The CUNY Scholar Card

Your Campus. Your Funds. Your Way.

A fast and convenient way to get your Financial Aid or Refund.


You are not obligated to receive your funds on the CUNY Scholar Card. Log into CUNYfirst Self-Service to sign up for Direct Deposit, or take no action and receive a paper check.

Meet the CUNY Scholar Card

It’s not a credit card, so you can only spend what is available on your card. Use it wherever Debit MasterCard is accepted – online, over the phone, at grocery stores, at gas stations, retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, on campus, etc. You may even purchase textbooks.

Features include:

  • Funds delivered within one day (same day when school disburses the funds)
  • Download the free* Money Network® Mobile App to keep track of your Account anytime, anywhere. You can view your balance, set Account alerts, and find the nearest Allpoint Network ATM.
  • Free* Account with no minimum or monthly fees.
  • The account can be reloaded by the school, friends, family — even your employer**.
  • Get free* withdrawals at any Allpoint® Network ATM, including Citibank ATMs located on-campus.
  • Can be used everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.
  • Account includes checks that can be cashed for free* at various locations.
  • Funds are FDIC insured.

Benefits include:

  • Delivers fast and secure access to your financial aid refunds or Work Study payments.
  • No overdraft, minimum balance or monthly fees.
  • This is not a credit card therefore you can only spend what you load onto your card.

Managing Your Account:

After receiving your card, you may access your Scholar Card account by visiting Manage Your Card. This is a great way to manage your account and alerts.


Money Network has announced a new Loyalty and Rewards Program! Through this program, Cardholders can earn cash back on everyday purchases made with their Money Network® Account. The program has over 16,000 participating national, regional, local and online retailers across a wide breadth of categories, with new retailers being constantly added. There is no fee to participate in this program.

HOW IT WORKS (see Money Network Loyalty Rewards Program):

  • Cardholders must register to participate in the Cash Back program on the Money Network website.
  • Cardholders use their Scholar Card to make purchases at participating retailers where MasterCard is accepted.
  • Once the cardholders cash back amount reaches the minimum threshold of $25, the amount will be automatically transferred into the cardholder’s Money Network Account.

If you’d like to try out the program, just complete the following steps to register:

  1. Log into your Account at Manage Your Account.  Go to  My Account > My Preferences
  2. Check the box under Opt-In that says “Sign me up so I can get offers and cash back rewards”
  3. Click Save. Your enrollment in the Loyalty Program will be processed in 3 days

After 3 days, when you log into Manage Your Account again, you will be able to view the list of participating retailers and begin earning rewards. Under Services, click on “Rewards and Offers” and that will redirect you to continue to the Loyalty site.

Click here to find the nearest surcharge-free ATM in your area.
*While this feature is available for free, certain other transaction fees and costs, terms and conditions are associated with the use of this card. See the cardholder agreement for more details.
**You must upgrade to reload your Account. Upgrade at no charge. Requires a one-time verification of your identity.
Standard message and data rates may apply.
This optional offer is not a MetaBank® product or service nor does MetaBank endorse this offer.