UW-Stout News Story

Mobile site gives students cell phone access to accounts

January 4, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Stout is making it easier for students to check their accounts, pay tuition bills and buy university apparel and tickets.

A new service, Mobile Bill+Payment, began operating in late December. Students with a cell phone that has Web service can conduct business by going to a special mobile application site, https://epay.uwstout.edu/C21720_tbpmobile.

Or, they can use their phone to scan a QR code — quick response matrix bar code — that takes them to the mobile site. The QR code will be sent to students this week with spring semester billing information.

The new mobile service also will provide students with text alerts about such things as new billing statements, payment due dates and refunds.

“The goal of this is to make all account information easily accessible to students and their parents or sponsors. It puts more control in the students’ hands,” said Rick Olson, director of Student Business Services.

UW-Stout also is adding Mobile MarketPlace. Students can use their phones to access Shoppes@stout, http://shoppes.uwstout.edu, which sells UW-Stout merchandise and tickets. A few shops are available now, with more to be added in the coming months.

The mobile services “enhance software we already use to manage online payments and electronic billing,” Olson added.

The cost of the new mobile services, contracted through TouchNet, is being covered by students. It was approved for two years by a student technology fee committee. After two years, students will have the option to continue the services.

Students do not need to download or pay for an app to use either mobile service. They gain access to their account through a secure login. They also can grant access to their parents or third parties.

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