UCCS enables contactless payment, building access through Mobile ID program

UCCS students, faculty, and staff can officially add their Lion OneCard to their smartphones and watches as the Office of Information Technology launches its mobile credentialing program, enabling contactless payment and more.

Students walking down a path
Students walk down the path from Kraemer Family Library to the Residence Halls.

When adding a mobile Lion OneCard to Apple Wallet or Google Pay, faculty staff and students can use their iPhones, Apple Watches or Android phones to access campus buildings, such as the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center, purchase meals and more.

The program, which starts May 21, will deactivate physical IDs once the mobile ID is activated. The move is expected to increase security and decrease lost physical IDs.

This new technology can be used at all dining locations for Meal Plans, Clyde’s Cash and Flex Dollars. The Ent Lion One Debit Card may also be added to Apple Wallet or Google Pay as another form of payment.

Although the program won’t launch with the capability to check out rentals from the Kraemer Family Library or enter Mountain Lion Connect events, that functionality is planned for fall of 2021 through the UCCS ModoLabs app.

The mobile Lion OneCard works just like any standard mobile payment. Users can place their Lion OneCard-enabled device near a reader to complete a transaction or open a building.

“As more students begin to return to campus, there is a growing need for contactless options to support our new normal,” said Harper Johnson, associate vice chancellor of Information Technology. “Mobile Credentialing will improve the student experience by providing mobile ID access to the Lion OneCard and encourage a ‘Contactless Campus’.”

UCCS partners, including Apple and Google, will not collect data on where IDs are used, or payments made with the ID.

To set up your mobile school ID, download the Transact eAccounts app, authenticate with your UCCS credentials, and then add your Lion OneCard to Apple Wallet or Google Pay.  

More information is available on the Lion OneCard site.