Beginning Oct. 18, tuition bills will be exclusively online

Students will receive their first fall semester bill later this month in both paper and electronic form.

The University hopes students will leave behind checks, stamps and standing in line at the Bursar’s Office in favor of paying their tuition bills online this fall.

Beginning Oct. 18, the University will deliver tuition bills exclusively via e-mail, with bills being sent to students’ University e-mail accounts. Students will still be able to pay by check if they choose, but they will also be able to pay online using debit cards.

“Students were asking for this,” said Julie Selander, associate director for student payments in the Office of Student Finance. “We thought it would be beneficial for students to have this, and it’s a time saver and a money saver.”

Students will receive their first fall bill later this month in both paper and electronic form. After that, students will receive bills via e-mail only.

Six Big Ten schools already use the online billing system, which is provided by infiNET Solutions.

To use the system, students log onto a secure server using their University Internet IDs. They can view their bills, pay them or authorize other payers such as parents. The University does not allow tuition payments to be made using credit cards.

Users can save a profile on the system with their checking accounts so they do not have to enter the information every time they make payments. Users will also be able to download, print or e-mail copies of their bills.

Selander said the University has had no security problems and has full confidence in the service.

The University’s confidence is not enough for those who are wary of giving out personal information over the Internet.

“I don’t trust it because there’s too much of a chance of them taking my father’s check card and using it,” education senior Melissa Ziemba said.

The new system was implemented June 27 for the first summer bill, which students received in paper and electronic form.

Second-year graduate student Pankuri Goraksha was among the students who used the service this summer.

“I think it was convenient,” she said. “I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything – it just saves time.”