Being a student and being poor are almost synonymous. Thanks to Salt Lake Community College’s OneCard, now those two words don’t have to go hand in hand in a students life.
Junior, Emily Bowden is under the perception like so many other SLCC Students that your OneCard is just an ID.
“I can use my OneCard as a debit card and to get discounts?” An adequate question from Emily Bowden.
Getting a OneCard is quick and easy. There are five different locations where OneCards are available. At the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the ID center is in the Student Center Building at the heart of the campus.
In order to receive an ID, students need to have a photo ID and have their picture taken. In about 2 minutes the ID is complete and doors all around the campus and Salt Lake Valley are open.
If a card is lost or stolen, it should be reported to the ID center so it can be canceled. It’s $15 for a replacement card and a refund of any remaining balance can be claimed at the ID Center.
According to Meg Singer, a recent graduate and employee of SLCC who works at the ID Center, one of the perks from the OneCard is transportation related.
“[OneCards] are also good for bus passes.”
Bus passes with an ID cost $60 until the stipend runs out, and after that it rises to $200.
On campus, a OneCard gets a student access to a variety of resources at the library, participating in student elections, gaining access to College events such as sporting events, lectures, concerts, etc. Most of which are free with ID cards.
Another advantage to the OneCard is the debit card-like features.
“I always tell students when they come it’s great to have a little money on it if you need food at the Quick Stop or if you need materials at the bookstore.”
This card also can be used to pay for printing documents at the copy center, making tuition payments, various vending machines and the Lifetime Activities Center for gym and sporting even access.
Outside of the school, Ballet West offers half off ballet tickets from the box office the day of the performance, and the Utah Symphony offers a Student Concert Package that gets you five concerts for $10 each.
At arttix.org, a wider selection of different venues include the Capitol Theatre and The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Art Tix also offers two tickets for $10 each with a student I.D.
The possibilities for student discounts is unlimited. Call venues ahead to see if discounts are available with your One Card.
For more information on getting a One Card and a ticket to unlimited freedom in the Utah Valley, go to www.slcc.edu/onecard.