By Lillian Linscott
New RaiderCards are available to Grand Rapids Community College students for the start of the new winter semester. The new cards were printed over break and are available for pick-up from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 in the Raider Grille.
In an email to The Collegiate, Dave Murray, GRCC’s communications director, explained the purpose for the new RaiderCards.
“The safety and security of GRCC students and employees is a top priority, and the new RaiderCards are part of a new security system,” Murray stated. “We’re focused on a culture of safety.”
During RaiderCard pick-up, parking will not be free. Students who do not yet have their new card, the old cards cannot be used. Students picking up their new RaiderCards can pull a parking ticket and upon exiting the ramp the new card can be used. The regular student rate of $3.50 will apply upon exiting any of the ramps at GRCC. Upon entering the parking ramp, students may have to wait a few seconds for the machine to recognize the new cards. Students are advised to not tap twice.
According to the GRCC site, students who are unable to pick-up their new card on Monday or Tuesday can “bring a valid picture ID and your student number to Student Life or the Tassell or Thompson MTEC to receive your RaiderCard.”
A new design and features have been applied to these cards. The card design includes a larger picture, larger print and room for longer names. Student ID numbers are also no longer on the cards. The previous features are available as well as a new feature that will grant access to select campus entry doors. A complete list of features is posted on the GRCC website.
There are different ways to put money on the RaiderCards like using credit or debit cards to electronically transfer funds through the StudentLink website and depositing money using RaiderCard machines around campus and making a one-time transfer using financial aid.
However these kiosks are not yet accepting credit or debit cards, but they are accepting cash. If students don’t have cash on them, they can go to www.grcc.edu/studentlink to add money to their RaiderCards. Also, RaiderCard machines used at the Raider Grille or the Quiet Cafe are not yet online and purchases cannot yet be made with the new RaiderCards.