Have you bought some Illini Cash through the Illinois app yet? You should! It’s easier than ever to buy Illini Cash with just a credit card and a UIN. Illini Cash is a super convenient way to use your i-card for food, books, computer equipment, printing, and even the McKinley Vending Machine. You can even buy Illini Cash for a friend if you know their UIN. (Hint: You can ask your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, distant cousin, or mysterious benefactor for Illini Cash that way too.)
With a little Illini Cash in your Wallet, you don’t always need to carry cash or your credit card when you head to class. Sounds safe. Sounds easy.
Q: Can I pay for stuff with Illini Cash through the Illinois app?
A: Sadly, no. You still need to swipe your i-card to charge anything to your Illini Cash balance. It doesn’t work like Apple Pay, where you can tap your phone on the credit card scanner. Maybe it will someday!
There is no fee to open or use Illini Cash, no minimum purchase requirement, and it doesn’t expire. The catch is that you can’t return it once you buy it. So, make sure you only buy what you know you’ll spend! Make sure you have a peek at the Terms and Conditions.
Here’s another reminder: if you have a preferred name set up through Self-Service, make sure to enter your preferred name when you’re adding Illini Cash.
Check out some of the spots around campus where you can spend your Illini Cash and get started!
- All dining halls
- 57 North at SDRP
- The Caffeinator at SDRP
- Terrabyte at Illinois Street Residence Halls
- InfiniTEA at Illinois Street Residence Halls
- Urbana South Market at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall
- Good 2 Go Food Truck
- Illini Union Bookstore
- Illini Union Hotel
- Quad Shop
- Rec Room
- Starbucks (Courtyard Café)
- Starbucks (Illini Union Bookstore)
- Starbucks (Goodwin Ave – Urbana)
- Tech Zone
- Einstein’s Bagels
Other Campus Locations
- Daily Byte Cafe at Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
- McKinley Business Office
- McKinley Pharmacy
- Undergraduate Library
- All Coca-Cola beverage vending machines across campus
- All Canteen snack vending machines across campus
- Jitters at the College of Law
- Oregon Street Starbucks in Urbana
- Espresso Royal Grainger Library
- Espresso Royal Business Instructional Facility (BIF)
- Einstein’s Bagels at the Armory
- Einstein’s Bagels at Siebel
- Einstein’s Bagels at Veterinary Medicine