Vickie Fredrick is associate vice president for finance at Webster University in St. Louis. The university was looking to distribute refunds electronically but did not want to obtain and store student banking information itself, so it turned to Higher One. Ms. Frederick and her colleagues, Norm Senaldi and Mary Petersen, spoke about their experience..
Sue Gilpin is the Controller at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill. The college has been using Higher One's OneDisburse refund management system for over a year and will soon expand its use because of the implementation of a new student loan program. Ms. Gilpin recently spoke with Streamlined about Heartland's experience with Higher One.
We have about 5,000 credit students who are here for their Associates Degree or taking vocational classes. We also have about 5,000 community education students who are just taking classes for enjoyment or personal enrichment.
Issuing refunds from financial aid and tuition overpayments to students used to be a time-consuming and labor-intensive affair at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), just as it is at many colleges and universities. Inefficiency was only part of the problem.
Richard Jacobs is director of student accounts at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., which uses several of Higher One's payment management solutions. As a member of the Higher One Product Steering Committee, Mr. Jacobs has been influential in guiding the development of several of the company's products.
The U.S. Department of Education recently issued rules designed to encourage colleges and universities to disburse student refunds electronically. Higher One?s Casey M. McGuane, senior vice president for client operations, provides answers to frequently asked questions about those new regulations.
Electronic payments are certainly not new. In fact, colleges and universities have been using electronic systems for payroll and vendor payments and other purposes for years. But one area that has lagged behind is student refunds.
If you are considering streamlining refund delivery, enhancing student services and reducing expenses, now is the time to act because the U.S. Department of Education has validated and encouraged the use of bank debit cards for refund delivery.
Having grown up in a world of ATMs, debit cards and online banking, students at the University of Louisville wanted a better way to receive financial aid and other types of refunds. Receiving paper checks through the mail was slow, inconvenient and unreliable.