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Laundry Policy

Each residence hall has a laundry room for the residents of that specific community.  Laundry rooms are equipped with high efficiency, large capacity, front loading washers and dryers.  For best results, it is recommended that students use high efficiency laundry detergent.

Machines are operated using a card system.  All new students will receive a laundry card when they check into the residence halls.  Students can then add value to their cards in one of two ways:

  1. Use the Cash-to-Card Machine in the lower level of Hicks (by the computer lab) to add value to your card using $5, $10, or $20 bills.
  2. Buy a laundry plan online.  Visit, create a new account with the CVA number 5 (or log in with an existing account) to purchase a plan When the online transaction is complete, bring the card to the Coded Value Adder Machine in the lower level of Hicks, insert the card, and type in the PIN number that you are given, and the card will be encoded with new plan.  The plans can be purchased using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.  Plans do not expire and values can be used from year to year.
  3. Visit the above website and use a credit/debit card to put a specific dollar amount on the card instead of purchasing a laundry plan.   

Students receive one free laundry card. Replacement laundry cards can be purchased for $5.00 from the Cash-to-Card Machine in Hicks. Any value on lost, stolen or misplaced cards cannot be refunded.

Call WASH Laundry with questions: 1-800-521-9938 or 1-866-754-3404

Laundry Room Guidelines

  1. Students are expected to keep the laundry rooms clean by properly disposing of detergent containers, dryer sheets and garbage, and cleaning up any messes or unintentional spills.
  2. Students are encouraged not to leave their laundry unattended.  Laundry that is left in the laundry room for more than 24 hours will be collected and donated or disposed of.
  3. If a machine is done and someone is waiting to use it, they may remove the clothes in the machine and place them on the table or on top of a washer or dryer.  However, students may never put other people's clothes on the floor or remove them from the laundry room.
  4. Students are not permitted to use the machines for the dying of clothing or other items, as it may ruin the machine or the clothing of the next person who uses the machine.
  5. Students are not permitted to tamper with and/or vandalize washers, dryers and the laundry rooms.
  6. Report any problems with machines directly to WASH Laundry by calling 1-800-521-9938.
  7. Students who do not utilize the laundry room in accordance with the above guidelines may be referred through the Student Code of Conduct and may lose laundry room privileges.