Why do we have a PirateCard?

The main reason is to provide more secure cardholder identification; also, the card is capable of accessing more products and services and at more locations than previous ID cards. It is a safe way to purchase items and services on campus without carrying cash.

How much does the PirateCard cost?

Nothing for your first PirateCard. It's free. Replacements for lost or stolen cards cost $10. Damaged card replacement (including damage to the magnetic strip) is $5 (you must bring the damaged card with you). Payments must be made at the Bursar's Office in Burnett Hall. No payments can be made in the PirateCard Office.

What do I need to get my PirateCard?

You will need to know your AASU ID number (a nine-digit number starting with 907) and present a photo ID such as a current/valid drivers license, military I.D. or passport.

Where do I get my PirateCard?

If you are a new student, you will have your ID made when you attend Navigate. If you are an on-campus student, but you don't attend Navigate, you will have your ID made at move-in. Off-campus students who don't attend Navigate will need to go to the PirateCard Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, Room D245, M & W, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., T & Th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

How can I add money to my PirateCard?

You can add money to your account anytime throughout the year online using a credit card (MasterCard, American Express or Visa), at the Pirate Express Terminal located in Lane Library, or at the Bursar's Office in Burnett Hall

Can my parents add money to my PirateCard account?

Yes, anyone can make a "Guest Deposit" into your account by following the links at Manage my Account. They will need to know your first and last name (as it is on file with the university) and your student ID number.

What can I pay for with my PirateCard account?

Vending Personal Training The Galley Pirate's Pantry Copies
Library Rec Center Activities The Patio Cafe MCC Food Court Faxes
Printing Copies The Perk Bookstore  


Can I use my PirateCard to get cash?

No. The PirateCard is not an ATM card or credit card. It cannot be used to obtain cash or cash advances. Under no circumstances may debits or charges to an account reduce the account balance below zero.

Do I get free print copies on my account?

Yes, your Technology Fee provides $8.80 to your Pharos account each semester you are enrolled. This amount does not roll over from one semester to another. You may add money to your Pirate Cash account for more prints.

Is there is limit to how much money I can add to my card?

No, there is no limit to the amount of money that can be added to your PirateCard account.

Can anyone else use my PirateCard or can I loan my card to a friend or family member?

No! Never allow anyone to use your card for any reason; your card may be revoked if improperly used.

What else can I use the PirateCard for on campus?

It is your ID card to verify that you are a student. You use it to enter the Student Recreation Center, use the Student Health Center, attend intercollegiate games in the Sports Center, use the tennis courts, participate in intramural games, attend programs in the Fine Arts Auditorium and specified programs sponsored by the Campus Union Board, and print in computer labs. Not all these services are up and running, but will be introduced as they become available.

What should I do if I lose my card or realize that it has been stolen?

You may access your account online seven days a week, 24 hours a day by clicking the "Manage Your Account" button to report your card lost or stolen. Log in and click the "Report Lost or Stolen Card" link. This will immediately stop anyone from accessing your funds. To restore your account access you will need to come to the PirateCard Office with a driver's license or passport as ID. For security reasons, PirateCards reported lost or stolen may not be reactivated remotely. A replacement card costs $10.

Can I see a report of my transactions and balance?

Yes, you can go online to your PirateCard Account and print a transaction report. We recommend that you check this report monthly. You may request, through your online account, an email alert notifying you that your monthly report is ready. Reports for your account are only kept for the previous three months.

If I graduate, withdraw, or as an employee leave Armstrong, can I get the unused balance from my PirateCard?

Refunds are available from non-contractual accounts with a balance of $25 or more. Non-contractual accounts are Pirate Cash, Dining Dollars, and Bookstore Bucks. The university has the right to charge your PirateCard account for debts or liabilities you owe to the university. A check with the remaining balance will be sent to the address indicated on your PirateCard Balance Withdrawal Request form.