Taking Tuition Mobile

In the age of instant gratification, we are accustomed to immediate information access. So when a website doesn’t display correctly or when we have trouble filling out a form via our smartphone, we are more apt than ever to seek out a vendor who offers the convenience of a mobile application.  The bottom line is that ignoring mobile could very well cost a company a customer.  If you’re still not convinced, check out these compelling statistics from Erik Qualman of Socialnomics.

Tuition payment software users are no exception. Busy parents balancing work, school, and extracurricular activities are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiencies. They want the option to make a tuition payment the minute they get the reminder, perhaps while they’re in line at the grocery store.  They might take the time to apply for financial aid during soccer practice. That means a reliable mobile tuition solution for online payments.

Smart Tuition offers school tuition management solutions for families, providing a mobile application option for their payments and fees. And the latest release of Smart Aid, our financial aid software and assessment tool, will provide families with the option of applying for aid over a mobile device.

If you’d like to know more about our mobile offerings, please click below.

App or Mobile Web?

Now that we have established the importance of going mobile, it is also important to distinguish between a mobile site and a mobile application.  A mobile website is a traditional website that is specifically designed to display on a smaller, handheld device.  However, a mobile application is downloaded to a user’s individual device and can often be accessed without the need for an internet connection.  According to customer and market surveys, user preference for mobile apps far outweighs that of mobile sites. Take a look.

 

app on the web

 

These compelling statistics affirm Smart Tuition’s creation of its mobile app, and apps offer some key benefits.  They allow for more personalization and more data manipulation.  However, when schools and parents do access our system without the app, we have found that building a responsive site is preferred. With a responsive site, you aren’t redirected, and you still get the same experience of your web-based application.

 

Regardless of user preference for apps or mobile sites, Smart Tuition allows you the flexibility of choice.  And as school and parent mobile use continues to rise, we will continue to increase our functionality and intuitive UI/UX.  We promise easy access…on any device.

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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