Campus Credentials and Transportation

Mastodon Cards & Security Badges

Don Dollars:

      Don Dollars is an account you can add money to and use your Mastodon Card to make purchases. Click here to see where your Mastodon Card is currently accepted.

Open a Don Dollars account:

Login to myIPFW, go to your "Home" tab, choose "Don Dollars account: First Time Users", and follow instructions. You will need to accept and sign an Account Disclosure statement to open and activate your account.  We will open your account within 24 hours from the time we receive your consent to the terms and conditions.  Once your account has been opened you, or a family member, can add money to your Don Dollars.

Add money to your Mastodon Card:

Credit Card:

To add money click here.

  • Students, Faculty and Staff - click "Sign In" and use your IPFW username and password
  • Parents/Guardians - click "Make a guest deposit"

(Please note:  There is a $1.00 transaction fee for each time your make a deposit using a credit card.)


You can deposit cash to your account at any of the 3 Mastodon Card stations located on Campus:

Kettler Hall: outside the Bursar's office.

Walb Union: accross from the East entrance close to the bookstore.

Helmke Library: First floor by the elevators. 



For food locations at IPFW please click here.

Gates Center:

Fitness: Fitness Center privileges are included with student fees. Gates Center access is updated electronically with class registration each semester. Gates Center privileges are updated manually at the time of purchase for spouses, dependents, and students who opt for a semester without classes.

Student Recreation Center: Your Mastodon Card is required to use the billiards and table tennis equipment on the second floor of Walb Student Union.

Intramural Sports: Your Mastodon Card is used to verify student status for participation in Intramural Sports. Swipe your card before entering the gym to play each game.

Door Access:

You will be able to use your Mastodon Card to access rooms and buildings that have been equipped with electronic access control.

To submit a request for door access, click here.

Library Card:

On your first visit, Helmke Library circulation desk staff will activate your borrowing privileges by linking the bar coded Mastodon Card to a personal data file.


You can use your Mastodon Card to make copies at any of the copy machines on campus.

(Note:  If you are a guest or a visitor and wish to use a copier, you can purchase a guest card for $1.00 (exact change only!), and make a deposit at the Mastodon Card station to make copies on campus.

Academic Uses:

In the classroom:  Your Mastodon Card will be required by some professors to take exams and obtain grade results.

Bursar:  Swipe your Mastodon Card at the Bursar windows, and the cashier can access your student bill and other information.

Registrar: Forgot your new 9-digit student identification number needed for transcripts; drop/add requests, etc.? Swipe your Mastodon Card at the Office of the Registrar and that number is revealed. Your Mastodon Card is also accepted as proof of identification for necessary transactions.

Financial Aid:  Feel uneasy about revealing your personal identification out loud? Swipe your Mastodon Card at the Financial Aid office and have all of your information appear on the monitor at the counter. Your personal information is never heard by another person in line. Your Mastodon Card is also accepted as proof of identification for necessary transactions.

Tutoring and Advising Centers:  Swipe your Mastodon Card at various Tutoring and Advising Centers around campus. This will instantly bring up your student records and track your appointments.

ITS Help Desk & Computer Labs:  Consultants must see your Mastodon Card at the Computer lab to answer questions about computer lab use, setup usernames, etc.