Virtual Wallet® Student gives you the resources you need to help you keep track of your money.
PNC Student Banking makes managing your money while you're at school one less thing to worry about.
Students may choose to link their i-card to a PNC Bank checking account
When you need money fast, go to PNC - we're right on the University of Illinois campus.
Need some in-person assistance?
We have branches nearby.
Just think of it. The lectures. The tradition. The intellectual atmosphere. Oh and the, um…social life. To get the most out of all that excitement, you'll want to make the most of your money. Virtual Wallet Student helps manage life on campus, and your budget, with features that let you bank the way you want to.
When you need money fast, go to PNC. Our nearest branches and ATMs are listed below. You can also use our ATM and Branch Locator to find us no matter where you are, and sometimes banking online or going mobile can be what the situation calls for.
Student Center East; 750 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607
Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
3019 Chatham Road Springfield, IL 62704
Illini Union Bookstore; 809 S. Wright St. Champaign, IL 61820
Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm
505 E. Green Street Champaign, IL 61820
Link your i‑card to your PNC Bank account, and you can use it to get cash at any PNC Bank ATM and at millions of ATMs around the world. Linking is free, and you get the convenience of carrying one card around campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to use my i‑card as an ATM card—where do I start?
It's easy—all you need to do is:
How do I link my i‑card to my PNC account?
You have three options for linking your card. No matter which you choose, it should only take a few minutes to "get linked."
Do it whenever it’s most convenient for you. Just sign in to your PNC Online Banking account, go to the Customer Service tab and click "Link Campus ID Card" under the Account Services section. On the next page, select your school and follow the easy instructions through the rest of the process, including selecting a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) for your card.
You need a PIN to use your i‑card at ATMs and retail locations that accept STAR.
At a PNC Bank Branch
Stop by a nearby branch and speak with one of our representatives. And remember to select a PIN for your card in order to use it at ATMs and retail locations that accept STAR.
Call 877-PNC-1000 and ask the representative to link your card over the phone. And don't forget to select a PIN for your card in order to use it at ATMs and retail locations that accept STAR.
Why do I need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for my i card?
Your unique PIN enables your i‑card to function at ATMs and retail locations that accept STAR for any PIN-based transaction.
This PIN is separate from the one you selected for your PNC Bank Visa® Debit Card. You can choose the same PIN for both or make them different— whichever makes you more comfortable.
Keep your PIN safe: don’t write it on your i‑card or other ID, and don’t carry it in your wallet.
What if I lose my i‑card?
It is very important to unlink to your i‑card as soon as you realize it’s been lost.
If your linked i‑card is lost and you go directly to a campus ID Center and replace it, your missing card is deactivated for campus services when the new one is issued. It is best that you unlink your lost i‑card immediately. You can relink the new card yourself and use it in about 10 minutes. However, your old card will be automatically unlinked and your new card relinked overnight.
If you call an ID Center or campus police just to have your lost card deactivated (to replace later), unlink it immediately. You will need to replace that card and relink it yourself.
How do I unlink my i‑card?
If necessary, you may remove links to your PNC Bank accounts. You have the following options to remove the link(s):
Sign on to PNC Online Banking, go to the Customer Service tab and click "Link Campus ID Card" under the Account Services section. Click on the "Remove Accounts" button and follow the instructions to remove all of the PNC Bank accounts linked to your i‑card.
Your request will be processed immediately but the change will not display in Online Banking until the next business day.
If you do not have access to the internet, call 877-PNC-1000, and ask the PNC Bank representative to remove all existing links to your accounts.
If you lose your i‑card, you are not required to obtain a new PIN. However, you may choose a new PIN either by going online or visiting the nearest branch.
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Planning for College
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Tips from Experts
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Banking in the US
While in the United States, International Students will need to manage their finances, and a bank checking account helps you do that. This overview defines the types of accounts you can get and how to open them.
We get it. You want them to be independent. But it's always nice to have a lifeline home. Virtual Wallet Student has features like alerts that when enrolled can give you an insight into their account while still letting them figure things out on their own.
PNC has banking designed just for students.
Our Virtual Wallet Student provides a banking solution with features like a calendar customized for students, mobile and text banking and much more, students can have a clear view and control of their money.
PNC student accounts are parent-friendly too.
When enrolled, “Parent Alerts” can allow you to see the same e-mail notice your student gets when the account balance is getting low.
Starting college is daunting enough, even when it's in your home country. Make your transition to the U.S. easy by finding out the essentials of banking here, getting money from home, and keeping track of your hard-earned dollars.
Contact us by phone between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., ET, Saturday and Sunday, at 877-PNC-1000 (877-762-1000), or visit your local PNC Bank branch.
PNC opened a branch on the Morgan State campus. Brian signed up for Virtual Wallet Student and hasn’t looked back. His school-branded account fits in with his own sense of school pride: "I love to showcase my institution. It's like paraphernalia I don't have to pay for!"
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