The Hilltopper Card is the official St. Edward's University identification card. The Hilltopper Card offers a convenient and secure way to make purchases and utilize campus services and resources.
Hilltopper Cards are provisioned at the Hilltopper Card Office free of charge during regular business hours. To get a new card students and employees should bring a current government-issued photo ID. Acceptable forms of identification include a state-issued ID, driver's license, passport or military ID. There is a $15 dollar charge for lost, stolen or damaged cards.
Once the Hilltopper Card is provisioned, students, staff and faculty can make deposits to Topper Tender. Topper Tender is a pre-paid declining debit account that is activated once you deposit funds and may be used as long as you are a registered student or active employee of the university.
Students and employees can deposit funds by logging into their account and using a credit/debit card or by going in person to the Hilltopper Card Office and using cash, credit/debit card, or check.
Employees and students that pay with Topper Tender receive a 5% discount at all *on campus dining venues. Topper Tender can be used at the following locations both on and off campus:
- Cabo Bob's Burritos at 530 E. Ben White
- Chili's at 701 E. Stassney Lane
- Con Madre Kitchen at 628 E. Oltorf
- CVS Pharmacy at 2101 S. Lamar Blvd.
- *Jo's locations: Meadows Coffeehouse, Doyle Cafe
- Plaza Columbian Coffee at 3842 S. Congress Ave.
- Southside Flying Pizza at 2206 S. Congress
- Vending Machines
- South Congress Market in Ragsdale*
- The Huddle in Le Mans Hall*
- Hunt Hall Café including Coffee Bar/Bakery*
- Outtakes in Hunt Hall*
- The Grab and Goat in St. Andre*
- Meadows Coffeehouse (Jo's Coffee) in Ragsdale*
- Doyle Cafe (Jo's Coffee) in Premont*
All full-time students in the undergraduate college must purchase a meal plan. Those who commute to campus or who live in the on-campus apartments are required to purchase an "E" meal plan each term for a nominal fee of $180. However, these students also have the option to purchase any of the residence hall meal plans if desired. All students that live in University dormitories are required to purchase an "A", "B", C", or "D" meal plan. Freshmen are limited to A & B plans. Each plan includes a Topper Tender component that can be used at certain off-campus merchants or in the campus bookstore. Meal Plan charges can be financed through the university's monthly payment plan program. Please visit the Meal Plan page for details on meal plan options.
All changes to Meal Plans must be made in person in the Hilltopper Card Office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No requests for changes in meal plans may be made after the 12th day of classes each semester. Meal Plan can be used at the following on-campus locations:
- South Congress Market in Ragsdale
- The Huddle in Le Mans Hall
- Hunt Hall Café including Coffee Bar/Bakery
- Outtakes in Hunt Hall
- The Grab and Goat in St. Andre
- Meadows Coffeehouse in Ragsdale
- Doyle Cafe in Premont
Please note that all students must purchase a meal plan each semester regardless of any balance he/she has rolled-over from the fall to the spring semester. As of June 30 every year, student meal plan account balances will be reduced to $0.00. Any meal plan dollars remaining will be forfeited.
If you need a meal plan accommodation based on a disability or if you have long-term special diet restrictions visit Housing and Meal Plan Accommodations.
Hilltopper Card Mobile Credential
The Hilltopper Card Mobile Credential is available to all enrolled St. Edward’s University students, and current faculty and staff. The convenience of your Hilltopper Card is now available on your iPhone and/or Apple Watch and Android phones. It provides access to university buildings, and payment at participating campus venues; Bon Appetit dining facilities, Jo’s Coffee, our off-campus partners, and vending machines on campus. Your Hilltopper Card Mobile Credential can be used to access and pay wherever your physical Hilltopper Card is accepted.
Get Started by checking out the Mobile Credential How-tos.
Questions? See our in-depth Mobile Credential Q&As.
Frequently Asked Questions: Meal Plan and Topper Tender
Can I transfer money from the meal plan to Topper Tender?
You are not able to transfer meal plan dollars to Topper Tender. You are able to add to Topper Tender at any time.
Can I change my meal plan?
Yes. All changes must be made in person in the Hilltopper Card Office or by email to email@example.com. No requests for changes in meal plans may be made after the 12th day of classes each semester.
Is there a charge to get a Hilltopper Card?
No. Your first card is free. Replacements are $15. The fee is waived for the replacement of a malfunctioning or damaged card (normal wear and tear). Deliberately damaged cards that have been hole punched, cracked or broken will be assessed the fee. All card replacements are issued in the Card Office during regular business hours.
Does Topper Tender expire?
Topper does not expire and balances roll over from semester to semester.
Can I get a refund?
Refunds may be requested upon withdrawal, transfer, or graduation from the university, or termination of employment. No refunds are available on balances of less than $10.
May I get an exemption from the meal plan for religious reasons?
Dining service staff welcomes opportunities to assist students in finding ways to meet their nutritional and dietary needs. However, if the dining staff is unable to support the necessary diet, the student may request an exemption from the meal plan by submitting the Meal Plan Waiver. The Meal Plan Waiver request must be accompanied by a letter from a recognized Religious authority. For more information visit Housing and Meal Plan Accommodations.
May I get an exemption or reduction of the meal plan based on a disability?
For more information visit Housing Accommodations.
What can I do online?
Students and employees can log into their Topper Tender Account to perform the following actions:
- Deposit to your Topper Tender account
- Check your balance on Topper Tender and South Congress Dollars
- Review your transaction history
- Freeze your card if lost or stolen
- Unfreeze your card if found