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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 an optional spending account.
How much money is on the account?
You chose the amount you want to place on the card every semester. If you do not select an amount, the system places $500 on your account every semester and includes that in your student bill. This is very helpful if you are waiting for a financial aid package. If you want less, or more, enter that amount in the system through BearPaws. Since it is subject to NYS sales tax, any unused balances will rollover from fall to spring semester.
Where can I use Bear Express on campus?
You can use your Bear Express all over campus. It's accepted at The College Store, Union Market, copiers, vending machines, SGA/CPS Box Office, Student Health Services, College Libraries and all PACES dining locations.
Can I use Bear Express 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. Changes to the account must be made by Thursday of the first week of classes.
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 BearPAWS. (if you chose to apply $300 in the fall and do not select a different amount, $300 will be put on the account in Spring as well).
What if I still have unused money on the account after the academic year is over?
Bear Express balances of $20 or over will be credited to your student account. 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?
You can add funds to your account with a credit card through BearPAWS. You can also add money at the cash registers in any PACES Dining Service location, or at the PACES/SUNYCard office in Merritt Hall.
How do I check my balance or make changes to my Bear Express account?
You may check your balance, your transaction history and sign up for low balance alerts through text and messaging on sunycard.potsdam.edu. Changes to Bear Express amounts must be made by Thursday of the first week of classes on BearPAWS.