In an ongoing effort to make paying for college more convenient, Frostburg State University now allows students to pay their tuition by credit card on the Web.
Currently the system requires payment in full, so it's of most use to students registering for Summer School and Intersession. Students who use deferred or monthly payment plans are not able to take advantage of the feature at this time, but FSU hopes to move toward allowing those payments as well, according to FSU Bursar Tina Nightingale, who is in the University and Student Billing office.
"It saves a trip in here," Nightingale said. "It's especially beneficial to someone registering late." Payment is required with late registration. It's also useful for graduate students and those at the Hagerstown and Frederick center who are often juggling work schedules and don't want to drive into the Hagerstown center or wait to be billed.
To make the payments, admitted students visit the registration site at www.admin.frostburg.edu, plug in their identification codes and go through the registration process. Web registration has been available at FSU since the fall of 1999.
At the end of registration, the student is prompted for payment. This is where they are given the option of using a Visa or MasterCard to complete the transaction. Nightingale said the Discover Card, which is accepted in the FSU Billing Office, can't yet be used on the Web, but they hope to add that service soon.
The Web payment option became available in April and already has been used by a number of students registering for Summer School, which began May 30.
FSU is one of the first institutions in the University System of Maryland to allow Web payments. FSU was given the option of being a test site for the program, and since the University was interested in making payments more convenient, FSU officials agreed.
For more information about FSU, contact the Admissions Office at (301) 687-4201.
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