Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Does Away With Paper Billing, Adds New Online Features

KINGSVILLE - August 05, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

MoneyConnect gives students easier payment, emergency loan options

Paying tuition bills at Texas A&M University-Kingsville just got a lot easier and greener. Beginning this week, all tuition payment business, including applying for emergency loans will be done online at the new MoneyConnect site.

MoneyConnect gives students a host of options to utilize. MoneyConnect is accessible through the Blue and Gold Connection link on the university’s website www.tamuk.edu.bluegold.

“We are providing more opportunities to enhance our customer service and improve the efficiency by allowing for additional types of electronic payments. We encourage students to take advantage of everything this major software upgrade has to offer,” said Paula Hanson, university comptroller. “We received a lot of positive feedback from other universities in Texas that use this program. This is just phase one. There will be more upgrades in the future.”

When visiting MoneyConnect for the first time, students will set up their personal profile including designating the email address to use for billing purposes and other uses, said Patricia Hayes, bursar. She stressed the importance of setting up the profile and keeping it updated: “When the electronic bill or eBill is ready, an email will be sent to the student. If the email address is not current, the student may not receive messages in a timely manner.”

Hayes and Tina Livingston, assistant comptroller and director of business services, led the team that implemented this new service.

Hayes stressed that MoneyConnect is a highly secure site run through the TouchNet payment gateway so all personal information will remain safe. TouchNet uses industry-leading security standards.

MoneyConnect is available for a variety of uses, but one of the most important will be applying for emergency tuition loans. Hayes said students are able to actually apply for the emergency loan and receive approval through MoneyConnect. Students also are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit and have funds sent directly to their personal bank account.

Another feature of MoneyConnect is the option for another person or persons to have access to the student’s account with permission. “A student may authorize a parent or spouse to access the account and make payments or view accounts. Each person authorized must set up his or her own profile online,” she said.

Students also may sign up for an online payment plan, make payments using credit or debit cards and checking accounts, schedule future payments, view billing statements and billing history and sign up for direct deposit of any refunds, Hayes said.

For students who do not have computer access, a paper copy of the billing statement may be requested. The statement will take three to five business days to generate and may not be up-to-date if any changes were made to the account after the request was made, Hayes said.

For more information or assistance using MoneyConnect or to request a paper bill, email moneyconnect@tamuk.edu or call 361-593-2616.

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