New Student Services Expand Options

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New partnerships bring expanded student health services and more ways to save money on student food expenses.

With the 2017 academic year comes expansion of two programs that students rely on to support their studies.

Student Health Services Near You and 24/7

New partnership with CHI Franciscan brings student health services closer and 24/7.Students who need to see a doctor now have more options. In July, UW Tacoma and CHI Franciscan Health launched a new service model for Student Health Services. The student health clinic on Market Street closed over the summer. Students seeking care may now visit Franciscan Prompt Care at St. Joseph Medical Center (just up the street from campus) or other prompt care locations in Bonney Lake, Burien, Gig Harbor, Lakewood and Puyallup.

Students may also use Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care at no additional cost. This service offers 24/7 access to board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners through video chat or telephone.

“This is an 86 percent increase in open hours each week over the previous clinic schedule,” said Director of Student Planning & Administration Kathleen Farrell. “By providing access to more locations throughout the week for longer hours, as well as offering 24-hour urgent care, we hope to increase the number of students who benefit from Student Health Services.”

Visit the Student Health Services website for more information about services, locations, and appointments.

Dawg Dollars: Get Discounts With Your Husky Card

UW Tacoma Husky Card with Dawg DollarsUW Tacoma students, staff and faculty have a new option when it comes to buying food and services. Over the summer, the University launched Dawg Dollars. This new program effectively turns the Husky Card into a payment method. Money can be loaded onto the card and used to pay for food and drinks at participating businesses including West Coast Grocery and the recently opened Market Street Café across from the University Y. The UW Tacoma copy and mail center also accepts Dawg Dollars as payment. Certain vendors are will be offering discounts to those who pay with their Husky Card.

The list of participating vendors will continue to grow as the year proceeds. Those who had existing account balances on their Husky Card through UW Seattle Housing and Food Services can find more information on options here.

Sign up isn’t necessary as all current UW Tacoma Husky Cards were transferred into the Dawg Dollars program. Participants can reload their card, check their account balance and view their transaction history by logging into the Dawg Dollars payment portal website.

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / September 28, 2017
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or