When students go online to pay tuition for fall semester, they will use a new student financials section of ConnectCarolina.
The new student billing system includes a billing template that has students’ estimated financial aid and a simpler process to grant and revoke access to third parties, including parents.
The change was made earlier this summer as part of an expansion of the University’s partnership with TouchNet — a company that designs business software for higher education institutions.
The new system allows for expanded payment options. In addition to MasterCard, payments can now be made with Discover and American Express.
“Credit card payments for student bills have been processed via the TouchNet payment gateway since we started using ConnectCarolina for student financials,” said Debra Beller, a communications specialist with Information Technology Services.
“The change is that bill presentment is now through TouchNet as well.”
Beller said students and parent representatives approved the system before its implementation.
“I think it’s a great change,” said junior Justin Reid.
“It makes it much easier to plan your finances for the semester by being able to see all of the fees for the semester on one page,” he said.
The update will require students to reauthorize third party proxies, such as parents. Proxies authorized prior to the change will no longer be valid.