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Cat Cash

What is Cat Cash?

Add Cat Cash to your Wildcard and it becomes a Declining Balance Card that can be used at any on campus dining hall or retail location without a worrying about carrying cash. It takes just $25 to get started and you'll never go hungry.

TAX FREE! All Cat Cash purchases are tax free for students. Simply tell the cashier that you are a student when making your Cat Cash purchase to ensure that the taxes are removed from your purchase. 

(Faculty and Staff are required to pay taxes on all purchases.)

How Do I get Cat Cash?

Students, Faculty and Staff can click on the links below to add Cat Cash to your account. You can pay using these easy methods:

  • Cat Cash Online Request Form - Charge your Cat Cash to your student account and set up auto-renewal. Submit your request here, with no need for paper or pens. Just have your NetID, password and student ID number ready. 
  • Cat Cash Request Form Mail, fax or email your form to the Food Service office ( The requested amount will be charged to your student account. 
  • add cat cashCredit Card Online Form - Charge Cat Cash to your credit card. We accept American Express, Visa or Mastercard. (Auto-renewal is not available with this method.) It's perfect for parents as well as and Faculty and Staff who don't have a student account. (7 digit Wildcard number required.)

Cat Cash requests made via the the Cat Cash Online Request Form are available immediately and are billed to your CAESAR account.

Cat Cash requests made via the Credit Card Online Form are not available for immediate use. Please allow up to three business days for credit card Cat Cash requests to be available for use. 

To cancel your Cat Cash Debit Account Plan, please use fill out our Cancellation Form, and mail, fax or email the form to the Food Service Office.  

Cat Cash Policy

Cat Cash LogoThe initial deposit requirement for individuals is $25.00, thereafter, additional funds may be deposited in open dollar amount increments. Cat Cash Plan balances may only be used for food and beverage purchases at authorized Northwestern Dining locations. Cat Cash purchases made by students are tax exempt. Cat Cash purchases made by Faculty and Staff will be charged taxes. Cat Cash Debit Account Plans are encoded onto the University Wildcard ID. Lost or stolen ID cards must be reported to the University Food Service Office immediately so that the account balance may be placed on hold until a replacement ID card and number is issued. The University is not responsible for losses to account balances due to fraudulent use, theft, or ID loss. Undergraduate student funds deposited into the Cat Cash Debit Account Plan are valid through each undergraduate student's academic career. Faculty, staff and graduate student accounts do not expire.

The Auto-refill option for undergraduate students is only be offered when using the online form that bills to your CAESAR Account. Account balances, including those of inactive accounts, expire upon date of graduation, and are forfeited. Cat Cash Debit Account Plan balances of $26.00 or more may be refunded upon written request, which must be received by the University Food Service Office no later than August 31, 2018. A $25.00 processing fee will be charged for any refund granted. No account balance re-assignments or donations are permitted. It may take up to 30 days to receive a refund or for a credit to appear on an NU student consolidated tuition account. statement.

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