Bear Express

Bear Express provides you with flexible purchasing power in a variety of ways. To learn more about how Bear Express  works, check out these frequently asked questions & answers:

What is a Bear Express account?
Your Bear Express account is a declining campus debit account. Students can use their SUNYCard as they would a debit card.

How much money is on the account?
In the fall and spring semesters, you select the amount you want on your Bear Express. If you do not select an amount, a $500 balance may be assigned to your account. Since it is subject to NYS sales tax, any unused balances will rollover from fall to spring semester. Rollover from the fall semester is also available during winterim.  Bear Express balances of $20 or over will be credited to your student account.

What if I still have unused money on the account after the academic year is over?
If your student account does not have any outstanding balances, a refund will result at the end of the academic year.

How do I add to my Bear Express Account?
Money may be added to your account through the SUNYCard Office in Merritt Hall or at any Dining Service location. You can add to your account via cash or check at Dining Service locations; the SUNY Card office also accepts credit cards. When you sign up for the account, if you do so before September 14 or February 15, it will appear on your college bill.


Where can I use Bear Express on campus?
You can use your Bear Express all over campus. It's accepted at all dining locations, the College Store, Union Market,  copiers, vending machines, SGA/CPS Box Office, Student Health Services and College Libraries.

Can I use Bear Express at any business off-campus?
Yes! There are several local merchants who accept Bear Express, look for the Bear Express Accepted Here signs in local businesses or refer to "Participating Off-Campus Merchants" for a comprehensive list of these businesses.

Do I have to have a Bear Express account?
No- the account is optional and may be canceled or the amount changed on-line via BearPAWS.

Do I have to sign up for Bear Express every semester?
When you open an account, it is valid for the whole academic year. The amount you signed up for in the fall will be assigned to you in the spring semester. You can change the amount between semesters through Bear Paws.  (if you chose to apply $700 in the fall and do not select a different amount, $700 will be put on the account in Spring as well).

How do I check my balance or make changes to my Bear Express account?
You may check your balance and make changes to Bear Express on BearPAWS.