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Surge Cards

SurgeCards provide access, convenience

All Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff are required to have a SurgeCard, their College identification card, with them at all times for security purposes. SurgeCards are available in the Student Activities Office.

Your SurgeCard provides access to campus services such as the library and fitness center, as well as free admission to College sports. The SurgeCard can also be used to prepay for parking, and it can be used as a debit card for food at the Overlook Café, vending machines, copiers, and other things equipped with the SurgeCard swipe function.

Please reference the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the Surge Card.

What is a Surge Card?
How do I get a Surge Card?
Where and when can I get a Surge Card?
What is Surge Debit and where can I use it?
What is a Value Transfer Station?
How do I use my Surge Card for printing?
What else should I know about Surge Cards?
I have more questions. Who can I contact?

What is a Surge Card?

The SurgeCard is the official identification card for all Cincinnati State students and employees. Your SurgeCard provides access to a variety of services in campus, including:

  • Library
  • Computer labs
  • Fitness Center
  • Swimming Pool
  • Game Room
  • Racquetball Courts
  • And more!

Your SurgeCard is also your parking access card. There are two ways you can use your SurgeCard to pay for parking:

  1. Purchase a parking permit for $75.00 per semester. This parking privilege is assigned to your SurgeCard for use in College parking lots and garages.
  2. Apply funds for debit purposes, and access those funds to pay for per-use parking in Lot C and the Central Parkway Garage.

How do I get a Surge Card?

In order to obtain a SurgeCard, you must be enrolled and registered for classes at Cincinnati State.
Bring a photo ID and seven-digit ID number (not your Social Security number), and be prepared for a photo. Hats, headgear and sunglasses are not permitted in the photo.

Where and when can I get a Surge Card?

SurgeCards are available in the Office of Student Activities

Room 204 ATLC
Monday Hours
9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday - Friday Hours
9 am – 5 pm

Extended hours are available during the first week of each semester, and special summer hours will be posted. Call the Office of Student Activities at (513) 569-5747 for more information.

What is Surge Debit and where can I use it?

You can apply money to SurgeCard to use around Cincinnati State’s campus. Funds can be added to your SurgeCard via credit card online at MyCState’s Online SurgeCard Office, or with at the Value Transfer Station, located outside the Office of Student Activities, Room 204 ATLC.
Once debit funds are applied to your SurgeCard, it can be used at the following locations:

  • Campus Bookstore
  • Overlook Café
  • Bakery Hill
  • Parking Lots C
  • Library (for printing)
  • Open Computer Lab (for printing)
  • Vending Machines

What is a Value Transfer Station?

The Value Transfer Station (VTS) is a cash-only device that allows you to put money on your SurgeCard. The VTS is located in the ATLC, outside of the Office of Student Activities, Room 204. There is a $5 minimum allowed for funds applied to the account. The VTS does not give change.

For visitors or non-SurgeCard holders, a general debit cards can be purchased at the VTS for a $1 minimum, with $1 deducted for the cost of the card. These cards are non-refundable and are treated as gift cards.

How do I use my Surge Card for printing?

Each SurgeCard is equipped with the ability to print 150 free sheets each term in the Library or the Open Computer Lab (Rooms 316 and 317 ATLC). When 150 free copies are exceeded, you may apply funds to your SrugeCard to pay for additional sheets, which are deducted at the cost of $0.08 each.

What else should I know about Surge Cards?

  • Your first card is free.
  • Your card lasts as long as you are a student or staff member; there is no expiration date.
  • Lost cards cost $10.00 to replace, payable to the Cashier’s Office, Room 154 Main Building
  • Stolen cards are replaced for free with a police report.
  • Incoming students are eligible to receive their SurgeCard 24 hours after registering for classes.
  • SurgeCards are made while you wait.
  • Your SurgeCard enables you to receive discounts off-campus wherever student IDs are accepted.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

We are happy to answer your questions about SurgeCards. Contact the Office of Student Activities at (513) 569-5747 or visit Room 204 ATLC for more information.

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SurgeCard Office

Surge Card Office
Student Activities
ATLC – Room 204
(513) 569-5747 phone

Hours
9 am – 6:00 pm M
9 am – 5 pm Tu-F
 

Location & Hours

Student Activities
ATLC – Room 204
(513) 569-5747 phone

Hours
9 am – 6 pm M
9 am – 5 pm Tu-F

 
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