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San Jacinto College Introduces the San Jac Card for Financial Aid Distribution

Administrators say they need a more efficient and secure process!

Pasadena, Texas – March 30, 2010 – San Jacinto College (SJC) is partnering with technology and payment services company, Higher One to implement a faster way for students to receive their financial aid.

Beginning in April, all SJC students will receive a San Jac Card in the mail, whether they are scheduled to receive financial aid or not. These debit MasterCards will facilitate refunds and  ensure faster delivery of funds through electronic means, ending the process of issuing paper financial aid checks.

“We decided to select Higher One as our refund distribution company at San Jacinto College because we wanted to lower our overall costs of the refund process,” said Bill Dickerson, director of accounting and financial services. “Higher One has a nationwide presence with proven expertise in the field of refund management. We also liked the fact that they are dedicated to higher education.”

It is important that students activate their San Jac Card via the website listed on the back of the card immediately upon receipt and keep it throughout their entire duration with the college for future financial aid uses. New incoming SJC students will be issued their San Jac Cards at the beginning of their first semester.

During the activation process, students will be asked to confirm their primary e-mail and mailing addresses and select from a number of electronic options on how they would like to receive their funds.

“Students no longer have to wait for a check in the mail, or wait in long lines to pick it up on campus,” said Aaron Poach, campus relations coordinator with Higher One. “Rather, the money is transferred more quickly and safer than before through the San Jac card.”

Students may also opt to open a OneAccount, an FDIC-Insured checking account provided by Higher One. Other advantages with the San Jac Card include worldwide MasterCard acceptance, text message and e-mail notifications, and online bill pay. Parents may also deposit money onto card.

Once a student graduates, he or she may choose to continue using their San Jac Card, continuing their affiliation with the college.

“This is going to be a great improvement,” said SJC student Justin Birkner. “Students won’t have to worry about a lost paper check anymore. It’s just a big update of the whole financial aid system.”

More information about the San Jac Card can be found online at www.sanjaccard.com.


About Higher One:

Founded in 2000, Higher One is the leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and provide enhanced service to students. Through a full array of services from refunds, payments, electronic billing, payment plans and more, Higher One works closely with colleges and universities to ensure students receive financial aid refunds quickly, can pay tuition and bills online, make on-campus and community purchases, and learn the basics of financial management.

Higher One provides its services to distinguished public and private higher education institutions throughout the country that have a total enrollment of more than 4 million students. More information about Higher One can be found at HigherOne.com


About San Jacinto College:

San Jacinto College serves more than 27,000 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come to San Jacinto College with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or visit www.sanjac.edu.


Media Contacts:

Kelly Rohrs                                                                              Melissa Kanter

Edelman                                                                                  Edelman         

212.819.4852                                                                          212.704.8261

kelly.rohrs@edelman.com                                                     melissa.kanter@edelman.com







Before Higher One, our students only had one way to get their refunds, and that was by paper check. With Higher One processing refunds for us, it has allowed us to provide more options for our students without having to enter and store student banking information. We also no longer have to handle sorting, stuffing and mailing thousands of checks.Suzanne ClaggettUniversity of West Florida
Higher One’s experience with college students and their focus on serving colleges distinguishes Higher One from all other financial service providers. We really liked the fact that the community college customer base is expanding for Higher One.Carla Chance St. Louis Community College

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