Mountaineer Card Office
The Mountaineer Card is your student ID card at Western Colorado University
Your Mountaineer Card serves as your official Western identification card. All current students, faculty and staff are required to have the card. Your Mountaineer Card gives you access to:
- Athletic Events
- Campus Activities and Events
- Mountaineer Field House
- Flex Dollars (money that comes with most meal plans and can be used at Mad Jack's and Rare Air Dining Hall only)
- Mountaineer Cash
- Leslie J. Savage Library
- Meal plans at Rare Air Dining Hall (you must have your card to enter the dining hall)
- Wilderness Pursuits
- Colorado Hall 24 hour Computer Lab
How do I obtain my first Mountaineer Card?
You will receive your first ID card for free from the Mountaineer Card Office housed in room 106 in the University Center. You must show an alternate ID before receiving your first card. This card is good for the entirety of your time at Western, you will not be re-issued a new card each year. If you are an employee of Western you will need to obtain an authorization form from the Human Resources department in order to receive your first card, otherwise a card will not be issued.
Mountaineer Cash is money that can be put on your card to use at the following locations around campus and in town:
- Wilderness Pursuits
- Western Bookstore
- Copy Machines in the Library and the University Center
- Rare Air Dining Hall
- Laundry Centers in Residence Halls
- Mad Jacks
- Pepsi and Juice Machines on Campus
- Food Vending Machines on Campus
Mountaineer Cash can be purchased by cash, check, or credit card. You can deposit Mountaineer Cash at the following locations around campus:
- University Center PHIL Station (cash, credit or debit)
- Located on the main level next to the Mountaineer Card Office (University Center 106)
- Library PHIL Station (cash, credit or debit)
- Located on the main level by the copy machines
- Taylor Hall PHIL Station (cash, credit or debit)
- Taylor Hall, 3rd floor next to the Cashier's office; (970) 943-3003
PHIL Stations allow you to deposit money directly onto your Mountaineer Card with cash/credit/debit cards. This is the fastest most effective way to deposit Mountaineer Cash as these funds are available on your card immediately. If you choose to pay by check you can deposit it at the Cashier's Office or call (970) 943-3003. Please note that depositing funds by methods other than the PHIL Stations may cause a delay in fund availability. If 24 hours have passed and the deposited funds are still not available for use, please contact the LEAD Office at 970-943-2469.
Mountaineer Cash rolls over from semester to semester and year to year. Please Note: Once you have deposited money onto your card, the funds can not be returned to you. Deposit wisely, you can always add more!
How can I add Mountaineer Cash to my son or daughter's card from home?
In order to add Mountaineer Cash to your son or daughter's card please call the Cashier's Office at (970) 943-3003. They can add money to the account by running a credit card over the phone. If you prefer to write a check please include a note that states "I would like to add $(amount) to (student's name or ID number) Mountaineer Cash account." You can mail the check and note to:
Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231
Please note that depositing funds by methods other than the PHIL Stations may cause a delay in fund availability. If 24 hours have passed and the deposited funds are still not available for use, please contact the LEAD Office at 970-943-2469.
What if I lose my card?
If you lose your card, report it lost as soon as possible to room 106 in the University Center.
During non-business hours, you can declare your card lost by calling (970) 943-2469 and leaving a voice mail with your name and telephone number. Lost cards reported during non-business hours will be suspended in the system as soon the Mountaineer Card Office opens on the next day of business. Replacement cards can be obtained at the Mountaineer Card Office. Replacement cards are not free.
Costs for the Mountaineer Card: 1st initial ID-free, replacement of a lost or stolen card is $15.00, replacement of a damaged card $5.00 (you must present the broken card).
Gift cards can also be purchased at the PHIL stations for $1. You will first purchase a card then add money onto the card, the money that you add to the card is called Mountaineer Cash. These cards can be used anywhere Mountaineer Cash can be used. The purpose of these cards is to allow community members to purchase cards to be used throughout the University Center.