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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, Samsung Galaxy and other eligible Android phones at readers across campus to conveniently access your university credentials.

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

Set-up Instructions and System Requirements

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 Campus Safety. Students can get their Official ID photo by visiting the Campus Safety 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 Safety 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.

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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.

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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.

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

What are BBuck$? What are BBuck$? 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 purchases at campus eateries to be tax exempt.

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
    • The Pub @ Coal Ben
    • #COFFEE

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

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.