Maroon Dollars FAQ

Purchase Maroon Dollars online here!

*If you purchase Maroon Dollars online, any bonus dollars will be added manually within 24 business hours.  Please contact dining@uchicago.edu if you still do not see your bonus dollars after 24 hours.*

What are Maroon Dollars?

Maroon Dollars allow students, faculty, and staff to use their University IDs like a debit card at any dining hall and most cafés and markets on campus. Each time you make a purchase with Maroon Dollars, money will be subtracted from your personal account. One Maroon Dollar is equivalent to $1.

Maroon Dollars also come with bonuses: a purchase of $100 Maroon Dollars or more will include a 5 percent bonus.  A purchase of $250 Maroon Dollars or more will include a 7.5 percent bonus.

Who can buy Maroon Dollars?

All registered students, university faculty, and staff are eligible to buy Maroon Dollars. Most of the University meal plans also include Maroon Dollars.

Where can I use Maroon Dollars?

Maroon Dollars can be used to purchase meals at the residential dining commons (Bartlett and Cathey) and also to purchase food and other items from the following retail locations:

Retail locations Located
C-Shop (Einstein Bros. Bagels) Reynolds Club
Hutchinson Commons (Subway, Saffron, etc.) Reynolds Club
Maroon Market Bartlett Dining Commons
Midway Market Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons
Cobb Coffee Shop (student-run café) Cobb Hall
Ex Libris Coffee Shop (student-run café) Regenstein Library, main floor
Harper Café (student-run café) Harper Memorial Library
Hallowed Grounds (student-run café) Reynolds Club
Harris Café Harris School
Barnes and Noble Bookstore Cafe University Bookstore
Bio Café Biological Sciences Learning Center
Classics Café Classics Building
Stuart Café Stuart Hall
Law Café Law School
Cafe Logan Logan Arts Center
Press Café Press Building
GCIS Cafe Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences
SSA Café Social Service Administration
Tiffin Café International House

*Maroon Dollars are not accepted at the Laboratory Schools, the Booth School of Business, Harper Center, the University of Chicago Medical Center, or the Divinity School Café (Grounds of Being).

When will my Maroon Dollars expire?

Unused Maroon Dollars will roll over from quarter to quarter during an academic year, but will expire on Convocation Saturday of Spring Quarter. Any remaining balance is non-refundable.

Students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the University will lose access to their Maroon Dollars account; any remaining balance is non-refundable.

Is there a minimum/maximum purchase of Maroon Dollars?

There is a minimum purchase of $25 for each addition to your Maroon Dollars account, and a maximum yearly purchase of $5,000.

How can I charge my Maroon Dollar purchase to tuition?

These purchases must be made in person at UChicago Dining (Bartlett Hall, Room 111 on the first floor) or College Housing (Edelstone Hall, second floor).  The UChicago Dining office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6:00pm.  The College Housing office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.  Maroon Dollars purchased online cannot be charged to your tuition bill.

I bought more Maroon Dollars recently, but they still don’t show up when I make a purchase.  Why not?

Students with meal plans have two separate Maroon Dollar accounts: one is attached to the meal plan, and one contains all additional Maroon Dollar purchases.  Once your first account is depleted of all funds, your second account will become active.

For example, if you still have $10 left over from a previous or current meal plan, you will need to spend $10 or more in order to see your new Maroon Dollars when you make a purchase.  You can also check your balance online.

I have a Maroon Dollars account, but my transaction will not go through.  What’s the problem?

Please make sure that the address you entered for the transaction matches the billing address associated with the credit card.

If you continue to experience problems, please contact UChicago Dining at 773-702-1600 or dining@uchicago.edu

On my transaction history, what does ‘GUI Location’ mean?

The GUI Location tells you where your transaction was handled, depending on whether you purchased Maroon Dollars online or in person.

Why can’t I see my transaction history from previous quarters?

On your transaction history, please select “All Plans” to see these records.  If you have any further questions, please contact UChicago Dining at 773-702-1600 or dining@uchicago.edu.