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Your ACT Card

Your Action Card or, “ACT Card“, is your official student ID for The University of Alabama!

The ACT Card is used for Bama Cash, Dining Dollars, meal plans, building access, NCAA athletic events, University Recreation Centers, the Student Health Center, campus entertainment events, and more!

On the card are three important accounts:

Bama Cash

Dining Dollars

When using Dining Dollars or Bama Cash to pay for pre-paid orders by phone or online such as pizza for delivery, you will use your 16 – digit number instead of your CWID.  Click here or go to myBama to find your 16 – digit number.

Meal Plans

You can check the balance of these accounts and transactions at any time through eAccounts*.
*To check on the number of Meal Plan swipes remaining, login to eAccounts and select Board Transactions. Then select a time frame. You will see the number of Meal Plan swipes used out of the total number you started with. Subtracting these two numbers will give you the remaining Meal Plan swipes you have left.

    Bama Cash vs. Dining Dollars 

Chosen or Preferred Name for ACT Card

Students, faculty and staff now have the option to show their chosen or preferred name on the mobile ACT Card!

A chosen or preferred name is the use of a first and/or middle name that could be different from a person’s legal name. There are many reasons why someone would use a chosen name, such as a middle name, as a reflection of gender identity, as a nickname, or as a westernized or Americanized name. 

The use of chosen or preferred name may limit the use of the Action Card at certain locations (voting polls, receiving legal documents, etc.), however a chosen or preferred name can be reverted to legal name for use at these locations and switched back when completed. For more information on this, visit Action Card Chosen or Preferred Name. This page also provides information on how to set, change and opt into chosen or preferred name if not already done.

Chosen or preferred names are also available to students, faculty and staff who are ineligible for the mobile ACT Card. Information on how to obtain a card with a chosen or preferred name for those with ineligible devices, visit Action Card Chosen or Preferred Name.


Mobile ACT Card

The University of Alabama is a mobile-first campus, meaning the official ID for UA is the mobile card.

Instructions and system requirements can be found at Mobile ACT Card.