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What is the BCard?

Formerly known as the BenCard, the BCard is Benedictine University’s official identification campus card and is available to all enrolled students and current faculty and staff. Tap your iPhone, Apple Watch or Android phone at readers across campus to conveniently access your university credentials. You can still have a physical BCard, but now you can add your BCard either to one iPhone and one Apple Watch, or one Android phone.

The BCard houses student Meal Plans and acts as a pre-paid debit card with BBuck$, authenticates and grants cardholders access to campus buildings. Also, the BCard can be used as a membership card to gain access to the Rice Fitness Center or check-out a book at the library.

The BCard can be used at all on-campus dining facilities, campus store, and select off-campus restaurants.

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How to submit your Official ID Photo Online:

a. If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.
b. Go to eAccounts.ben.edu and sign in with your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication.
c. In the menu, select Profile > Click to Submit a New Photo
d. Follow the process to submit a photo. Your photo and ID document must be submitted and approved before you can download the BCard Mobile ID.

Tips when submitting your photo:
  1. Be sure that photos are not in “live” mode.
  2. Photos that are too big will display a message stating the photo cannot be greater than 2MB, please crop the photo until it is just around your face and re-submit.
  3. Photos that are too small will display a message stating the photo must be greater than 300KB. Try taking a photo using the rear-facing camera and re-submitting.

Remember – heavily filtered photos will not be accepted (i.e. Snapchat) and that filters will also affect the size of the photo.

Criteria for photos:

YES

  • Current color photo in jpg format
  • Neutral color and smooth background
  • Centered and front view of full face
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
  • Proper lighting, we want to see you!
  • Eyes open and visible
  • Wear prescription glasses if you normally do so
  • Photo size between 300KB to 2MB

NO

  • Wear hats, sunglasses or other items that obscure the face
  • Glare on glasses; closed eyes
  • Shadows on the face
  • Other visible people, pets, or objects in the photo
  • Inappropriate expressions
  • Group photos
  • Black and White photos
  • Photos with your hand resting on your face
  • Crop off the top of your head or side angle of your face

New students attending orientation can obtain a BCard as part of the program’s schedule.

Not attending orientation, no problem! You will need to follow these steps:

1.) Student Identification Number

Before starting the BCard process, be sure you have been issued a Benedictine University Student Identification Number and enrolled in classes, which authorizes you to receive a BCard. If you have not or are unsure, contact Student Accounts.

2.) Getting your Official ID Photo

The University Official ID photos are processed and managed by the University Police. Students can get their Official ID photo by visiting the Police office or by submitting the photo online. Both in person and online submitted photos will require accompanying government issued documentation for identity verification. For concerns related to providing government issued documentation, contact Student Life.

How to submit your Official ID Photo Online:

a. If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.
b. Go to eAccounts.ben.edu and sign in with your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication.
c. In the menu, select Profile > Click to Submit a New Photo
d. Follow the process to submit a photo. Your photo and ID document must be submitted and approved before you can download the BCard Mobile ID.

3.) Getting Your BCard

a. Physical BCard – After your online photo has been approved, visit the Campus Police Office to request and obtain your physical ID card.

b. BCard Mobile ID – go to the Setting Up Your BCard steps below to learn more.

A student’s BCards is active from the first term of enrollment until four months after the last date of the last term of enrollment.

New students can get support for their BCard by contacting the Help Desk at (630) 829-CARD (2273) or email at [email protected] during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Faculty and Staff BCard Faculty and staff are issued a BCard upon confirmation of employment. You will need to follow these steps:

1.) Employee Identification Number

Before starting the BCard process, be sure you have been issued a Benedictine University Employee Identification Number. If you have not or are unsure, contact HR.

2.) Getting your Official ID Photo

The University Official ID photos are processed and managed by the University Police. Faculty and Staff can get their Official ID photo by visiting the Police offices or by submitting the photo online. Both in person and online submitted photos may require accompanying government issued documentation for identity verification. For concerns related to providing government issued documentation, contact the HR.

How to submit your Official ID Photo Online:

a. If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.
b. Go to eAccounts.ben.edu and sign in with your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication.
c. In the menu, select Profile > Click to Submit a New Photo
d. Follow the process to submit a photo. Your photo and ID document must be submitted and approved before you can download the BCard Mobile ID.

3.) Getting your BCard

Faculty and Staff are required to obtain a physical BCard and encouraged to create a BCard Mobile ID. To obtain your BCards, follow these next steps:

1.) To get your physical BCard, visit the University the University Police offices or complete this form (NEW FORM STACK) and you will be contacted when your new BCard is ready for pickup at the University Police offices.
2.) BCard Mobile ID – go to the Setting Up Your BCard steps below to learn more.

Faculty and Staff employees BCard is active from the date of hire to the date of termination.

If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.

BCard Example

  1. Download the ‘Transact’ eAccounts Mobile App from the App Store to your phone.
  2. Open the ‘Transact’ eAccounts App. Click through the startup screens and tap Get Started.
  3. Search for Benedictine University and click through to the BCard Mobile ID login screen.
  4. Enter your Benedictine University Network Credentials to authenticate your device. If you have not set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials, please see ‘Authentication Preparation’.
  5. Once you have successfully authenticated, the App is now referred to as the “BCard eAccounts” App.
  6. In the BCard eAccounts App, click the Add to Apple Wallet button to add your BCard Mobile ID to Apple Wallet. You can add your BCard Mobile ID to one iPhone and one Apple Watch.a) Click iPhone and continue through the prompts (Next, Agree to Terms & Conditions).b) When the process is complete, the App will send a notification to verify your BCard Mobile ID has been added to your Apple Wallet.c) Tap Done in the upper right corner to return to the Home screen of the App.d) You can now add your Apple Watch using the same process.

1. Repeat set-up steps 1-5 to login to the BCard eAccounts Mobile App.

2. Ensure your second device is signed into the same iCloud account as the first device.

3. From the Campus ID screen in BCard eAccounts App, tap the in the upper right corner of your BCard Mobile Credential display.

4. Tap Add or Remove Campus ID from Wallet.

5. Choose your second device to add your BCard Mobile ID.

6. On the Add Card to Wallet screen, tap Next in the upper right corner.

7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete adding your BCard Mobile ID.

Your iPhone or Apple Watch must be turned on, but it does not have to be connected to a network. For iPhones 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and later, Express Mode allows you to use your BCard without unlocking the device with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Just tap your device against the reader to recognize your BCard. On iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR Express Mode with power reserve is available for up to five hours after the device’s battery needs to be charged.

  • To display your BCard Mobile ID, open Apple Wallet and select your BCard Mobile ID from your saved cards.
  • Adding funds to your BCard is easy and can be done by using the BCard eAccounts App. Before adding funds for the first time, you will need to save a payment method by visiting the BCard eAccounts web portal at eAccounts.ben.edu.
    • Make a deposit via your desktop or mobile browser.
    • After completing the deposit, there will be an option to save your credit card information.
    • Once you have added the card information on the BCard eAccounts web portal, that card will be available in the BCard eAccounts App for future deposits. If you have already used BCard eAccounts App to access your BCard Mobile ID, you will need to sign out and back in to update the saved payment information.

Contact information for the BCard support is also available from the BCard Mobile ID menu in the Apple Wallet.

  1. Enable NFC on your phone in your Settings menu. NFC settings can be found in different areas of the Settings menu, depending on your device. A common location is Connected Devices>Connection Settings. (If not found there, use the Search option on the top right to double check.)
  2. Toggle the NFC setting to On.
  3. Open Google Pay and make sure it is enabled as the default payment application. If the App prompts you to add a credit card, you can bypass that screen and return to the Google Pay home screen.
  4. Download the “Transact’ eAccounts App from the Google Play Store to your phone.
  5. Open ‘Transact’ eAccounts App, click through the startup screens and tap Get Started.
  6. Search for Benedictine University and click through to the BCard Mobile ID login screen.
  7. Enter your Benedictine University Network Credentials to authenticate your device. If you have not set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials, please see ‘Authentication Preparation’.
  8. Once you have successfully authenticated, the App is now referred to as the “BCard eAccounts” App.
  9. Once you have successfully authenticated in BCard eAccounts App, click the Add to Google Pay button to add your BCard Mobile ID to Google Pay.
    a) Continue through the prompts (Next, Accept the Benedictine University Terms & Conditions).
    b) Next, Accept the Google Pay Terms of Service.
    c) The next screen will confirm that the BCard Mobile ID has been added to Google Pay.
  • You do not need to unlock your phone, but the screen must be awake to use your BCard. Tap the power button to wake the screen and tap your phone against the reader. Note, the antenna location may vary by device, although it is often in the middle of the phone. As a result, you may have to adjust the orientation of your phone against the reader to have your mobile credential recognized.
  • To display your BCard Mobile ID, open the BCard eAccounts App and select the View in Google Pay icon.
  • To add funds to your BCard in the BCard eAccounts App, first save a payment method at the BCard eAccounts web portal at eAccounts.ben.edu.
    • Make a deposit via your desktop or mobile browser.
    • After completing the deposit, there will be an option to save your credit card information.
    • Once you have added the card information on the BCard eAccounts web portal (bcard.ben.edu), that card will be available in the BCard eAccounts App for future deposits. If you have already used the BCard eAccounts App to access your BCard Mobile ID, you will need to sign out and back in to update the saved payment information.

Contact information for the BCard support is also available from the BCard Mobile ID menu in Google Pay.

BCard Mobile ID Requirements
iPhone iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later
iOS 12 or later
Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 1 or later
Watch OS 5 or later
Apple ID Signed into iCloud. If two devices are used, both must be signed into same iCloud account.
Android Phone Version 6.0 or later; NFC enabled device capable of supporting Google Pay or Samsung Pay.
BCard eAccounts Mobile App Loaded from Apple App Store or Google Play stores by searching “Transact eAccounts”

 

New students attending orientation can obtain a BCard as part of the program’s schedule.

Not attending orientation, no problem! You will need to follow these steps:

1.) Student Identification Number

Before starting the BCard process, be sure you have been issued a Benedictine University Student Identification Number and enrolled in classes, which authorizes you to receive a BCard. If you have not or are unsure, contact Student Accounts.

2.) Getting your Official ID Photo

The University Official ID photos are processed and managed by the University Police. Students can get their Official ID photo by visiting the Police office or by submitting the photo online. Both in person and online submitted photos will require accompanying government issued documentation for identity verification. For concerns related to providing government issued documentation, contact Student Life.

How to submit your Official ID Photo Online:

a. If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.
b. Go to eAccounts.ben.edu and sign in with your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication.
c. In the menu, select Profile > Click to Submit a New Photo
d. Follow the process to submit a photo. Your photo and ID document must be submitted and approved before you can download the BCard Mobile ID.

3.) Getting Your BCard

a. Physical BCard – After your online photo has been approved, visit the Campus Police Office to request and obtain your physical ID card.

b. BCard Mobile ID – go to the Setting Up Your BCard steps below to learn more.

A student’s BCards is active from the first term of enrollment until four months after the last date of the last term of enrollment.

New students can get support for their BCard by contacting the Help Desk at (630) 829-CARD (2273) or email at [email protected] during business hours, Monday through Friday.

Faculty and Staff BCard Faculty and staff are issued a BCard upon confirmation of employment. You will need to follow these steps:

1.) Employee Identification Number

Before starting the BCard process, be sure you have been issued a Benedictine University Employee Identification Number. If you have not or are unsure, contact HR.

2.) Getting your Official ID Photo

The University Official ID photos are processed and managed by the University Police. Faculty and Staff can get their Official ID photo by visiting the Police offices or by submitting the photo online. Both in person and online submitted photos may require accompanying government issued documentation for identity verification. For concerns related to providing government issued documentation, contact the HR.

How to submit your Official ID Photo Online:

a. If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.
b. Go to eAccounts.ben.edu and sign in with your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication.
c. In the menu, select Profile > Click to Submit a New Photo
d. Follow the process to submit a photo. Your photo and ID document must be submitted and approved before you can download the BCard Mobile ID.

3.) Getting your BCard

Faculty and Staff are required to obtain a physical BCard and encouraged to create a BCard Mobile ID. To obtain your BCards, follow these next steps:

1.) To get your physical BCard, visit the University the University Police offices or complete this form (NEW FORM STACK) and you will be contacted when your new BCard is ready for pickup at the University Police offices.
2.) BCard Mobile ID – go to the Setting Up Your BCard steps below to learn more.

Faculty and Staff employees BCard is active from the date of hire to the date of termination.

If you have not done so already, set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials and multi-factor authentication by visiting account.ben.edu.

BCard Example

  1. Download the ‘Transact’ eAccounts Mobile App from the App Store to your phone.
  2. Open the ‘Transact’ eAccounts App. Click through the startup screens and tap Get Started.
  3. Search for Benedictine University and click through to the BCard Mobile ID login screen.
  4. Enter your Benedictine University Network Credentials to authenticate your device. If you have not set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials, please see ‘Authentication Preparation’.
  5. Once you have successfully authenticated, the App is now referred to as the “BCard eAccounts” App.
  6. In the BCard eAccounts App, click the Add to Apple Wallet button to add your BCard Mobile ID to Apple Wallet. You can add your BCard Mobile ID to one iPhone and one Apple Watch.a) Click iPhone and continue through the prompts (Next, Agree to Terms & Conditions).b) When the process is complete, the App will send a notification to verify your BCard Mobile ID has been added to your Apple Wallet.c) Tap Done in the upper right corner to return to the Home screen of the App.d) You can now add your Apple Watch using the same process.

1. Repeat set-up steps 1-5 to login to the BCard eAccounts Mobile App.

2. Ensure your second device is signed into the same iCloud account as the first device.

3. From the Campus ID screen in BCard eAccounts App, tap the in the upper right corner of your BCard Mobile Credential display.

4. Tap Add or Remove Campus ID from Wallet.

5. Choose your second device to add your BCard Mobile ID.

6. On the Add Card to Wallet screen, tap Next in the upper right corner.

7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete adding your BCard Mobile ID.

Your iPhone or Apple Watch must be turned on, but it does not have to be connected to a network. For iPhones 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and later, Express Mode allows you to use your BCard without unlocking the device with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Just tap your device against the reader to recognize your BCard. On iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR Express Mode with power reserve is available for up to five hours after the device’s battery needs to be charged.

  • To display your BCard Mobile ID, open Apple Wallet and select your BCard Mobile ID from your saved cards.
  • Adding funds to your BCard is easy and can be done by using the BCard eAccounts App. Before adding funds for the first time, you will need to save a payment method by visiting the BCard eAccounts web portal at eAccounts.ben.edu.
    • Make a deposit via your desktop or mobile browser.
    • After completing the deposit, there will be an option to save your credit card information.
    • Once you have added the card information on the BCard eAccounts web portal, that card will be available in the BCard eAccounts App for future deposits. If you have already used BCard eAccounts App to access your BCard Mobile ID, you will need to sign out and back in to update the saved payment information.

Contact information for the BCard support is also available from the BCard Mobile ID menu in the Apple Wallet.

  1. Enable NFC on your phone in your Settings menu. NFC settings can be found in different areas of the Settings menu, depending on your device. A common location is Connected Devices>Connection Settings. (If not found there, use the Search option on the top right to double check.)
  2. Toggle the NFC setting to On.
  3. Open Google Pay and make sure it is enabled as the default payment application. If the App prompts you to add a credit card, you can bypass that screen and return to the Google Pay home screen.
  4. Download the “Transact’ eAccounts App from the Google Play Store to your phone.
  5. Open ‘Transact’ eAccounts App, click through the startup screens and tap Get Started.
  6. Search for Benedictine University and click through to the BCard Mobile ID login screen.
  7. Enter your Benedictine University Network Credentials to authenticate your device. If you have not set up your Benedictine University Network Credentials, please see ‘Authentication Preparation’.
  8. Once you have successfully authenticated, the App is now referred to as the “BCard eAccounts” App.
  9. Once you have successfully authenticated in BCard eAccounts App, click the Add to Google Pay button to add your BCard Mobile ID to Google Pay.
    a) Continue through the prompts (Next, Accept the Benedictine University Terms & Conditions).
    b) Next, Accept the Google Pay Terms of Service.
    c) The next screen will confirm that the BCard Mobile ID has been added to Google Pay.
  • You do not need to unlock your phone, but the screen must be awake to use your BCard. Tap the power button to wake the screen and tap your phone against the reader. Note, the antenna location may vary by device, although it is often in the middle of the phone. As a result, you may have to adjust the orientation of your phone against the reader to have your mobile credential recognized.
  • To display your BCard Mobile ID, open the BCard eAccounts App and select the View in Google Pay icon.
  • To add funds to your BCard in the BCard eAccounts App, first save a payment method at the BCard eAccounts web portal at eAccounts.ben.edu.
    • Make a deposit via your desktop or mobile browser.
    • After completing the deposit, there will be an option to save your credit card information.
    • Once you have added the card information on the BCard eAccounts web portal (bcard.ben.edu), that card will be available in the BCard eAccounts App for future deposits. If you have already used the BCard eAccounts App to access your BCard Mobile ID, you will need to sign out and back in to update the saved payment information.

Contact information for the BCard support is also available from the BCard Mobile ID menu in Google Pay.

BCard Mobile ID Requirements
iPhone iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later
iOS 12 or later
Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 1 or later
Watch OS 5 or later
Apple ID Signed into iCloud. If two devices are used, both must be signed into same iCloud account.
Android Phone Version 6.0 or later; NFC enabled device capable of supporting Google Pay or Samsung Pay.
BCard eAccounts Mobile App Loaded from Apple App Store or Google Play stores by searching “Transact eAccounts”

 

Managing Your BCard with eAccounts

Your BCard can be managed using a web browser or installing a mobile App. BCard utilizes a management platform called “Transact eAccounts”.

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BCard Support

Students, Faculty, and Staff can get support for their BCard by contacting the Help Desk at (630) 829-CARD (2273) or email at [email protected] during business hours, Monday through Friday.

BCard Web Portal and Mobile App Management

BCard utilizes a management platform called “Transact”. The BCard can be managed online by visiting the BCard eAccounts web portal or installing and using the BCard eAccounts mobile App.

BCard eAccounts Web Portal

Manage your BCard online anytime by visiting eAccounts.ben.edu. Sign in using your university network credentials.

BCard eAccounts Mobile App

If you haven’t done so already, from the App Store or Google Play Store, search for, download and install the ‘Transact eAccounts’ App to your mobile device.

eAccounts

Student Meal Plans  

You can check the balance of these accounts and transactions at any time through eAccounts*.

*To check on the number of Meal Plan swipes remaining, login to eAccounts and select Board Transactions. Then select a time frame. You will see the number of Meal Plan swipes used out of the total number you started with. Subtracting these two numbers will give you the remaining Meal Plan swipes you have left.

BCard Example

Mobile Credential

Mobile ID Card

  • The BCard is used for BBuck$, Dining Dollars, meal plans, and building access, with more capabilities to come!
  • Students, faculty, and staff can now add their BCard to the Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch and in Google Pay on Android phones.
  • You can use this mobile ID just like a physical card!
  • The BCard Mobile ID helps manage three important accounts: Student Meal Plans,  BBuck$ and Dining Dollars.
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BBuck$

What are BBuck$? BBuck$ are discretionary dollars that lets your BCard work like a debit card at any of the campus eateries. BBuck$ can be used to purchase coffee, beverages, snacks, additional meals, or groceries. Students, Faculty, and Staff can always add more BBuck$ online by visiting eAccounts.ben.edu or on the Lisle campus by visiting Benny’s located in the Krasa Student Center. BBuck$ also allow for purchase to be made tax exempt as well as offers a 10% campus discount (at participating locations).

Dining Dollars

What are Dining Dollars? Student meal plans provide a student with an elected number of Dining Dollars. Adding variety and flexibility to a meal plan, Dining Dollars can be used for purchases outside of Benny’s Dining, such as campus #Coffee, The Pub, or The Market at Kindlon Hall. Dining Dollars are made available on the first day of each quarter and unused dollars roll forward to the next quarter. Any Flex dollars remaining at the end of Spring Quarter will be forfeited. If a student uses all his/her Dining Dollars, they can add BBuck$ to their account.

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Where can I use my BCard Mobile ID?

Lisle Campus – Campus Building Door Access Control Locations
  • Ondrak Hall (Residents and Staff only)
  • Jaeger Hall (Residents and Staff only)
  • Krasa Student Center
  • Goodwin Hall of Business
  • Rice Center
  • Parking Garage (Staff only)
  • Campus Store (in person only, not valid at the online store)
  • Library
  • Campus Eateries
    • Benny’s Dining
    • STONZZA
    • The Pub @ Coal Ben
    • #COFFEE
    • The Marketplace @ Kindlon Hall

Mesa Campus is not supported at this time (Coming 2022)!

Where can I NOT use my BCard Mobile ID?
updated 8/10/2021

  • Campus Convenience Printers (coming soon)
  • Campus Vending

Students, Faculty, and Staff can get support for their BCard by contacting the Help Desk at (630) 829-CARD (2273) or email at [email protected] during business hours, Monday through Friday.