Frequently Asked Questions

The eXpress Account is a declining balance account available to currently registered students, faculty, and staff for use at on-campus and select off-campus locations.  See the eXpress Account webpage for more information.

The eXpress Account can be used at any Dining Services location (for students with Dining Dollars, your Dining Dollars will be used first), UST Bookstores, Tommie Central, the Tommie Shop, Summit Marketplace and select vending machines.  Several off-campus vendors also accept eXpress funds, including (but not limited to) Applebee's, Chipotle, Coffee Bene, CVS, Davanni's, Five Guys, The Glow Lounge, Greenmill, Groveland Barbershop, Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, The Italian Pie Shoppe, Jamba Juice, Noodles & Company, Pieology, Plum's, Punch Pizza, Quixotic, Sakana Sushi & Asian Bistro, Snuffy's Malt Shop, Stewart's, Sweet Peas, Tanworks, Toppers & Widmer's.  See the eXpress Account webpage for more information.

Incoming students attending an Orientation Session will obtain their UST Tommie ID card at some point during their session.

Outside of Orientation sessions, a week or two before classes start registered students can obtain a Tommie ID Card by visiting the Card Office in St. Paul, or its satellite location in Minneapolis.  A government issued photo ID, such as a Driver's License, State ID, or passport, will be required to sit for the photo and obtain the ID card.

If your Tommie Card is lost or stolen, immediately report the loss to the St. Paul Tommie Card Office (651-962-6069), and/or to Public Safety (651-962-5100).  The card will be deactivated to prevent unauthorized use.  There is a $25 charge for replacement cards.

Call or stop by the St. Paul Tommie Card Office (651-962-6069) for assistance in finding the issue with your current Tommie Card.  There is no charge for replacement cards if the issue is related to wear and tear during the normal course of use.  The old card MUST be returned to receive a new card at no charge.

*if you punch holes in your Tommie Card & it stops working, you WILL be charged a $25 replacement fee

Yes.  The multi-functional Tommie Card also serves as the meal plan card. UST offers several meal plans to both residents and commuters; there are block or declining meal plans which are combined with flex dollar allowances.  Meal plan participants are welcome to use their board meals at the View (Anderson Student Center), the Binz (South Campus), or Food for Thought (Minneapolis campus).  Flex dollars are for use in any food service location and are not valid anywhere else on-campus or off-campus.  Both meals and Flex dollars must be used by the end of the semester and do not carry over into the next semester.  For more information on meal plans and dining services, visit

Dining dollars (previously flex dollars) are attached to meal plans and can only be used to purchase food items at The View, T's, Binz, Food for Thought, Beakers Coffee Cart, Brady Coffee Cart, Summit Market Place, Scooter's, and The Loft. Dining dollars expire at the end of the semester and any remaining balance is forfeited. (Most students check their balances the last month of the semester and spend accordingly). If you run out of dining dollars there is no way to purchase more.  More information on resident and non-resident meal plans can be found on the food services web page at:

eXpress dollars are attached to the eXpress Account and are similar to prepaid debit cards. Deposits can be made through the GET Funds System by credit card, a charge to the student tuition account (for students), or payroll deduction (for employees). Credit card deposits for students will receive a 5% bonus at the time of the deposit.

eXpress dollars can be used to purchase a variety of goods and services at both on-campus and off-campus merchants. You cannot use eXpress dollars to purchase alcohol, tobacco or gift cards. eXpress dollars do not expire at the end of the semester, they carry over from year to year. When you graduate or withdraw from the University any funds in your eXpress account over $10.00 will be refunded.  Graduation and withdrawal from the University are the only times eXpress can be refunded.

The University reserves the right to inactivate the Bill Me option or the use of the eXpress account at any time for any reason.