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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

How much do I need on my Bear Express?

When trying to decide how much money to put on your Bear Express account, consider your student status:

Are you a commuter that visits campus 2-3 times a week and have not opted for a commuter meal plan but want the convenience of grabbing a quick bite to eat, a cup of coffee, notebooks or pens while on campus?

Or maybe are you a campus resident with a comprehensive meal plan but may need extra funds for vending machines, a trip downtown, or tickets to a student activity?

The chart below shows an average amount of Bear Express that students have used per semester in the past, however these totals can vary based on individual needs.


Usage Typical Student
The College Store (textbooks)
(based on expensive course materials- costs vary by subject visit for more information)
Vending Machines $150
The Union Market (campus convenience store) $50
Downtown Merchants $100
Other (tickets, health prescriptions) $50