Gold Points FAQ's

Q: What are Gold Points?

Gold Points are a convenient, flexible and safe way to use your SJSU ID Card to purchase goods and services on the SJSU campus. Gold Points are pre-deposited dollars in an individual account, which is accessed by using your SJSU ID or VIP Gold Card.

Q: Why use Gold Points?

Gold Points transactions are much faster than purchases made with cash. No more fumbling for cash in the checkout line, no more pocket-full of change. In addition, Gold Points are more secure than cash. If you lose your SJSU ID Card and report it immediately, nobody will be able to access your account until you reactivate it.

Q: Who are Gold Points for?

Anyone with an SJSU ID or a VIP Gold Card may open a Gold Points account. If you are not a member of the SJSU Community, you can visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library or the Spartan Shops office to purchase a VIP Gold Card.

Q: Where can I use my Gold Points?

Gold Points can be used at the following locations on campus:
• Spartan Bookstore
• All Union Square Retail Dining Outlets, Dining Commons, Village Market, On Fourth, Jamba Juice, Just Below, Grounded
• Public use Printers in The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
• Campus public-use printers in the Career Center, Enrollment Services Computer Lab, MacQuarrie Hall Computer Lab, the Science Computer Lab, and the Academic Success Center Lab in Clark Hall.

Q: How do I start my Gold Points account?

To get started you need only to add value to your account. Most students, faculty and staff are automatically set up to use Gold Points and just need to add value to their account. If you experience any difficulty adding Gold Points either online or at a Card Value Center, you can:
• Visit the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office where you can pay with Cash, Check, or Credit Card
(we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover).
• Visit the Dining Commons Office where you can pay with Cash, Check, or Credit Card.
• Call the Gold Points office at (408) 924-1885 with a Credit Card.

Q: How do I add funds to my account?

Gold Points can be added:
• By visiting the Spartan Shops Office where you can pay with Cash, Check, and Credit Card.
• Online with a credit card (All major credit cards accepted) at
• By visiting the Dining Commons Office where you can pay with Cash, Check, and Credit Card.
• By calling the Gold Points office at (408) 924-1885 with a Credit Card.
• Adding cash at the Add Value Station in the King Library, 2nd floor.

Q: Can my parents call to add money to my Gold Points account?

Yes, parents may visit the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office, go to the above web site, or they can call (408) 924-1885 to add money to your ID card. They must have your SJSU ID with issuance number. Example: 001234567-11

Q: Can I add Gold Points to my Library Card?

No, you must use either an SJSU ID card or, if you are a guest of the University, a VIP Gold card.

Q. Do I need to get a new card to use Gold Points?

No, your Gold Points account is associated with your SJSU ID Card. Most new students automatically have their cards enabled for the account. If yours does not seem to work, just call us at (408) 924-1885.

Q. Do I pay a transaction fee each time I use my Gold Points?

No, there are no transaction fees for using Gold Points.

Q. Will I need a PIN code to use my Gold Points account?

No, there is no need for a PIN as your card will be swiped at each location. You must present your card at the time of the transaction. This adds to the security of the system.

Q. How do I check my balance?

You can check your balance in any of the following ways:
• Check online when you create an account.
• Check on the "GET Mobile" Gold Points app, available in iTunes and Google Play.
• Ask a cashier at any of the Spartan Dining locations, or ask for a receipt.
• Inquire within the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office.

Q. Who can use my Gold Points?

Only the card owner is allowed to use the value on the card. Cards are not transferable.

Q. What happens to Gold Points in my account at the end of each semester?

The money on the account remains available for your entire SJSU tenure. However, accounts having no activity for two years are subject to imposition of a $1.00/month service fee

Q. What should I do if my SJSU ID card is lost/stolen?

If your SJSU ID Card is lost or stolen you should contact the Gold Points office immediately to have your account placed on hold to avoid unauthorized use. Further, you need to visit Student Services to be issued a new SJSU ID Card. Afterward you will also need to visit the Gold Points office to have your new card activated. Only the new card can be used to access your account.

Q. Who should I contact if I encounter a problem with my card?

If you encounter problems with your card you should:
• Visit the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office in MacQuarrie Hall or
• Call the Gold Points Office at (408) 924-1885

Q. I receive a “TRANSACTION DENIED” message while using the Card Value Centers (CVC), what do I do?

The message indicates that there might be a problem with your card; please visit the Gold Points office.

Q: I have more than one SJSU ID Card; can I use all of them?

Each card is coded differently and only one can be activated to access your account at any time. If your card does not work, visit the Gold Points office to activate it.

Q. Can I withdraw money from my Gold Points account?

Partial withdrawals are not permitted from your Gold Points account.

Q. How do I get a refund for my Gold Points?

Accounts with balances of less than $10.00 are eligible for a cash refund. Patrons with account balances of $10.00 or greater will be issued a check, to be mailed within two weeks. Visit the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office to request a refund.

Q. What are the Gold Points office hours of operation?

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Q. Where can I get more information about Gold Points?

Visit the Spartan Shops Gold Points Office (located in MacQuarrie Hall) or call (408) 924-1885