James R. Connor University Center

Purple Points

UW-W students and faculty can open a free, prepaid, dollar for dollar, Purple Point account accessed through your HawkCard that can be used for any on-campus purchases (including parking tickets and vending machines) as well as participating off-campus locations.



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.
  • 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 (190 Hamilton Green Way, UC 250 Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190). Make checks payable to: UW-Whitewater and on the memo line put "Purple Points, *student's 7-digit ID number*
  • Credit/Debit Card (minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee)) using the guest deposit feature on the Online HawkCard Office. *Students must create an Online HawkCard Office account before parents/guests can make a guest deposit.

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.
  • Credit/Debit Card (minimum amount is $25 (plus a $1.50 transaction fee))
  • The minimum deposit to open a Purple Point account is $25. We recommend an initial deposit amount of $300 - $350 for the year.
  • After purchasing items, your balance is displayed at the cash register or on your receipt.
    • The Purple Point account is NOT part of the UW-Whitewater Dining Program.
    • 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: Student Bill OR 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.

    When you graduate or withdraw from the University and your account balance is $5 or more, you can request a refund by closing out your Purple Point account by completing this form.

    • Dining Dollars can be used anywhere on campus for food purchases at Dining Locations
    • Purple Points are accepted anywhere on campus that accepts cash (including vending machines) and at select off-campus locations

    Check out our Blog for more information

    1. Pizza Hut
    2. McDonald’s
    3. Domino's
    4. Rocky Rococo
    5. Subway
    6. Topper’s Pizza
    7. Revamp Nutrition

    *Walmart does not accept Purple Points

    Check out all of these locations in Google Maps

    Whitewater merchants, interested in accepting Purple Points to help your business? Use this link to request more information.

    Andersen Library: Circulation Desk

    Andersen Library: Food for Thought Café

    Andersen Library: Media Lab (Room 1008)

    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: CA Lab 16




    HawkCard Office: Cost of Replacement ID Card




    Hyland Hall: Deloitte Cafe


    Laurentide Hall: The Kettle Cafe


    Perkins Stadium: Concession Stand During Warhawk Athletic Events



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

    Residence Halls: Goodhue Front Desk




    University Center: Information Services




    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 Police, Goodhue Hall

    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




    Vending Machines Across Campus

    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