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:

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

helps make it easier for Penn State students to keep track of their money.  Virtual Wallet Student® provides interactive tools that help take the guessing game out of managing money — like easy ways to check balances online or through Text Message Banking and Alerts you can set up to flag you or your parents when an account balance is low.  Plus, with ATMs and branches conveniently located on or near Penn State campuses, we’re here when you need us. 

You even have the option to link your PNC account to your id+ card1 so you can use it to get cash with no fee at any PNC ATM.  There's no charge to link and it's easy to do online. That’s one powerful card!  For more information, visit a PNC Bank near you or

For more detailed information on all the features of Virtual Wallet Student and banking at PNC, or to open an account, visit, stop by any PNC Bank branch, 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.