New Way To Pay At East Carolina University

If you are an ECU student or parent, then you may have noticed when you went to pay tuition for this upcoming year, that there were some changes in how you can pay.

Some students said they understand the university is trying to save money, but they don't like that it means they have to pay.

ECU officials say this year they have outsourced to a company who takes care of credit card tuition payments.

But because of this there are some changes students should be aware of. Students can only pay with a credit card online. And that new company charges a 2.75 percent agree.

Also, that company does not accept visa cards, so you must pay with a Discover, Mastercard, or American Express.

Some students we talked to say this has made things more of a hassle, and pricey when paying with a credit card.

But ECU officials say the switch is saving the university a lot of money.

If you pay with a check, money order, or cash there is no fee.

ECU officials say this is a change that many universities in the state are going to in order to save money.

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  • by Justice Served Location: Supreme Court on Aug 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Pirates have always been thieves and robbers. Why does this surprise anyone. In the 17th century they used to hang 'em....something to consider.
  • by WOW Location: Greenville on Aug 14, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    This is absolutely ridiculous. This is the reason PCC is having such high enrollment rates, because it's becoming more and more expensive all-around to attend these universities. How can you have the funds to build new housing for the chancellor but the tuition keeps rising and you're steadily inconveniencing the students. I have never seen such bull in all my entire life. They're just slowly ripping people off.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    To Outside Looking In, ECU had the stadium expansion because just about every home game was sold out in no time over the course of the last 4 years. Don't forget the new North Campus Recreational Fields getting an addition off of Highway 264. As an ECU alum I think this is a terrible idea that sounds shady. If they want to save money, then they need to cut out the lights and save electricity. When I was at ECU (August 1995-May 2001) they always left the lights on in every hallway at night, even knowing nobody would be using the hallway until about 7 in the morning. I've noticed the same thing with the Library and the Rec Center when they were closed. That's one of the biggest problems right there is a waste of utilities. I'm very sure most other colliegate institutions are the same way.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Of all the cheap-skate ways to save a buck. Just lost some respect for the ol' purple and gold.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Looks like ECU continues to 'cut its own nose off to spite its face'. No hot water in the administrative buildings, a deteriorating downtown, and rampant crime will just add to the university's demise. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Hey, I bet that's why they added all those new seats to the stadium; gotta get some revenue from somewhere, eh?
  • by anon Location: CA on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Who cares? Its just ECSU, one of the biggest burnout schools in the country. Most kids dont really work hard there anyways so its going to be a waste of money regardless. Any school that isnt met with gainful employment postgraduation is a waste of money....
  • by AirBorne Ranger Location: Winterville on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Tuition for in-state residence for the year is @ $12500, includes housing and meal plan - not books. Enrollment is @ 28000 for 2010. Let's say 1/2 pay by credit card, that's roughly $175 million which at 2.75% this bogus company is making roughly $4.7 million on its' "convenience fee". This is based solely on in-state numbers. If you mix it up with non-resident students whose tuition is 3-4 time in-state you could add another $2 or $3 million to their take. That is a real nice convenience in somebody's pocket. Who really runs this company? You really need to come clean.
  • by Parent Location: NENC on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    I am glad my children had enough sense to transfer to other schools that take VISA....I am an ECU grad and the way they cut parents, who foot the bills, out of the loop is crazy...they will never get another dime of my money...I would rather pay a private college more than to deal with the unnecessary red tape that goes on at this university.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    ME ME ME!!!! Who cares about the students? We are just dollar signs!!! THEY COULD CARE LESS.
  • by NCSU mom Location: Snow Hill on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    NCSU has done the same thing. Crazy! You can't even pay in the cashiers office at State! They can continue to increase tuition and they are trying to raise the cap- so who knows what it will be next school year- Parents needs some relief- the middle bracket makes to much to get any help and not enough to just be able to pay it without struggling! Love my kids!
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