In the weeks since the summer semester began, you may have received a new debit card in the mail. You may have thought nothing of it, you may have just put it in a drawer, and have since forgotten all about it. What you might not have known was that this new debit card, the Javelina Card, is the future of financial aid at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.
Starting May 29, all student funds (grants, loans, scholarships, and work study pay) will be deposited into personal Higher One Javelina Card accounts.
“All of the previous direct deposit methods have been removed. Everything will be processed in [their Javelina Card accounts],” said Mari Ybanez, Business Technical Coordinator for AMK’s Business Services.
Students may choose to instead have their refunds disbursed into a personal bank account, or sent to their home address in the form of a paper check. However, they must go online to JavelinaCard.com, and activate their card before they can choose a refund preference.
Furthermore, according to the AMK official website, if a student does not choose a refund preference, they will receive a paper check 21 days after the refund is distributed.
The Javelina Card, while touted as a quicker way to access student funds, has certain fees associated with its use. A $0.50 fee is leveed for debit transactions, $25 are charged for transferring all refunds to another bank account, there’s a $2.50 toll for using the card in a non-Higher One ATM, and a $10 fee for having an inactive Higher One account. A full list of such expenses can be seen here: https://javelinacard.higheroneaccount.com/studentaccount/feeschedules.do
“We’ll be getting Higher One ATMs before we implement the program,” said Ybanez.
For more information on your Higher One Javelina Card, click here: http://www.tamuk.edu/businessoffice/Cashiers/Javelina%20Card%20Refunds.html
Update: AMK officials have decided against partnering with Higher One after carefully considering student input. For more information, click here: