Information for Parents

About the AppCard

The AppCard, Appalachian State University's photo ID card, is issued to all students and serves as campus identification. The AppCard Office is responsible for issuing all AppCards.

Getting an AppCard

  • Students receive their first AppCard at Orientation.
  • The general fees paid by students include the fee for the first AppCard.
  • There is a nominal fee for replacement cards

These cards are electronically encoded to provide access to campus events and facilities. The AppCard also provides access to Meal Plans and Campus Cash.

AppCard Features

The AppCard provides access to:

  • Meal Plans
  • Campus Cash
  • Library checkouts
  • Residence Halls
  • Recreation facilities
  • Intercollegiate events
  • Many other services offered by Appalachian

Meal Plans vs. Campus Cash

 Meal PlanCampus Cash
Required for on-campus residential students YesNo
Purchase food itemsYesYes
Pay parking feesNoYes
Pay for printingNoYes
Make purchases at the University BookstoreNoYes
Add funds at any timeYesYes

For information about refunds, please visit the Refund Procedures page.

AppCard Online Parental Access

Your student can give you guest access to their AppCard Online account. This is separate from the Parent Portal.

Students can "Grant Additional Access" from the right hand Personalize menu after accessing AppCard Online. They can use this page to let friends and family have access to their account. Guests will get their own password and access so they can view their student's activity and make deposits without assistance. Students may select specific areas of access for guests. They will need email addresses for each guest and a maximum of 10 guests may be granted access. Guest(s) will receive an email with a unique password to be used for login.

Please visit the AppCard Online page for complete details.

Already have a Guest Account? Make a Deposit Now.