AMERICUS (Sept. 21, 2011)—Life for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) students just got a little easier. This fall, the University implemented a new card payment program – BlackboardPay (BbPay) – that is designed to streamline student-related payment processes and reduce the expense of cutting and processing checks.
Specifically, BbPay is a prepaid account that automates delivery of financial aid credit balances, student payroll, and other forms of campus-related credit balances and allows the cardholder to view transactions and do fund transfers and bill payments online.
The company, Blackboard, does not receive any revenue from student-assessed fees. The program works through the Allpoint Network, a national automated teller system that charges no fees for standard transactions. The cards can also be used as a prepaid debit card anywhere Discover Card credit cards are accepted. Student accounts are insured by FDIC.
“Georgia Southwestern’s decision to choose BlackboardPay and the OneCard System just made sense,” said Jan Rogers, director of Student Accounts. “All in one place, students will have access to financial aid, their campus ID, and the CanesCard can be used anywhere Discover cards are accepted.”
Sporting Southwestern’s school colors and athletic logo, the new cards are also a nice reprieve from the dated cards that have been in use for over a decade. With the new program, the cards remain as the sole access tool for admittance into campus residence halls.
“Having the proper security measures in place is very important to us at Georgia Southwestern,” said Cody King, vice president of Business and Finance. “This new program brings integration of card access to buildings and a new camera system for added student and employee security. Couple that with online access to financial aid and first time usage of a debit card for many of our students, and we have a product that will make the transition to college life much easier.”
Some students still prefer receiving financial aid difference checks in the mail, which can take several days – a little more than half of the students still requested checks this semester. With BbPay, however, financial aid credit balances are transferred instantly.
Jasmine Lee, a GSW sophomore from Swainsboro, appreciates the convenience of BbPay and welcomes the security it provides.
“I think the new system provides a good way to get your money fast, and it is easier to use.” said Lee. “We used to receive checks and cash them. Now, we have more access to our money and we know that it is more secure. I also like that we are required to scan our card anytime we go on the hallway to our dorm room. That makes me feel a little more safe.”
For additional information, please contact the CanesCard Office at (229) 931-5091.
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