COVID 19 Update:

We know that many of you have left campus and have some questions/concerns about your Crimson Cash Account. If you are returning to Harvard this fall your current Crimson Cash balance will be available for your use. For those not returning to campus your available funds will be there upon your return. Refunds are permitted upon graduation, withdrawal, or employment termination from the University. We realize that these are uncertain times and extenuating circumstances may exist that require a different action. Please call 617-496-6600 to discuss.

Welcome to Crimson Cash

Crimson Cash is a declining balance convenience account accessed through your Harvard ID card. Anyone may Add Value to your account but only you, with your Harvard ID, can make purchases.

Crimson Cash is the safest, fastest, easiest way to buy the things you need including at select Off-Campus merchants, on campus retail and dining locations, vending machines, laundry, copying and printing (see website for list). Using this website, you can quickly Add Value online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have a Harvard ID, then you already have a Crimson Cash account! No sign-up form is required. Your account is already open and ready for you to add value in one of these ways:

  1. (Credit Card)

  2. (Bank Account)


New ID Cardholders

You can Add Value to your Crimson Cash account after you receive your permanent photo ID card, but unfortunately, not beforehand since you need the 16-digit CC number which is found only on the BACK of your ID card. For security reasons, this number cannot be obtained thru any other means.

Orientation 2020 - We're planning a series of virtual Orientation sessions via Zoom at the end of August to introduce Crimson Cash to incoming freshmen and parents. Stay tuned to this home page for more information.

Crimson Cash Advantage

  • No membership fees, service charges, or minimum balances
  • Quicker than cash
  • Like having exact change all of the time
  • Easy to add and access value in minutes
  • Anyone may add value, but only you can make purchases
  • Balance displayed with each transaction
  • Balance carries forward as long as you have a valid Harvard ID
  • If you accidentally lose your ID, your money is secure and immediately available when you receive a replacement card


Website Features

The Crimson Cash website is designed for you to conveniently Add Value and Manage your Crimson Cash Account. We hope the following features will make this website easy and convenient for you to use.

  • All website features are mobile friendly
  • No need to re-enter payment information each time you reload your Crimson Cash balance
  • Create payment profiles when you log-in with your Harvard Key
  • Create multiple payment profiles from multiple funding sources
  • Select the payment profile you would like to use to reload...and you're done!
  • Proceed as Guest if you do not have Harvard Key or do not wish to create a payment profile
  • Click on the "Add Value Now" button on the left menu to start
  • If you want to get back to the homepage quickly, no matter where you are on the website click on the Crimson Cash banner at the top of the page


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