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9 Ways to Take Advantage of Your MyJacks Card On and Off Campus

Your MyJacks Card (or student ID) is something you’ll want to keep with you at all times at South Dakota State University (SDState). It’s not simply a card with your photo and ID number on it. From printing your homework assignments at Briggs Library to paying for your late-night ice cream treat from Dairy Queen, the MyJacks Card multitasks for your convenience.

Here are nine ways you can take advantage of its perks—on and off campus.

Hobo Dough

Hobo Dough—prepaid stored-value funds on the MyJacks Card—can be used on and off campus. Jackrabbits are encouraged to put money on their MyJacks Card to pay for printing, doing laundry in the residence halls, purchasing items at off-campus locations and much more. Students can deposit Hobo Dough at load stations, the Card Services Office or online.

(NOTE: Hobo Dough funds transfer semester to semester, and the unspent funds in excess of $5 are returned when the cardholder leaves SDState.)

Door Access

The MyJacks Card is your key to your residence hall, academic buildings and labs. Individual settings are tied to your ID number, depending on the building in which you live or an academic program hosted in a particular building to which you need access. So make sure to keep your card with you at all times.


Buying food on campus can be accomplished without using a credit or debit card. You can either use your Hobo Dough or purchase a meal plan with Flex Dollars that will be added as a separate fund on your MyJacks Card. More information about your meal plan and purchasing Flex Dollars can be found through SDState Dining Services.

Library Services

Need to check out a laptop or print that last-minute assignment? At Briggs Library, you can use your MyJacks Card to check out a laptop, study room or materials at the circulation desk. For printing, use Hobo Dough on your MyJacks Card at one of the printing stations conveniently located on all floors of the library. 


SDState hosts several speakers, activities, plays and athletic events throughout the year. To take advantage of these perks, use your MyJacks Card for free sporting-event access and reduced admission to SDState productions and concerts.

Wellness Center Access

At the SDState Wellness Center, you can work out with a membership included within your general fees. Don’t forget your MyJacks Card, which grants you access to the gym, basketball courts and pool.


There may be a time when you forget to bring your debit or credit card along with you around campus. You are hungry, and the vending machine is calling your name. No worries—because the MyJacks Card can be used to purchase snacks at several locations on campus at any time of the day.

Lost/Stolen Cards

If you lose your MyJacks Card, don’t worry. There’s a simple way to deactivate and reactivate your card through your online account. A new card can be issued at the Card Services Office for a fee.

Mobile App

Track your funds, deactivate and upload money to your MyJacks Card right from your smartphone. Download the free MyJacks Card App.