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Uses of Easy Money

by Kari Ashworth - News Editor
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 11:40 pm
Easy Money students at The College at Brockport students to use their ID cards at select shops in the village. Recently, there has been a decline on where to use the money.
Easy Money students at The College at Brockport students to use their ID cards at select shops in the village. Recently, there has been a decline on where to use the money.

The College at Brockport has multiple ways students can purchase items at the restaurants on campus. While cash and credit are always an option, students can also put money on their Eagle One card in the form of Dining Dollars or Easy Money. 

Many students are familiar with Dining Dollars. This form of currency is not taxable and is available for use at the dining locations on campus. Easy Money allows for students to make purchases at the bookstore, shop at select stores and eat at select off-campus restaurants. 

“Easy Money is different than Dining Dollars,” Dining Services Director Cathy Legacy wrote. “Dining Dollars are tax free and only for use in the dining locations on campus. Dining Dollars do not ‘roll’ into the next academic year, and only roll over from the fall to the spring semester when enrolled in a spring meal plan. Easy Money accounts stay active and can be used over the course of several years while enrolled as a student at The College at Brockport.” 

Currently, 15 locations off-campus take Easy Money, including Jimmy Z’s, Ho Ho Hibachi Sushi, Crosby’s and CVS Pharmacy. Students have the option of depositing excess financial aid onto their Eagle One cards or they can transfer funds from their credit/debit card to their Eagle One card through the GET app. Locations vary based on student or business interest. 

“Our students tend to encourage merchants who do not yet participate,” Legacy wrote. “They will ask when purchasing if they take Easy Money which inspires interest. We also have a team which will visit Brockport stores periodically to generate Easy Money partners.” 

Regardless, many students are unaware of Easy Money and even if they do know about it, the majority of the information is not known. 

“I know that you can go to a store and then they take it,” student Ryan Forzano stated. “The one place I know [you can use it] is Burger King.” 

Junior Lauren Hull reiterated this sentiment, agreeing she did not know much about it. 

“I don’t use it, but I do know that it’s like money you put onto your account, like your student account,” Hull said, “and then you can use your card — your ID card — to swipe for things in the bookstore like the cafeteria and stuff. My friend has used it to buy her books and whatnot, but I’ve never used it.” 

The locations accepting this currency have changed throughout the years. Tops in Hamlin, NY, took Easy Money in the 2017-18 school year but no longer accept it. Pizza Hut used to allow students to use this currency years ago, as did Rite-Aid until this year which coincidentally is when all Rite-Aids transitioned into Walgreens. 

Brockport senior Ryan Dipaula noticed the decrease in locations to use Easy Money. 

“I have definitely noticed a decrease in multiple locations, despite them not corresponding with the college itself to announce that change,” Dipaula said. “It makes it a lot harder for me to be able to use Easy Money as a truly viable currency outside of the campus, as a way to purchase groceries and medicine. Instead, it’s functioning more like an off-campus dining dollars, which is not what I use it for.” 

Dipaula has received Easy Money over the years as a stipend for positions they have worked on campus, including an Orientation Leader and a Welcome Week Assistant. They have used Easy Money for groceries at Tops, prior to the store cutting ties with the program, fast food around Brockport, at the college bookstore and for gas at Crosby’s. 

There are a variety of reasons a business may decide to stop accepting Easy Money, but there are some mainstays that students always flock to. 

“Easy Money partnerships may not always remain beneficial to the merchant when there is little use, and may decide not to keep the program,” Legacy wrote. “We have some very long-term partnerships, such as Domino’s and Jimmy Z’s, which remain very popular with the students, while others have dropped off as there was very little student use.” 

For more information regarding Easy Money and the locations one can use it, you can visit basc1. org or the GET app.

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