ONLINE
PAYMENT
SOLUTION
Acorn is the complete
online payment solution
for K-12 school districts.
        
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Acorn Online Payments is the parent portal and online payment component to Acorn School Fee Management that allows K-12 School Districts to accept credit card, debit, and e-check payments through a fully-customized website.

Secure online payments result in faster, more reliable payments from parents, reducing the risk of cash handling and the amount of paperwork at schools.

Increase school revenue.
Collect secure online payments.

ACORN allows parents to add school fees to their shopping cart and make a single online payment covering multiple children at different schools.
How acorn online payments work
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How online payments work

How do online payments work?

Acorn Online Payments is the parent access and online payment component to Acorn School Fee Management. The website synchronizes with the student information and fee structure in Acorn to create payable items online.

How do parents log in?
If School Districts use an existing parent portal, Acorn Online Payments can authenticate user accounts and parent-child relationships with Single Sign-On technology. Parents do not need to create a separate account.


What do parents see online?

Parents can see all of their children's fees in a single parent account. Student fee assessment is personalized and only those school fees specific to each student will be listed for payment online.


How do parents pay?

Parents can add student fees and optional items to their shopping cart and make a single online payment covering multiple children at different schools. They can use credit cards, online debit, or electronic checks to pay for items. Partial payment plans and financial assistance options are also available.


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Where does the money go?
Payments are instantly deposited into your School District's merchant account and then automatically batched and allocated to the appropriate General Ledger accounts in Acorn School Fee Management. Any payments made by parents online will also appear instantly on student account balances.





Why acorn online payments?
Secure.  Convenient.  Cost-effective.
Save Time

Save time for all parties by collecting and processing school online payments, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instead of physically taking checks and cash to the bank, online payments are instantly deposited in to your district merchant account.

Increase School Revenue

By accepting Acorn Online Payments, your district will increase collections and receive faster more reliable payments from parents, without the hassle of NSF charges or unreliable cash handling.

Personalize Student Billing

By integrating with the data in your Student Information System (SIS), only those school fees specific to each student will be listed for payment.

Eliminate Double Entry of Transactions

Acorn online payments are automatically allocated to the appropriate General Ledger accounts and instantly appear on student accounts in Acorn School Fee Management.

Customize your website

The Acorn parent portal can be fully customized with a banner featuring your school district's name, colors, and official logo.  When parents log in to pay for fees, they feel safe and secure knowing their payments are going to the right place.

Increase Safety and Security

All transactions in Acorn Online Payments are made via secure and fully encrypted connections.  Rycor is certified PCI compliant by Trustwave® to process credit card information and uses VeriSign SSL certificates to maintain secure transactions.



Features
Powerful features for parents and schools.
PARENT FEATURES
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Easy-to-read online student accounts
  • Personalized student billing - only those school fees specific to each student will appear on parent accounts
  • Quick and secure parent sign-up and authentication
  • Single Sign-On capability with existing school portals
  • Multiple children at different schools can be paid for in a single transaction
  • Customized website banner with school district colors and logo
PAYMENT & ACCOUNTING FEATURES
  • Instant payment postings to Acorn School Fee Management
  • Online payment integration with Moneris® Solutions and Chase Paymentech™
  • Customized payment plans
  • Pre-authorized credit card payments
  • Financial assistance options
  • Automatic distribution of payment funds into batches and GL accounts
  • Accepted methods of payment are Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Interac Online and ACH Electronic Check
  • Direct deposit of all online payments into school merchant accounts

SECURITY FEATURES
  • PCI Compliance certification by Trustwave® to process credit card information
  • VeriSign SSL certificates to maintain secure and fully encrypted transactions
  • All data hosted at SSAE 16 Type II and CSAE 3416 certified off-site data center
  • Credit card information is not stored
  • Scalable solution that handles a large number of concurrent transactions
Benefits
Save on time, money, and valuable resources.

24/7 Convenience for Parents
With online payment processing, parents can pay for school fees anywhere and anytime as long as they have access to the Internet.

Modernize School Payment Processing
Leave risky cash handling and wasteful paperwork behind by accepting secure online payments.

Safer Schools
Accepting online payments from parents eliminates the need for children to carry cash and checks to and from school.

Prevent Fraud
Detailed transaction history creates an easy-to-follow trail that auditors love. This increases transparency and accountability in school financial practices.

Balance your Books
All the back-end accounting of school online payments is taken care of with automatic GL account allocation so money always goes to the right place.

More Instructional Time
Let teachers do what they do best - teach students. With school online payments, teachers do not have to collect money during class time.

  • Rycor helped us integrate their online payment solution with our existing parent portal, adding the secure feature of Single Sign-On.
    - Debbie H
    Edmonton Catholic Schools
    Edmonton, AB
  • Our parents LOVE the convenience of paying textbook rental online, for all of their children at one time.
    - Christi C
    Carmel Clay Schools
    Carmel, IN
  • The Acorn user interface and online payment portal are very user friendly. We have been able to obtain greater control over our district finances
    - John J
    Glenbard Township High School District #87
    Glen Ellyn, IL