Information for Parents

Greetings parents! The J-Card is an essential component of the college living and learning environment for your JHU student. All students receive a personalized J-Card which serves as their student identification card, and provides access to dining halls, libraries, campus facilities, and events.

J-Cash is a flexible spending account that is used to cover all of your student’s expenses — everything from textbooks, photocopies, and laundry to dining out, groceries, and pharmacy needs without needing a credit card or cash. Many off-campus merchants proudly accept J-Cash as well.

Refilling your student’s J-Card is easy, with several refill options available. To help you and your student prepare for the upcoming semester, we have provided an estimate of the typical semester’s expenses:

Sample Semester Budget

ItemMinimum AmountSuggested Amount
Textbooks$400$500
School Supplies$75$125
Laundry$50$75
Photocopying$20$40
Vending$35$75
Groceries$50$200
Restaurants/delivery$60$210
University apparel$20$100
Haircuts/Personal Care$40$100
Entertainment$25$50
Miscellaneous$25$75
Total$800$1,550

If you have any questions, please contact the J-Card Office at 410-516-5121 or jcard@jhu.edu.