Pard Card Program

Information and Requirements


What is the Pard Card?

The most basic function of the Pard Card is its use as an identification card for all Lafayette College students, faculty and staff.  In addition, the Pard Card also functions as a stored value/prepaid card that can be used on campus and at participating area businesses similar to a bank-issued debit card.

Why become a Pard Card vendor?

Lafayette is proud to work with BbOne, a system that enables merchants near the Lafayette campus and within the Greater Lehigh Valley to accept Pard Card Dollars and extend this convenient purchasing option to the members of the Lafayette Community.

The Pard Card Program is a great way to boost traffic, build customer loyalty, and increase the patronage of Lafayette College students, faculty, and staff.  All Pard Card Vendors are listed on the College’s website to provide parents, students, faculty, and staff with convenient access to the directory of vendors that accept the Pard Card.  Additionally, Pard Card vendors receive stickers to display that help identify their establishment as one that accepts Pard Card Dollars.

How are Pard Card vendors paid?

Similar to the processing for credit and debit cards, a daily reimbursement is processed via ACH (Automated Clearing House) into the vendor’s account.  Additionally, a detailed monthly statement of account activity and sales, among other reports, is available via the online portal provided by BbOne.

What are the costs of becoming a Pard Card vendor?

Similar to the fees associated with accepting credit and debit cards, there is a monthly cost for hardware and services, as well as transaction fee and a per transaction cost.  Detailed information regarding the fees are available by contacting the College’s partner, BbOne, at 1-800-576-9279.

Are there items that are not allowed to be purchased with a Pard Card?

Pard Card holders may not use their Pard Card to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, money orders, gift cards, traveler’s checks, or any other form of tender or deposit.  Please note that the College monitors this aspect of this Program through the use of feedback from Pard Card holders and a secret shopper quality control initiative.  Pard Card Vendors that do not comply with this requirement are removed from the Program.

What are the requirements to become and remain a Pard Card vendor?

The following items are required for all Pard Card Vendors:

  • If the vendor offers prepared foods, they must provide a current Bureau of Health, Food Facility License issued by the City of Easton (or comparable license from the vendor’s municipality) annually.
  • If the vendor offers prepared foods, the must provide annual proof of general liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 or more naming Lafayette College as an additional insured.
  • Pard Card Vendors cannot offer a private meal plan option to members of the Lafayette College community.
  • Pard Card Vendors must agree to prohibit the use of Pard Card Dollars to purchase the restricted items noted above.

How to become a Pard Card vendor?

If you are interested in becoming a part of Lafayette College’s Pard Card Program, please call BbOne’s Merchant Support Hotline for more information at 1-800-576-9279 or complete the Vendor Application.