Maroon Dollars FAQ

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Purchase Maroon Dollars online here!

*If you purchase Maroon Dollars online, any bonus dollars will be added to your purchase within five minutes.  

Maroon Dollars are non-refundable

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.

How can I charge my Maroon Dollar purchase to tuition?

You can now purchase Maroon Dollars and charge them to your bursar account, online through our GET Funds application.  You can contact our office,  773-702-1600 or, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, to confirm you account has access to the “Bill Me” functionality. 

Who can buy Maroon Dollars?

All registered students, university faculty, and staff are eligible to buy Maroon Dollars.

When will my Maroon Dollars expire?

Maroon Dollars added after July 1, 2021 will expire on June 4, 2022. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Can unused Maroon Dollars be applied to my tuition balance?

No, Maroon Dollars are for use within the dining program and cannot be applied to your tuition balance.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Where can I use Maroon Dollars?

Pret A Manger, Hutchinson Commons (Noodles, Saffron, Asada, Basma Kitchen), Harris CaféMaroon Market, Midway Market, Law Café, Café Logan, Press Café, Quantum Café, Gordon Café, Starbucks at Saeih, Barnes & Noble Bookstore Café, Peach’s Café, and Tiffin Café.

Student-Run Cafés:  Cobb Coffee Shop, Ex Libris Coffee Shop, Harper Café, and Hallowed Grounds

Is there a minimum or 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. 

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

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.