In addition to helping acquire a free ride on a bus or checking out a book from one of the bigger libraries, student ID cards from the University of Kansas do so much more, according to a published report.
The KU ID also scores its bearer reduced costs and expenses at an assortment of retail stores, restaurants and recreational activities, The University Daily Kansan reports.
But that knowledge might not be very widespread among the student body.
"I only know of the SUA student discounts, not much else," sophomore Tori Schmuz from Milwaukee told the news source.
Various restaurants offer discounts for people who flash their KU ID, a fact that is lost on junior Ammara Siddiqi - despite the fact that she eats out as many as five times in one week.
The Wichita native said she did not know of the student discount afforded to bearers of the ID card but noted she would probably capitalize on that money-saving perk simply by showing the card.
"I'd probably frequent them more often," she told the news source.
One such perk is offered by Domino's Pizza, which is offering a medium pie for $2.99 during the first 14 days of school.
The perk of cheaper eats for people who show their KU ID cards also eluded junior Sam Thoenen from Missouri. He enjoys eating at Dempsey's but was unaware of the specials available for him.
"I have eaten there a decent amount of times but wasn't aware they had half price burgers on Tuesdays," the Jefferson City native told the news source. "I am more inclined to go there on Tuesdays now that I know."
Clothier Charlotte Russe affords KU ID cardholders a discount of 10 percent. Discounts also are available at stores like J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic.
Students who hold KU ID cards also may receive discounts while enjoying recreational activities at places such as Alvamar Golf Course, where weekday discounts are $10 off the $45 fee.
The student ID card used by collegians in Iowa also opens many doors, The Associated Press reports.
They can gain access to dinner, purchase snacks, wash their clothes, borrow library books, make copies of their homework, show some school spirit at the football game, enter a computer laboratory on campus and open doors that are locked.
"Students really enjoy that convenience of being able to use one card for everything," interim executive director Carol Petersen with the University of Northern Iowa told the news source.