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ShastaBUCKS Information

Information for Students

What is ShastaBUCKS?

ShastaBUCKS is the new name for our current flexible spending account.

ShastaBUCKS is the easy-to-use, cashless form of payment accessible through your Cougar Card. ShastaBUCKS is a convenient option for any cardholder to preload funds to make purchases at any participating on-campus merchant.

Activating your ShastaBUCKS account with a deposit gives you buying power across the entire UH campus as well as our UH Sugar Land UH Katy location.    

ShastaBUCKS can be used at all residential and retail food locations, UH Barnes and Noble Bookstore, printing labs, and beverage & snack vending machines. Once predetermined print allocations in your printing account are depleted, adding funds to your ShastaBUCKS account will ensure on-going printing privileges. ShastaBUCKS funds are available from deposits you make either online or at the Cougar Card Office. Remember ShastaBUCKS does roll over from semester to semester, and any balance remaining in the ShastaBUCKS account after one year of inactivity will be forfeit.

You may close your ShastaBUCKS account at any time. There is a $5 processing fee for closing an account with a balance of $5 or more; balances less than $5 are nonrefundable. Cash withdrawals are not permitted. All refunds from closed ShastaBUCKS accounts will be credited against any debts owed by cardholder to the University of Houston.    

How Does It Work?
  • Add ShastaBUCKS
  • Spend your ShastaBUCKS. Use your Cougar Card to access your bucks wherever they are accepted.

Information for Parents

With ShastaBUCKS, your student has access to all of the necessities of campus life without the need to carry cash, checks or credit cards. Since ShastaBUCKS is a debit card your student can never spend more than is deposited in the account. No more worries about bounced checks or credit card bills and interest payments.

There are no monthly service fees or minimum balance requirements and any unspent funds will continuously rollover until separation or departure from the University. You may close your ShastaBUCKS account at any time. There is a $5 processing fee for closing an account with a balance of $5 or more; balances less than $5 are nonrefundable. Cash withdrawals are not permitted. All refunds from closed ShastaBUCKS accounts will be credited against any debts owed by cardholder to the University of Houston.

ShastaBUCKS is a safe and convenient way to spend money. Your student can add funds at any time. Students can spend their ShastaBUCKS at any participating merchant.