General Student Account Information


You may incur charges related to CatCard services, College Store purchases, fines, vehicle registration, and transcripts.


Books and other supplies are available at the Davidson College Store. 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.


Your CatCard is an all-purpose identification card that can be utilized throughout campus. A magnetic stripe 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.

You may deposit money into your CatCard's declining balance account and make purchases without using cash at all Davidson College dining and retail locations and in some vending areas. It may be used at the Union for purchases ranging from concert tickets to video rentals. The CatCard is also accepted at several businesses in town. 

You may make a deposit in person at our CatCard Services office in the lower level of Belk Residence Hall during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online using a credit card (subject to a 2.75 percent processing fee), or through Automated Clearing House (no service charge, although there could be a delay for approval).

A fee of $10 is taken from the first deposit of each school year.

Federal and state banking regulations govern card transactions, so you may withdraw funds from the declining balance account for only two reasons:

  • Graduation or withdrawal from Davidson College
  • 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.

Installment Payments

Fees are payable in two installments: August 1 and December 1. You may opt to pay on a monthly basis and can do so through Heartland Campus Solutions ECSI, our approved payment plan company. There is a $40 application fee to enroll and all payments are interest-free if payments are made on time.

Miscellaneous Fees

You may be charged for late registration, late drop/add, library fines, damaged property, parking fines, and lost post office keys. A penalty of $20 will be charged on all returned checks.


All currently enrolled students are required to purchase student health insurance or provide an online waiver verifying adequate coverage by August 1.

The college offers tuition-refund insurance through AWG Dewar, Inc. A charge for the tuition-refund insurance will be included on the fall tuition invoices. Students who wish to decline coverage must complete a waiver. Detailed information may be obtained by calling 617-774-1555 or online through AWG Dewar, Inc.

Vehicle Registration

A fee of $50 will be charged to register each vehicle kept on campus.


Transcripts may be requested though the Registrar's Office. There is no charge for transcripts sent through ordinary mail or scanned and sent as an attachment to an enrolled student and his or her current Davidson email address.  Fees may be incurred for transcripts sent via other methods. 

Fire or Theft

We assume no responsibility for damages or loss of personal property due to fire, theft, or other casualties. Your personal or family insurance will normally provide limited coverage for such a loss.