Smart Tuition Releases New Online Portal for Payments and Donations

Smart Tuition is pleased to announce the release its Buy Now Give Now online donation and payment portal. The new service is provided as part of the Smart Tuition management program for private K-12 schools. It is designed to help schools collect donations and payments from the general public by accessing the payment portal from a school’s website.

Buy Now Give Now offers administrators many unique school payment portal features. School administrators can set up individual items for payment without having to wait for assistance. They pick the color theme and parameters for purchases. Graphics, photos, and messages can be uploaded to describe items. For items that require taxes, a tax calculator is built into the program; and donors can schedule recurring donations from their bank account or credit cards.

Once a school sets up the items or donations on pages, the pages get linked to the school website or student information system site. Give Now donation options are often placed on advancement or support pages for donors to click and give. Buy Now items can be placed on various pages on a school website; for example sporting event tickets or equipment could be available under Athletics; summer camp and uniforms could be available under Summer Sessions. School families or community members go to the website and make payments and donations quickly and easily. Administrators can easily view purchase and donation data in online and downloadable reports.

In addition to the new Buy Now Give Now feature, Smart Tuition’s program includes: Invoicing of tuition and fees, online account records for family payers, multiple payment plan choices, a variety of methods for payment, 24 hour customer service, late payer follow up services for past due accounts, and mobile applications and responsive design for use on Apple and Android tablets and phones. The company also offers Smart Aid, a financial aid need assessment process designed to help schools faithfully allocate financial aid awards to appropriate families.

Matt Knapp, President and CEO of Smart Tuition, is certain that adding Buy Now Give Now to the Smart Tuition program will please schools tremendously. “Our client schools have been asking for a payment portal for many years. Buy Now Give Now goes above and beyond expectations because it solves many concerns that schools have with other portals and it makes it really easy for families and community members to pay and make recurring donations.”

Existing Smart Tuition client schools can begin using the Buy Now Give Now payment portal website immediately as it is an integrated part of the tuition management program. For schools that do not have the Smart Tuition program, please contact Smart Tuition today to learn how your school can take advantage of Smart’s full suite of services that include tuition management, invoicing, payment processing, and account reporting. Call us today at (800) 762-7808 to schedule an appointment with a representative.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marla Leung

Marla Leung

As a former international school principal, teacher, sales representative, and marketing director, Marla brings a wealth of business and education experience to Smart Tuition. Prior to joining Smart, Marla managed the southeast sales region for Tuition Management Systems. Her knowledge of private and faith based schools and the tuition industry made her a natural choice to be our Director of Communications. Marla has an Ed.S degree in Educational Leadership. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Communication, Marla is at ease speaking in front of groups; in fact, she has been a featured presenter at regional and national associations on topics of importance to school business officers.

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