between. You can grab a Pepsi at a vending machine, eat lunch, and buy something new to wear - all with Purple Points.
  • Security: The Purple Points program is run by UW-W, so you know whom you're dealing with. Purple Points can only be used on or near campus, and when you report your card missing your funds are frozen. You can't do that with cash!
  • Free mobile app from Apple or Google/Android. Always know your account balances. 

If you are a student, there are three easy ways to open a Purple Point Account:

  • You can open one online at our secure web site. To Student BillOR Credit/Debit Card
  • You can stop by the HawkCard Office in the University Center room 250.
  • You can open one during your "Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration)" day in the summer.

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) we are unable to share this information. The law is designed to protect the privacy of the student. The student may, however, give permission for a parent, guardian, or any other party to have access to their Meal Plan, Purple Points or Dining Dollar information, by completing a FERPA form and returning it to the HawkCard Office.

Andersen Library: Circulation Desk

Andersen Library: Food for Thought Café

Andersen Library: Media Lab (Room 1008)

Andersen Library: Vending Machines

Bookstore: Clothing, supplies, etc.




Bookstore: Textbook Rental




Drumlin Hall: Dining Hall

Drumlin Hall: Erbert & Gerbert's

Esker Hall: Dining Hall

Esker Hall: Prairie Street Market & Café

Greenhill Center of the Arts: Box Office




Greenhill Center of the Arts: Cafe

Greenhill Center of the Arts: Vending Machines




Greenhill Center of the Arts: CA Lab 16




HawkCard Office: Cost of Replacement ID Card




Hyland Hall: Deloitte Cafe


Hyland Hall: Vending Machines




Laurentide Hall: The Kettle Cafe


Laurentide Hall: Vending Machines




Perkins Stadium: Concession Stand During Warhawk Athletic Events



Registrar's Office: Payments for transcripts, diploma replacement, etc.

Residence Halls: Vending Machines




Residence Halls: Goodhue Front Desk




University Center: Information Services




University Center: Vending Machines




University Center: Warhawk Alley




University Center: Restaurants (Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ike Schaffer Commons, h'EAT & Fire, and Willie's)

University Health & Counseling Services: Health care expenses, medications




University Health & Counseling Services: Vending Machines




University Police, Goodhue Hall

Visitor & Parking Services: Parking Citations, Parking Permits




Visitor & Parking Services: Vending Machines




Wells Hall: Jitters Coffeehouse




Wells Hall: University Fitness (Membership Fee)




Williams Center: Sideline Cafe and concessions during Warhawk athletic events




Williams Center: Recreation Sports & Intramurals




Williams Center: Vending Machines

Online HawkCard Office

The Online HawkCard Office is a free service provided to you that allows you to check your meal plan, Dining Dollar, and Purple Point balances right from your phone. Online credit card deposits can be made with most major credit or debit cards to a Purple Point account.

Follow these instructions to register with the Online HawkCard Office.

  • Download our free app to have the HawkCard Office with you, wherever you go! iOS | Google Play

Additional deposits can be added to your student Purple Point account as often as you like.

  • At the HawkCard Office the following forms of payment are accepted: cash, check, or credit/debit cards, Apple/Google Pay and charges to the student bill. 
  • Credit/debit card (minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee)) at the Online HawkCard Office.
  • Added to your Student Bill (before each semester or during the first 6 weeks of fall semester or first 5 weeks of spring semester) at the HawkCard Office or by email from our website.
  • Cash or check at any University Dining cashier location, the minimum amount is $25.

  • Parents/guests can make deposits to their students' Purple Point account too!
  • Parents/guests can make a deposit via cash, check, or credit/debit card at the HawkCard Office: UC 250
  • Checks can be mailed into the HawkCard Office (800 W. Main St. UC 250 Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190).
  • Credit/Debit Card (minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee)) using the guest deposit feature on the Online HawkCard Office.

Additional deposits can be added to your staff/faculty Purple Point account as often as you like.

  • Cash, check or credit card at the HawkCard Office.
  • Regular deposits from bi-weekly or monthly payroll deductions. Payroll deduction forms are available at the HawkCard Office.
  • Cash or check at any University Dining cashier location, the minimum amount is $25
  • Credit/Debit Card (minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee))