Books and other supplies are available at the Davidson College Bookstore. Purchases may be made with cash, VISA, MasterCard or American Express or through the CatCard Services Office declining balance charge system. The cost of books varies with the course of study and ranges from $900 – $1,000 per year.
The ‘CatCard’ is an all-purpose identification card that can be utilized throughout campus. A magnetic stripe on the CatCard provides access to the residence halls, the Library, Baker Sports Complex (recreation and spectator uses), and several academic buildings. The CatCard also holds meal plan information and declining balance funds.
Students and parents may deposit money at the CatCard Services Office (or online with a credit card via the CatCard Service webpage) into a declining balance account that allows students to make purchases without using cash at all on-campus dining and retail locations and in some vending areas. It may be used at the College Union for purchases ranging from concert tickets to video rentals. The CatCard is also accepted for delivery purchases from a limited number of local restaurants.
An upcharge fee of $10 is taken from the first deposit of each school year. Because federal and state banking regulations govern card transactions, students or parents may withdraw funds from the declining balance account for only two reasons:
1. Graduation or withdrawal of student from Davidson College.
2. For year end refunds (requested during the last 15 days of the academic year).
Lost or damaged cards are replaced for a fee at the CatCard Services Office in the lower level of Belk Residence Hall during regular business hours Monday–Friday.
Students pay fees for late registration, late drop/add, library fines, damaged property, parking fines, lost post office keys, etc., when incurred. A penalty of $20 will be charged on all returned checks.
A fee of $50.00 will be charged to register each vehicle kept on campus.
There is a fee of $3 for each transcript. An additional fee will be assessed if special (express) mailing costs are necessitated by last-minute requests.
Fire or theft
The college assumes no responsibility for damages or loss of personal property due to fire, theft, or other casualties. The student’s personal or family property and casualty insurance will normally provide limited coverage for such a loss.