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About Bear Bucks

It is good at dozens of locations, including campus dining. Your account is active as soon as your card is printed — just add funds and you’re ready to go.

RELIABLE
No account fees or service charges, as long as the account is maintained
SAFE
Fast and convenient, funds never expire
EASY
To add funds online by logging into your UCR Card Account
SECURE
Parents/Guardians can deposit into a student’s account knowing funds can only be spent at university-approved locations

Where Are Bear Bucks Accepted?

Many families use Bear Bucks to help students cover discretionary expenses beyond room and board: purchasing books, groceries, school supplies, meals and other essentials.

There are some minor restrictions: Cash withdrawals or cash advances are not permitted, and balances do not accrue interest. And you can’t use Bear Bucks to pay for parking permits or fees on R'Web.

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UCR Dining Locations
UCR Bookstore Merchandise
UCR Bookstore
Digital Copier
WEPA Kiosks & Library Printing

Bear Bucks FAQ's

Check out answers to frequently asked questions!

  • What are Bear Bucks?

    Bear Bucks can be used for purchasing discretionary items like books, groceries, school supplies, food items at any campus dining location, and other essentials.  There are some minor restrictions: cash withdrawals or cash advances are not permitted, and balances do not accrue interest. And you can’t use Bear Bucks to pay for parking permits or fees on R'Web.

  • How do Bear Bucks work?

    Bear Bucks are linked to your campus ID card (R’Card) and can be used across campus.  Each purchase is automatically deducted from your account balance, similar to a bank debit card.

  • Where can I use Bear Bucks?

    Bear Bucks are accepted at the UCR Bookstore, any campus dining location, and copying and printing locations including the library.

  • How do I purchase Bear Bucks?

    You can deposit funds to your R’Card with a credit card or debit card by clicking Purchase Bear Bucks

    Those needing assistance can visit the Highlander Service Station for in-person assistance.  

  • Do I need a R’Card to purchase Bear Bucks?

    Once an R’Card is issued, it can start receiving Bear Bucks’ deposits within an hour.   

  • What's the difference between Bear Bucks and Dining Dollars?

    Both turn your R'Card into a debit card for purchasing across campus.  Bear Bucks are used to purchase goods and services at all campus points of sale. Bear Bucks never expire.

    Dining Dollars can only be used at campus dining locations and are allocated at the beginning of each academic quarter during the regular school year and expire at the end of the spring quarter. 

  • What if I don't use all my Bear Bucks?

    The funds that are deposited to Bear Bucks remain in the account until the funds are used to purchase goods or services, or until the funds are requested to be refunded when enrollment is terminated at UCR. 

  • Can I get a refund on Bear Bucks?

    Refunds are available when you officially leave the university.   To close a Bear Bucks account, fill out the Bear Bucks Refund Request Form print and submit the form to the Highlander Service Office in person. The University will refund your balance, minus a $5 service fee. 

Questions about Bear Bucks?

For Parents: A Bear Bucks Fund Estimator

How much should you deposit in your student’s Bear Bucks Debit Account? Use this chart as a guide:

Estimated Quarter Expenses Minimum Optimum
Textbooks $350 $600
School Supplies $50 $125
Photocopies/Printing $25 $50
Restaurants and Delivery $125 $350
University Apparel $50 $100
Entertainment $50 $200
Miscellaneous $50 $150
TOTALS $700 $1,575