Bull Bucks should work like a credit card – The Oracle

The Bull Bucks system should not require money up front, but rather should allow students to credit fees to their USF accounts. ORACLE PHOTO/LEDA ALVIM

The USF Bull Bucks system is the student trading structure currently in place. Bull Bucks are electronically preloaded onto a student’s ID card through the USF website, according to its FAQ page.

The system works like a debit card, requiring students and parents to upload money beforehand so they can use up to $1,000. Typically, students use Bull Bucks to pay for food, printing, and at some USF outlets, according to the Bull Bucks website.

Instead of preloading Bull Bucks, students should be able to use them preemptively, charging their tuition and fees to be paid later when they have the money. This would help students who might not have the money to top up their card in advance.

This system was created to limit the need for students to carry cash around campus and to provide an alternative to commercial bank cards, according to the website.

Bull Bucks are non-transferable, are limited to a spending balance of $600 per day, and can only hold $1,000.

The biggest limitation for Bull Bucks users is that they need a cash balance loaded in advance, which is inconvenient for students who don’t have cash yet or those who must depend on their parents to recharge the card.

Students would also avoid the inconvenience of running out of Bull Bucks without realizing it, leaving them without necessary resources like lunch or printing.

According to USF Registrar website.

Students also cannot have their transcripts or diplomas published without paying the fee.

This is called a “BD” holdback for debts owing. To lift this, students should contact Student Services for assistance. These measures are already in place, ensuring that USF would not suffer any loss by implementing this new system.

Improving the Bull Bucks system by modifying it to work with credit-based allocations would allow students to purchase needed items without worrying about their card being overdrawn, providing students with more convenience and peace of mind. when buying basic necessities.

If the purpose of the Bull Bucks system is to act as a convenient alternative to bank cards, USF should make them as convenient and stress-free as possible for students and parents.

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