New Students

 Welcome to Penn State!

The Penn State id+ Card is a vital part of life at Penn State. As a new student, it's important to learn the basics of your ID:

The Card

Did you know that Penn State students are required to carry their id+ card while on campus? Learn what other terms, conditions, and policies govern the id+ card.

Get your ID

Get your first id+ card for free on your scheduled orientation or move-in day. Don't forget to bring ID ... valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo ID, military ID, or Permanent Resident Card.  

Protect your ID

Get the full life expectancy out of your ID. Follow these simple suggestions. 

For the security of your accounts, it's important that you DO NOT share pictures of your id+ card via email, text, or on social media sites.

Card  Replacement

Has your ID been lost or stolen? Safeguard your accounts by immediately deactivating your ID online at then visit your campus ID office to obtain a replacement.

Do you have your id+ card linked to a PNC account?  If so, log-in to PNC Online Banking at to unlink your PNC accounts.

Card Uses

The id+ card provides easy access to many University resources and packs a wealth of innovative technologies into one powerful and convenient card.

The id+ card is more than just your Penn State ID. It's your all-access pass to the best campus life has to offer! Check out some of these convenient features ....

Campus Meal Plan

is your 'ticket' to purchasing your meals on campus with your id+ card. With convenient on-campus dining options, a great meal is just a short walk away from any point on campus.

The Campus Meal Plan, designed for resident students, is restricted to on-campus food purchases. Students living on-campus in the residence halls purchase a meal plan with the Housing and Food Service Contract.

Compliment your Campus Meal Plan with LionCash+ ....

Don't have a Campus Meal Plan? Use LionCash+ to purchase your meals on campus ....


is Penn State's prepaid flex account that makes on- and off-campus purchases safe and easy, and adds endless capabilities to your id+ card.

LionCash+ gives you buying power at over 300 businesses state-wide - all chosen with a college student's needs in mind, including all 23 Penn State Bookstore locations. Look for the 'LionCash+ Accepted Here' decals displayed at participating businesses or view the list of participating businesses by each campus location at

LionCash+ offers numerous benefits including:

  • Exclusive discounts at some businesses
  • Safer than carrying cash
  • Added measure of security over non-photo debit or credit cards
  • Flexibility to use the id+ card both on- and off-campus
  • Funds carry over from year to year
  • No fees to participate
  • Family and friends can easily deposit funds online 24/7/365
  • Default account for the Campus Meal Plan when funds are expended
  • Easy online account management

Stay Connected! Keep up-to-date on new LionCash+ merchants, special discounts, and new program features.

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Manage Your Accounts

gives you the tools to conveniently manage your Campus Meal Plan and/or LionCash+ accounts online. Whether depositing funds, reviewing your transaction history, or deactivating a lost or stolen id+ card, Manage Your Accounts safely puts the power at your fingertips.

The Add Funds to Another's Account option also allows family and friends to make deposits into your account(s) from the comfort of home with any Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. Only cardholders have the ability to view account detail; however, you can easily email your transaction history to anyone.

All deposits are processed as a standard purchase, not a cash advance, and are processed in real-time so funds are immediately available!

PNC Bank

makes it easy for Penn State students to keep track of their money with easy-to-use tools designed especially for students.  Like PNC Virtual Wallet® Student which gives you checking and savings accounts plus tools that help take the guessing game out of managing your money.  Get Alerts that flag you - or your parents - when your account balance is low.  Or use Text Message Banking or the PNC Virtual Wallet App to check your balance or other account information from virtually anywhere.  You can even use your id+ card as an ATM card if you choose to link it to your PNC account!¹  There's no charge to link and it's easy to do online.

Open a PNC Bank Virtual Wallet Student and enjoy:

  • No minimum balance requirement
  • Free access to your accounts at over 7,300 PNC Bank ATMs, both on- and off-campus
  • Online, Mobile, and Text Message banking
  • Free PNC Bank VISA® Check Card
  • Link your PNC accounts to your Penn State id+ Card so you can use your id+ card to get cash at ATMs too, eliminating the need to carry a second card on campus
  • One free incoming domestic or international wire transfer to your checking account each monthly statement cycle
For more information or to open a Virtual Wallet Student, stop by any PNC Bank branch, visit, or call 1-877-PNC-1000 today.


¹Linking your id+ card to your PNC Bank accounts enables you to use your id+ card in ATMs only.  Your PNC Bank account is a separate account from the Campus Meal Plan and LionCash+ accounts.  PNC Bank, NA.  Member FDIC.