The Student Commuter Rewards Program is a green initiative that promotes Rutgers University–Newark and Camden students to use mass transportation to get to and from classes. By submitting monthly transit receipts, students can receive up to $50 in gift card rewards monthly at kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store or Barnes & Noble (Newark only). The program is an alternative solution to the limited amount of parking available on the Rutgers–Camden, and Newark campuses.

 

ELIGIBILITY
Any currently enrolled Rutgers University-Newark (excluding Newark RBHS) or Rutgers University-Camden student using mass transit through NJT, SEPTA, PATCO, and PATH, for transportation to/from class.

 

DURATION 
September through May

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must not purchase a Rutgers University parking permit throughout the duration of the program.
  • Original transit pass, receipt, and Rutgers ID Card must be submitted through the online portal.
  • Date of purchase and name of student must be visible on any statements provided as proof of purchase
  • Pass must be submitted by the 15th of the following redemption month. (ex. September redemption period is October 1st - October 15th.) > Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All rewards gift cards must be picked up by June 30th of that academic/program year. Any rewards gift cards not picked up by June 30th will be forfeited.

HOW TO SIGN UP & REDEEM  

Registration for the Spring 2023 Semester is now open!

Newark Registration

 Camden Registration

January Submissions now CLOSED! 

Newark Submission

Camden Submission

(Upon Submission Review)

Please allow 3 to 5 business days to receive your reward.
   

General FAQs

 

  1. What is the Commuter Reward Program?

The Commuter Rewards Program is a green initiative that the university began to help ease stresses on the parking system on the Camden and Newark campuses. It promotes the use of utilizing mass transportation to get to and from classes.

 

  1. Who is eligible for commuter rewards?

Program eligibility is for full and part time, graduate or undergraduate students enrolled at Rutgers University–Newark or Rutgers University–Camden, using mass transit for their own transportation to/from class. International students can participate however tax will be withheld and 1042 form provided at end of year. RBHS students do not qualify for the program.

 

  1. Do I have to sign up for the program again every month?

No, sign up (registration) occurs once per academic semester. In order to be eligible to participate in the program you must sign up each semester. However, your school enrollment and parking account will be verified each month to ensure continued program eligibility.

 

  1. What rewards does the program offer?

Rewards come in the form of either kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store gift cards or Barnes & Noble gift cards (Newark only). You can redeem any amount up to and including $50 for kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store gift cards, the amount varies depending on the actual cost of the monthly pass. Barnes & Noble gift cards only come in denominations of $50. In order to qualify for a Barnes & Noble gift card (Newark only), you must redeem $50 or more for your monthly submission.

 

Redemption FAQs

 

  1. Can I redeem my reward online?

We are going digital with kite+key gift cards! You will receive your kite+key gift card reward via email. Please add [email protected] to your mailing list and check junk or spam mail. You will be able to check your gift card balance online and use your digital gift card to shop online and in-store. Barnes & Noble gift cards can still be picked up in person.

 

  1. What if I don’t have a receipt?

You must provide evidence of payment of a monthly pass to/from Newark or Camden. The pass for the upcoming month can be purchased up to seven (7) days of the preceding month. If you are unable to do so we cannot provide a reward.

 

  1. Can I email you my receipt?

No, all receipt submissions need to be processed through the online portal on our website.

 

  1. Can I give you my daily or trip tickets?

We only accept monthly transit tickets to Rutgers–Newark and we accept both daily and monthly transit tickets to Rutgers–Camden.

 

  1. Can I only redeem a reward if my pass is over $50?

The reward is only UP TO $50 based on the actual cost of the monthly pass. If your monthly pass costs less than $50, you will receive a reward with that valued amount on a kite+key gift card.

 

  1. Can I redeem rewards from the previous month?

Passes must be submitted by the 15th of the following redemption month. (ex. September redemption period is October 1st - October 15th.) Late submissions will not be accepted.

 

  1. What if my monthly pass expired for last month?

Please make sure you take screenshots of your monthly pass prior to expiring in order to submit in the redemption month.

 

  1. Can someone else purchase passes on my behalf?

No, passes must be purchased by participant of program.

 

Reward FAQs

 

  1. Where do I get my commuter rewards gift cards?

For kite+key gift cards: You will receive your kite+key gift card reward via email.

For Barnes & Noble gift cards (Newark Only): Must be picked up in person. You must present a valid Rutgers ID card in order to pick up your gift card. All rewards gift cards must be picked up by June 30th of that academic/program year. Any rewards gift cards not picked up by June 30th will be forfeited. Forfeited cards will not be reissued.

 

  1. I can't make it to campus. Can you ship my rewards gift card?

For kite+key gift cards: You will receive your kite+key gift card reward via email.

For Barnes & Noble gift cards (Newark Only): No. All rewards need to be picked up in-store and verified with proper identification.

 

  1. Do the gift cards expire?

kite+key and Barnes & Noble gift cards do not expire.

 

  1. Can I use the kite+key gift card on the online store?

Yes, kite+key gift cards can be used online or in-store at any of our three campus locations.

 

  1. Can I use the Barnes & Noble gift cards at any Barnes & Noble location?

Yes.

 

  1. Can I swap out a reward for a different one if I haven’t used it?

No, once a reward is issued we are not able to make any changes.

 

  1. How many gift cards am I able to collect per month?

One. You will only be able to receive one gift card per month. The gift card amount depends on the cost of the amount provided on your transit pass receipts.

 

  1. What happens if my gift card is lost or stolen? Can I get a new one?

No, kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store is not responsible for any lost or stolen gift cards.

 

 

Contact us if you have any questions regarding monthly redemptions: 

 

We reserve the right to change or amend the program at any time. Participants found in breach of the Rutgers University Code of Student Conduct will be disqualified from the program for the duration of their attendance at Rutgers University.