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What programs do you use for lunch balance collection?  Does this accept debit/credit cards that the parent can pay on-line with?  What about ACH debit?  What about other fees than lunches?
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5 Responses to "Money, Money, Money"

   
We've been using eFunds for Schools for the past several years and are very happy with it.

Parents can deposit money to lunch accounts (eFunds syncs with PowerSchool so online deposits show up pretty much instantly in PowerSchool) and to pay sports registration fees.  As far as I know, there is no limit (other than what the school might have) on the types of fees which could be set up in eFunds.

Parents can pay by debit/credit card (charged a convenience fee of $2.65 per $100 transaction value) or via ACH (charged a $1.00 convenience fee per transaction regardless of amount or how many different fees/deposits are made in a single transaction).  By having parents pay the convenience fee, eFunds doesn't cost the school anything other than some sort of annual maintenance fee ($170 or some such amount).

Reporting options available on the administrative side of eFunds meet our needs and are relatively easy to use.

   
I like the thought of it tying in to PowerSchool, and that it shows up there.  Seems like it would be a lot less work than just accepting a debit/credit card then having to go through and post info each day.

   
+ 1 for E-funds. This is our first year with it and we've been happy with how easily it works with PowerSchool. A couple of parents complained about the hassle last fall but we tell them to continue sending checks, if they preferred. 

   
Our lunch program is called eTrition.  Parents can look up their balance online through EZSchoolPay.com, but can not make payments online.  This is not connected to Power School.  We have a link on our SOCS site.

   
We have been using RevTrak for several years.  It is embedded in PowerSchool.  Parents can use debit or credit cards.  People who make the deposits pay the fees, it costs the school district nothing. It is able to do a complete store front for you if you want to include fees, and could even include clothing and such.

Deposits are instant and are noted RevTrak.

Great product.
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