Information for Parents


Information for Parents

The OneCard ID is the official identification card of Northern Illinois University. It is the key to accessing all student functions on campus (e.g., Huskie Bucks, Meal Plans, Campus Recreation, Door Access, Library Services). The OneCard may also be linked to a TCF checking account and can then be used as a debit card for purchases from that account.
For a complete list of OneCard ID uses, see HERE.

The first OneCard ID given to your student is free of charge. For verification purposes, your student will need to provide his/her NIU Z-ID/Account Number and permanent address. For further information on obtaining a OneCard, see Getting My OneCard.

If your student is experiencing issues with his/her OneCard ID, please direct your student to our Troubleshooting Tips for help.
For reference, to replace a Damaged OneCard ID, there is a $5.00 fee.
To replace a Lost OneCard ID, there is a $25.00 fee.


Huskie Bucks

Huskie Bucks is a pre-paid debit account your student can open with NIU that is accessed with your student's OneCard ID. Huskie Bucks are meant to be a convenient way of making purchases on campus and in the surrounding community. Take advantage of this great program with a variety of services.
Here are the most popular services:

    • Food Purchases: there are many dining establishments to choose from
    • Printing and Copying using NIU computer labs
    • Huskie Bucks are the only way to do Laundry in the Residence Halls
    • There are many more locations your student can use Huskie Bucks. Check them all out HERE

Depositing Huskie Bucks:

All Huskie Bucks and Meal Plan transactions may be viewed by logging onto Blackboard and selecting the MyOneCard tab. You will need your student’s login and password information to access this. Click here for more details.