Northwestern Print: Adding Value to Cat Cash for Student and Personal Printing

The primary method students pay for their printing is through NU Dining’s Cat Cash. Cat Cash Northwestern is an online system that allows students, faculty, and staff of Northwestern University to add funds to a stored value account and use it to make purchases at participating off-campus retailers and on-campus locations. Printing through Northwestern Print will be an additional location where these funds can be spent. For a full list of locations that accept Cat Cash for dining please visit the dining website.  

When a student has no remaining funds either through their printing quota or their PaperCut refund account, then their printing costs will be debited from Cat Cash.  When a student needs to pay for printing using Cat Cash the necessary funds will be deducted from Cat Cash to pay for the requested print job(s) - on-demand.  

All students have a Cat Cash account by default associated with their Net and student ID number. All accounts should be active and ready for use. Issues with connecting to your Cat Cash account should be directed to  


  • Use the GET  app to add funds to your account. Funds added through GET are available immediately for use. This is the recommended method to add funds to your Cat Cash account.   

  • You can check your balance, add funds, and look at your transaction history for Northwestern Print and Northwestern Dining on the GET app.  

  • There is a $10 minimum to add money to a Cat Cash account.    

  • Alternative Parents, Guardians or Other Relatives may also add funds for a student. They will need to know the student's ID number.   

  • Funds in Cat Cash roll over across academic years if the student is continuing at Northwestern University.  

  • Cat Cash is not refundable. Your Cat Cash Balance expires when your NetID expires.   

  • Cat Cash can be purchased with a student account on the Northwestern Dining website. Please note there is up to a 48-hour delay on all purchases made through the dining website. Students looking for immediate access to funds should use the GET app.   


How to add funds to Cat Cash  


  1. Go to on your phone or computer.  

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  1. Login to GET app:  Click here to login  

    Authenticate via Online Passport (WebSSO) with your NetID and password. You do not need to be on VPN to authenticate to the GET app website. 

  2. Students can check balances, add funds, and look at their transaction history for Northwestern Print and Northwestern Dining. 

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  3. +Add Funds button.  You may need to add a credit card first before adding funds to your account. 

  4. Select Payment Type and continue.  

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  1. Choose a credit card on file and deposit amount. There will be a $10 minimum to add money to a Cat Cash account. Funds added through GET will be available immediately for use.  

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  1. Confirm adding Funds.  Funds added through GET are available immediately for use. 

Support for Cat Cash  

Students looking for support for Cat Cash issues should email . This email address is checked regularly Monday-Friday.      




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