News from the student accounts office regarding fall 2009 tuition and 
payment changes . . . .   for some reason the online credit card company 
Mason has elected to use does not accept Visa credit cards.

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Subject: 	Credit Card Fee applicable this Fall!
Date: 	Mon, 08 Jun 2009 15:22:32 -0400
From: 	Jennifer Fraedrich <[log in to unmask]>

In case you did not see this new policy:
Process Change for Tuition and Fee Payments for Fall 2009

Beginning with the payment of tuition, fees, room, and board for the 
Fall 2009 semester, Mason's Cash Office will accept only cash, checks 
and online electronic check payments. This new policy also is being 
implemented by other colleges and universities in Virginia and across 
the country.

To accommodate students wishing to pay tuition and fees by credit card, 
Mason has contracted with a third party vendor, TouchNet, who will 
accept American Express, MasterCard and Discover online through the Bill
and Payment System. A 2.75 percent convenience fee will be assessed by 
TouchNet for such credit card payments. VISA card is not currently 
participating in this program. It is estimated that this new policy will
result in an annual savings to Mason of $1.5 million.

Note this policy change impacts only tuition and fee payments beginning 
with the Fall 2009 semester. This does not affect Department Cash 
Receipts, Parking or Mason Money. Questions about this new policy
can be sent to the Student Accounts Office at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Jennifer Fraedrich wrote:
> All:
> Academic Year 2009-2010 has a new fee applied to all tuition, 
> Educational Resource Fee. This fee _*will **not be*_ covered by 
> tuition remission (via tuition waiver or tuition grant). The  student 
> is solely responsible for paying this fee of either $60 or $100 
> (depending upon credit hours per semester) per semester. The college 
> will not be able to waive a late fee for non payment of the 
> Educational Resource Fee.
> Tuition rates for AY 09-10 are found at (second page is per credit 
> hour rates):
> Please let your students know that they will have to pay this fee.
> Jennifer