e-Bill is Albion College's official method for sending student account notifications, replacing paper statements (or bills). Periodically, the Accounting Office will post new account activity to the student's secure online account. When new balances are due, students and their designated authorized users receive email notification and can go online to view the current activity and make payment.
e-Bill offers a number of exciting features for students and their authorized account users, including:
Students and the users they authorize are able to login to e-Bill and view current and previous student account detail. Users are able to review current charges, fees, payments and any applicable credits on their student account.
Albion College's e-Bill system allows students and authorized users to make payments using e-Check. e-Check allows users to pay online without using a bank or credit card. Instead, users using their checking account to make payments online - eliminating the need for stamps and envelopes
Students can enroll online to receive their student refunds directly deposited into their bank checking or savings account. No need to wait in lines to deposit a paper check. Students will receive email notification when their e-Refund has been processed and will know when their e-Refund will be deposited into their account.
This is a visit program designed for you to become an Albion student for a day. You will spend the morning session in your area of academic interest. After lunch with current students you'll have the opportunity to obtain information regarding athletics, fine arts, and campus activities and organizations. Your individualized campus tour with a current student will include insider tips on life as an Albion College student. The day will end with Institute receptions featuring the Gerstacker Institute, Ford Institute, Pre-Health Institute, Environmental Center, Teacher Education Center, and Honors Program.
While you're busy being an Albion College student for the day, we'll keep your parents busy, too. Parents will attend morning sessions covering academic life and student affairs/residential life. They'll have lunch with Albion College faculty and staff and then learn more about parent involvement, financial aid and enrolling at Albion. You'll join each other for your campus tour and the Institute receptions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to register for Admitted Student Day, you must have completed an admission application and been accepted to Albion College prior to Feb. 15, 2012. Please contact the Admission Office if you have any questions about the status of your admission application.
Please read on for more important information. If you have questions, please call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
Let's be honest. You can be bold and brainy, with the résumé of a rockstar. But if you don't have a plan for what comes after college, what's the point?
That's why we have developed the Albion Advantage. Through the Albion Advantage, you will blend your liberal arts education with career exploration, giving you marketable professionals skills. Check out the Albion Advantage Pledge, our commitment to your future success.
Thinking about graduate school? Recent Albion graduates have earned advanced degrees at places like the London School of Economics, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford. Ready for big business? Corporations like Johnson & Johnson and Google know our graduates well. Want to change the world? Follow Albion's leaders to organizations like Teach for America and the Peace Corps.
What will you do after Albion? Anything you put your mind to.
Getting into graduate school. Starting a career. Preparing for life. Albion's Institutes and Centers can help you achieve your most important goals.
Our Institutes and Centers integrate theoretical and practical learning in distinctive and challenging ways, and are designed for those who want to specialize beyond a specific major. That includes a unique curriculum and opportunities for internships, a capstone experience, and independent research.
In addition to student's receiving notification of new balance activity, students have the ability to add "authorized users" to their account - typically parents or guardians. Authorized users will also receive email notification of new balance activity. Additionally, authorized users can make online payments with a credit credit card or e-Check.
Students can add an authorized user to their account by completing the following steps:
Click on Online Bill + Payment. This will take you away from ACIS to the e-Bill system hosted by TouchNet. This is a secure site.
Click on the Authorized Users Tab.
Click on the Add Authorized User bar.
Enter the email address of the user you would like to authorize to view your account statements and make payments to your account.
Click on Continue.
Agree to the terms.
Click on Continue.
The new authorized user will receive an email providing instructions and a temporary password. The user must log in to set up a profile and change the password for the e-Bill system to begin sending notifications.
Please add to your email contacts to ensure notifications do not go to your spam folder.
Legally your student bill is your responsibility; it is not the responsibility of your parent(s) or guardian(s). While your parent(s) or guardian(s) may be making payments on your behalf, the responsibility to make sure that these obligations are met in a timely manner is yours alone. Any repercussions from failure to fulfil your obligation will directly affect you personally.
Albion College provides a convenient on-line system (TouchNet) for tracking student account information and making payments for your tuition and fees. You will also receive e-mail notifications via your Albion College e-mail and have access to make online payments via e-check or credit card as well. (Albion does not issue paper billing statements.) You may also make payments at the cashier window in the Accounting Office in Ferguson Hall Monday through Friday 8:15am-4:45pm.
Legally your individual account is private. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) will be making payments on your behalf, it is your responsibility to add them as an "authorized user" within the TouchNet e-Bill system. "Authorized users", when added, will receive e-mail notifications billings and will have the ability to make on-line payments via an e-check or credit card. Instructions on setting up an "authoized user" may be found at the following website: http://www.albion.edu/accounting/ebill/authorized-users. The "authorized user" status will only grant your parent(s) or guardian(s) access to your billing information.
Parent Communications with respect to Billings and Financial Aid
As stated above you, the student, are the primary contact with respect to your College billing and financial aid. You may allow your parent(s) or guardian(s) to speak to College representatives about billing and financial aid issues by adding your parent(s) or guardian(s) as authorized-users in the TouchNet e-Bill system. This permission is required under the federal FERPA law.
We will allow you to set your own payment arrangements within the terms listed below:
Fall Semester Due Dates
Your account must be paid in full or you must be enrolled in a payment plan.
Spring Semester Due Dates
Your account must be paid in full or you must be enrolled in a payment plan.
You may choose to pay your account in full or in part and/or enroll in a TouchNet or Higher One payment plan. Any portion of the account that is unpaid or not enrolled in a pyament plan will be subject to time charges. The time charges are calculated at 1.25% each month non-payment plan charges are outstanding. The time charge applies to non-payment plan balances after August 20 (for fall semester) and January 15 (for spring semester). This would include any balances as a result of incomplete financial aid including loans. For new semester charges; you will have one billing cycle to pay these charges before a time charge is assessed. After the initial billing cycle, all non-payment plan charges will be subject to time charges as described above.
You will have one billing cycle to resolve disputed charges. Items such as library fines and parking fines must be resolved with the charging department (aka the Library or Campus Safety or any other department that generated the disputed charge). Please contact the Accounting Office at 517-629-0507 if you need assistance in determining who to contact and we will provide you with the correct contact information.
In-Semester Charges and Changes
Changes often occur mid-semester, e.g. students change room assignments, incur miscellaneous charges and/or drop/add classes in the drop/add period. Changes on your bill resulting from these items will be given one billing cycle to be paid in full before time charges are assessed.
If you have a balance on your account after October 15 (fall semester) or March 15 (spring semester) a hold will be placed on your account. A hold restricts your ability to register for future semesters and receive or forward transcripts.
If you have a balance at the conclusion of the semester you will be withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission to the College. Withdrawal for failure to fulfil your financial responsibility may result in your needing to provide assurance that future bills will be paid in a timely manner. Readmission may be dependent upon satisfactory payment arrangements for future billings.
All financial aid requirements should be met prior to August 1 for the August 20 payment due date or January 1 for the January 15 due date. This includes requirements for all internal and external aid as well as student loans. Exceptions would be requested verification of your enrollment by a third party or late admission to the College. The College gives one billing cycle to resolve enrollment verification issues. After that cycle, the College will assess time charges according to the rules described above. Selection for Federal verification for financial aid purposes will not prevent time charges on items pended as a result of the federal verification.
Pending Financial Aid
Please review billing items listed as "memo items" on your bill carefully. The College cannot post Federal funds (aid and /or loans) to your student account until 10 days prior to the start of the semester, items listed on your bill as "memo items" after August 10 and January 5 indicate that some action is necessary by you, the student. "Memo items" do not reduce your balance when assessing time charges so failure to act on these items will result in additional cost to you.
TouchNet Monthly Payment Plan (administered by Albion College)
The TouchNet plans enable you to pay your Albion College fees in monthly installments without time charges on the balances within the agreement. Participation is on a semester basis. The cost is a $25.00 per semester enrollment fee. The deadline to enroll in a TouchNet payment plan is January 15 for spring, and August 20 for fall.
Higher One Monthly Payment Plan (Formerly Sallie Mae)
The Higher One plan enables you to pay all or part of your Albion College fees in monthly installments without interest charges. The plan may also be used to supplement all other forms of financial aid such as grants, loans and/or scholarships. Participation is on an annual or semester basis. The cost is a $55.00 enrollment fee for the academic year, or a $35.00 enrollment fee for one semester. The deadline to enroll in the Higher One payment plan is January 15 for spring, and August 20 for fall.
Payment requirements for students participating in Off-Campus Programs are different than for on-campus students.
Payment in full for the semester is required before the student leaves for the Off-Campus program or by the due date on the semester bill whichever is sooner. (An exception to this is certain Australia Off-Campus programs that start in mid July; payment for these programs is expected by the due date on the bill).
Payment Plans are not permitted for any Off-Campus Programs.
Students must make sure that all Federal loan requirements are completed prior to their departure so that loan funds will be disbursed on time. Alternative loans and PLUS loans should be initiated far enough in advance so that they disburse on or prior to the Off-Campus Program due date.
Please see the Off-Campus Programs Handbook for other information.
Albion students are notorious for being hyper-involved. We attract the kind of minds that invented multitasking, from multiple clubs and majors to Greek Life, sports, and community service.
What you do outside the classroom isn’t just an afterthought. Here, campus activities reflect who you are—and how you learn. Albion students have created more than 100 clubs and organizations to pursue their passions.
Be sure to check the calendar for events and meetings when you visit Albion.
How does Albion manage the million things to do across campus? With the help of the Campus Programs and Organizations Office (CPO). From orientation to the latest concert at the Kellogg Center, CPO is the mastermind behind some of Albion’s most memorable experiences.
The Albion College Information System (ACIS) provides access to many administrative functions for students, faculty and staff. These include course registration, payment of bills, access to grades, and acceptance of financial aid awards.
The following link requires an ACIS ID and PIN to log in. If you have problems logging into the ACIS, please contact the Registrar's office.
Albion College's e-Bill system allows students and authorized users to make payments using e-Check. e-Check allows users to pay online without using a bank or credit card. Instead, users use their checking account to make payments online—eliminating the need for stamps and envelopes. e-Bill also allows students and authorized users to save their payment profile, eliminating the need to enter account information at the time of each payment.
Students can enroll online to receive their student refunds directly deposited into their bank checking or savings account. No need to wait for a paper check to arrive up to three weeks after school starts. eRefunds can be processed as early as the day after the drop/add period ends. Students will receive e-mail notification when their eRefund has been processed and will know when their eRefund will be deposited into their account.
How to Enroll**
1. Go to the ACIS home page to access your account. 2. Log in using your ACIS ID and PIN. 3. Click on Student Information. 4. Click on On Line Account Access. 5. Click on Online Bill & Payment. This will take you away from ACIS to the e-Bill system hosted by TouchNet. This is a secure site. 6. Click on the Create a Refund Profile tab under Quick View. 7. Click on Payment Profile. From there you will be directed to set up you bank account information. 8. Click on the drop down menu and select ‘Electronic Check (Checking) and click on Go. 9. On the Bank Account Information page enter all of the fields and make sure to check the box next to Refund Option. (Please note that only one bank account can be designated to receive refunds). 10. Once you have completed the form and reviewed the accuracy of the account information provided, click on the Save button at the bottom of the page. 11. If you have already saved a payment profile and this is the account you want your refund to go to then all you need to do is check the Refund Option box.
NOTE: It may take up to five business days for your designated account to be verified and available for eRefunds.
** eRefunds can only be designated to an account in the student’s payment profile. This feature is not available to other authorized users.
*** Special Note: Refunds must still requested by the student and verified at the Accounitng Office. Refunds may be requested in person at the Accounting Office or by sending an email to . This e-mail should include the student name, student ID number and a brief statement requesting the refund. The refund should be in the student's bank account within 48 hours after processing the request.
Students can access their 1098T forms through ACIS. They will need their Student ID number and PIN to Log In. Once you have logged in you will click on Student Information, click on Student Records, click on Tax Notification, enter Tax Year, click Submit. You should then be able to print the 1098T for your records.
Why are my Stafford Loan funds not showing as a credit on my bill?
Stafford Loans will appear on the bill when the funds are received from your lender provided you have submitted your green Student Loan Acceptance Form. If you are a freshman, you will receive a pre-printed Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note in the mail that will need to be filled out and returned to your lender before funds will be disbursed to your account. You should deduct approximately three percent (3%) for the loan fees that the government will withhold and the difference should show as a credit on your account when the semester begins. PLEASE NOTE: Loan funds cannot be disbursed to your account prior to ten days before the start of school.
Why are my Perkins Loan funds not showing as a credit on my bill?
If you have received a financial aid award letter which confirms your eligibility for a Perkins Loan, you will be sent a Promissory Note in the mail. Once you have signed the note and returned it to the Financial Aid Office, the full amount will then be applied to your balance due.
Why are my Federal Work Study Funds not showing as a credit on my bill?
Work Study earnings are intended to provide you with a resource to help with your everyday living expenses while you are on campus. As a result, the Work Study funds will not show as a credit on your account. You will receive a monthly paycheck for the hours that you work. This amount may be used to make payments on a deferred agreement.
Why are the scholarships that I am receiving from local agencies in my hometown not showing as a credit on my bill?
External Scholarships will credit to your account when the funds are received from the agency that administers the award. It is our policy to credit one half of the annual amount to each semester to avoid creating problems with the federal or state aid.
Why is my Michigan Competitive Scholarship/Tuition Grant not showing as a credit on my bill?
The grants from the State of Michigan will appear as a credit when the college receives notification from the State that the student's award has been approved for Albion College. If you have recently made arrangements to transfer an award from another college, or if you were a late applicant, you will receive a revised bill when we receive approval for your award from the State. Questions regarding your grants from the State of Michigan can be answered by calling the Office of Scholarships and Grants in Lansing at 1-888-4GRANTS (1-888-447-2687)
Why are my Albion College Grants not showing as a credit on my bill?
Albion College Grants should appear as a credit if a student's financial aid file is complete. If these grants are not showing as a credit, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
Why is my Michigan Education Trust (MET) contract not showing as a credit on my bill?
The amount you specify or the amount set by financial aid will appear as a credit when the funds are received from the State. Albion College receives a roster from the State outlining those students that indicated Albion College as their school of choice. Provided that the appropriate steps were taken to indicate that Albion is the school of choice, the student will appear on the roster. Albion College will invoice the MET for the specified amount. Please note that a final roster isn't received until mid-August. Please visit the MET Web site for the specifics on what to do to have Albion College receive your funds.
How is my HigherOne Monthly Payament Plan (Formerly SallieMae) contract applied to my bill?
When you contract with HigherOne you contract with them for the year. Since the College is only billing for one semester, we will split your HigherOne contract in half and apply that as a direct credit to the account. For example, if you contracted with HigherOne for $10,000 for the year, you will see a credit on this semester's bill for $5,000. You would then expect the same credit for the second semester bill.
e-Bill (electronic billing) is an online interface that enables Albion College students to view their current and previous activity and make electronic payments over the web using credit card and check. Albion College's online billing system is secure and all payments are processed through the TouchNet payment gateway, which utilizes industry-leading security standards.
In addition to viewing term detail and paying bills online, e-Bill allows students and the authorized users they designate to establish payment profiles, and e-Bill also allows students to elect to have their refunds processed electronically into their personal checking or savings account.
Is my personal and payment information safe on e-Bill?
YES! Albion College's online billing system is hosted on a secure server and the personal profile and payment information of students and their authorized users is kept secured using industry-leading security features.
Do I need to sign up or register to use e-Bill?
Students simply log into the e-Bill system using their ACIS username and password. Once logged into e-Bill, students can set up their personal profile, including save payment profiles. Students can also add authorized users to their account, giving those users the ability to log in to e-Bill with the authorized user's email address and password (unique to the authorized user). Authorized users can view term details or make payments.
Who can use e-Bill?
The e-Bill service is available to all Albion College students and their authorized users. Students may elect to give access to their parents, grandparents, guardian, spouse, employer, etc.... All information is kept secure and individual users cannot see or view payment profiles or banking information of other users. Students also have the ability to limit what information their authorized users have access to.
When can I make a payment?
e-Bill is available online any time, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
What is e-billing and online payment?
Electronic billing (e-billing) is an online interface that enables Albion College students to view their current and previous term detail and make electronic payments over the Web using a credit card or check. Albion College's online billing system is secure, and all payments are processed through the TouchNet payment gateway, which utilizes industry-leading security standards.
Who does the notification come from? And how can I make sure the e-mail sent to me is not treated as spam?
The e-mail containing information about your online account will come from . To avoid having this e-mail sent to your junk, spam, or bulk folder, please set up as a contact.
What are the benefits of e-billing and online payment?
Convenient access to term details and making payments.
Payments made online are posted to the student account immediately.
Services are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Account access is available worldwide via the Internet.
Services are private and secure.
Convenient access for authorized payers to view account information and make payment on behalf of the student.
Access to online payment history.
Ability to schedule future payment.
Ability to print term activity at any time via the Internet.
What if I don't feel comfortable paying my bill online. How do I pay my bill?
Paying your bill electronically is optional. You can also pay your bill by mailing the payment to the appropriate address, or delivering your check or cash in person.
Checks should be made payable to Albion College. Please include your Albion College Student ID number on the check.
Checks may be mailed to:
Albion College Attention: Accounting Office 611 East Porter Street Albion, MI 49224
If you prefer to bring your payment to campus in person, please come to the Accounting Office, located on the first floor of the Ferguson Administration Building, Monday through Friday, 8:15 - 4:45 pm.
The Accounting Office is able to process Debit Card payments. You must know your debit PIN #.
The Accounting Office will not be able to accept any payments by phone.
Can I make my payment with a credit card?
Yes. Online only. Albion College will only accept MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. As part of our agreement with our online payment vendor, they will be charging a 2.75% convenience fee for payments made by credit card.
Why isn't VISA accepted?
VISA's rules do not permit the vendor to charge a standard percentage of transactions as a convenience fee. VISA's policy only allows vendors to charge a set transaction fee regardless of how much is charged on the card. It would be difficult for Albion College to designate an appropriate set fee for tuition, room, and board payments, due to the varying payment amounts and payment plans among individual students.
Please note that VISA cards are still accepted at the Albion College bookstore and for Briton Bucks deposits using the online Albion 1Card office and other locations on campus.
Is my personal and payment information safe on e-Bill?
YES! Albion College's online billing system is hosted on a secure Web server, and the personal profile and payment information of students and their authorized users is kept secure using industry-leading security features.
Why did Albion College choose TouchNet services for payment processing rather than accepting direct credit card payment for tuition and fees?
The merchant fees that Albion College pays to accept credit card payments have increased every year. These have become prohibitively expensive. The savings will be used to improve college resources and academic services. In addition, there are new regulations that make the handling of credit card information very difficult. By using TouchNet PayPath services, you can be assured of the highest level of data security.
Is there a charge for e-billing?
No, this service is provided at no additional cost.
Is there a charge for processing an e-check (ACH) payment?
No, this service is provided at no additional cost.
What is an authorized payer or user?
Authorized payers/users may include parents, spouses, relatives, guardians, and employers.The enrolled student must set up access for the authorized payer to view the student's billing information and make payments.
How do students authorize additional payers?
Students have the option to designate authorized payers to view and pay the student bills, such as parents, spouses, relatives, guardians, or employers. Detailed instructions on how to designate an authorized payer will be provided to the student.
How can authorized payers make payment on my behalf?
Students have the option to designate another party to view and pay their bills. This third party will need to be authorized by the student to view the activity and make payment via the payment Web site. The authorized user can then access the Web site directly to view the student's term activity and make payments.
Once the authorized payer has logged into e-billing, the payer can change his/her password, and set up and store his/her own profile and account information. Thereafter, unless authorization is canceled, the third party will be notified via his/her own e-mail address that the student's e-bill is available for viewing. The individual can log into the Web site to view the student's billing information and make a payment. This authorization only gives access to bill details and payment options; authorized payers will not have access to any other student records.
Do authorized payers have to make their payment online?
No. The authorized payer can mail his/her payment (check, cashier's check, money order, or traveler's check) to the appropriate address.
Checks should be made payable to Albion College and include the student's Albion College ID number on the check.
Payments should be mailed to:
Albion College Attention: Accounting Office 611 East Porter Street Albion, MI 49224
How do students set up and access online billing and payment?
Students will log into the e-Bill system using their ACIS username and password. Once logged into e-bill, students set up their personal profile. Students can also add authorized users to their account, giving those users the ability to log in to e-Bill with their own e-mail address and password.
Whom do I contact if I have further questions?
Please contact the Albion College Accounting Office at 517/629-0507 or e-mail .
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