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U.S. Bank Partners with University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT, Wisc.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2005--University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) has chosen U.S. Bank as its campus bank card partner. This new partnership includes a variety of U.S. Bank financial products and services for students, faculty and staff. U.S. Bank will provide the banking function for the school's multi-use identification card, the PointCard, and will also operate two ATMs on campus. Members of the UWSP community who are U.S. Bank customers will benefit from the bank's student checking and workplace banking products and services.

"We are excited about this partnership with UWSP," said Jeff Whitrock market president for U.S. Bank in Stevens Point. "The PointCard services will enhance the cashless environment on campus, which means added convenience and increased fraud protection for the people who use it. The team at U.S. Bank is also here for our student banking customers to help them prepare financially for life after college."

"At UWSP we believe it's important to emphasize best practices, especially in the management of student accounts and services," said Linda Bunnell, chancellor, UWSP.

"We wanted to update and stay current in our business practices and this partnership brings value to students, faculty and staff who choose to take advantage of these services," said Greg Diemer, vice chancellor for business affairs, UWSP. "The offer we received from U.S. bank was the most competitive and included the most comprehensive services."

The services, which include no minimum balance and no monthly maintenance fee, are optional to UWSP students and employees beginning in the fall of 2005.

The PointCard provides official campus identification and a variety of conveniences for more than 9,700 UWSP students, faculty and staff. The PointCard has numerous capabilities that benefit students, faculty, and staff. In addition to being the school's official identification card, the PointCard can also be used for a variety of other services on campus. For cardholders who also choose to be U.S. Bank customers, the PointCard will double as their ATM card on and off campus. In addition, a U.S. Bank branch is conveniently located at 5673 Highway 10 East in Stevens Point.

UWSP is one of 27 colleges and universities that partners with U.S. Bank for a campus banking program. Others include UW-Oshkosh, North Dakota State University, Creighton University, San Diego State University, Iowa State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Xavier University and Northwestern University.

U.S. Bank is one of the top student banking institutions in the nation providing a comprehensive line of student banking products, including campus ID card programs, student loans, Internet banking, U.S. Bank student checking and savings, and Visa Buxx(R) prepaid spending cards. For more information on these services, visit usbank.com/studentbanking.

Established in 1894, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a comprehensive regional university with 8,700 students and about 1,000 employees. The four colleges: letters and science, fine arts and communication, natural resources and professional studies, offer 95 program choices within 48 majors and 16 graduate programs. The picturesque campus includes 30 buildings, three student centers and the 275-acre Schmeeckle Nature Reserve. For more information, go to www.uwsp.edu.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $195 billion, is the 6th largest financial holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,370 banking offices and 4,620 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.

CONTACT: U.S. Bank Media Relations
Amy Frantti, 612-303-0733
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Sally Clanton, 715-346-3046


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