Cougar Center and Cashier

The Cougar Center is your one-stop shop for questions regarding financial aid, admissions, registrations, accounts and more. Get quick, friendly help to answer almost any university-related question.

The Cougar Center also home of the cashier's desk and the Cougar Food Pantry.

Contact the Cougar Center at 360-546-9779 or van.studentaffairs@wsu.edu.

Location and hours

The Cougar Center is located in the upper level of the Student Services Center.

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, the Student Services Center will remain closed to the public until further notice.  Phones will be answered remotely, and phone messages will be returned within 24 hours.

Email is the most effective form of communication. If you have questions about the following areas, please email:

Cashier and student accounts

Student account payments towards tuition, course fees, library fines and reinstatement may be made online with an electronic check at no cost. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee. You may also drop off a check in an envelope containing your name, student ID number and purpose of payment in the silver drop box outside of the Student Services Center building.

Pay online Student Accounts

For all other payments, such as transcripts, Cougar Cash and C-Tran bus passes, we accept check, VISA and MasterCard.

Questions? Contact the cashier's desk at 360-546-9779 or van.accounts@wsu.edu.

Short-term loans

Short-term loans (basically an advance of pending financial aid) up to $1,000 are available while waiting for financial aid to disburse. Short term loans are available on the first day of the term for students whose financial aid is delayed. If you are interested in a short term loan please email van.accounts@wsu.edu to request an application form.

Purchase your BackPASS

WSU Vancouver students, staff and faculty are eligible for the C-TRAN BackPASS, allowing unlimited access to C-TRAN local and limited bus service. Learn about C-TRAN service to campus.

  • Fall 2020 passes cost $124 and are valid Aug. 24 – Dec. 19, 2020.
  • Spring 2021 passes will be available for purchase on Dec. 10, 2020 and will be valid Jan. 11 – May 12, 2021.

Get your CougarCard

To order your CougarCard, first upload a passport-style photo of yourself along with a picture of a current photo ID for verification.

Upload CougarCard images

Your CougarCard will be printed and sent to the mailing address listed on your myWSU account. Check and update your address in myWSU (if necessary) before uploading your photo.

Faculty and staff—if you need your CougarCard prior to the start of the semester, contact Josh Graisy at jgraisy@wsu.edu to schedule an early pick-up time.

Cougar Food Pantry

It can be hard to make ends meet when you're paying for college and living on a tight budget. The Cougar Food Pantry provides non-perishable items to WSU Vancouver students in need.

Cougar Food Pantry