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Student Accounts Now Payable on the Web

By Arthur Page

Release Date: October 17, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo students now have the option of paying their bills and retrieving their account balances via the Internet.

The new secured ePay system, which accepts credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard and Discover, is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., except on major holidays.

To make a payment, a student must enter his or her student person number. Access to account information is available only to the student and requires his or her UBIT name and password.

The project was a joint venture between Financial Processing, Administrative Computing, Accounting Services, Internal Audit, Campus Parking and Technical Services. The project was sponsored by Voldemar Innus, vice president and chief information officer, and led by Shirley Walker, director of financial processing services. Walker served as chair of the Web-based Transactions Committee; Jim Gorman, IT manager in Administrative Computing Services, served as chair of the e-Pay Infrastructure Committee.

After undergoing a pilot program, the service now is open to all students.

Implementing "UB e-Pay" had been the goal staffers in Student Accounts and Admissions for years, but it was not until Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi expressed her commitment to the project and formed the Administrative Systems Advisory Board that it was able to happen, said Walker.

"This is a service that students expect and need -- one that will reduce work for UB staff, including cashiers and service representatives," she says.

Students may pay their bill electronically at www.studentresponse.buffalo.edu/epayment