University announces new online options for payment of student accounts
Georgia Southern University has introduced two new online options that students can use to pay for their tuition, fees, housing and meal plans.
Students who wish to use a credit card to pay for their student accounts can do so electronically through a third party that has partnered with the University. TouchNet is providing its PayPath Tuition Service, which accepts American Express, Discover and MasterCard.
In addition, the University now offers WebCheck, which allows students to make payments by electronic check from their checking or savings accounts.
Students can continue to make check and cash payments in person at the Office of Student Fees, or they can continue to mail their checks to the office.
As of Aug. 1, the University no longer accepts credit cards for payment of student accounts. These accounts include tuition, fees, housing and meal plans.
However, the University will continue to accept credit cards at all other on-campus locations, including the University Store, Parking and Transportation, EagleExpress, and all of the dining facilities.
‘Many colleges and universities across the nation have chosen to discontinue the acceptance of credit cards due to rising expense,” said Georgia Southern Bursar Kim Thompson. ‘By no longer accepting credit cards for the payment of student accounts, we will save an estimated $450,000 annually in processing fees. This money will be redirected into academic programs and student services.”
Students who use their credit cards via TouchNet will be assessed a convenience fee of 2.75 percent. Georgia Southern does not control this fee, nor does the University receive any of the proceeds.
Students and their parents were informed of the new online payment options in a letter that was mailed to their homes in July.
For more information, visit the Office of Student Fees Web site at http://services.georgiasouthern.edu/bursar/osf/studentfeespage.htm .