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Say goodbye to paper bills beginning March 1

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2005) -- In an effort by the university to become more cost and time efficient, Ohio University's Office of the Bursar has announced that beginning March 1, students will no longer receive a paper bill via U.S. mail, but will have their statements available online at www.finance.ohiou.edu/bursar/. The last paper bill will be sent Feb. 1.

"The delivery and payment of bills over the Internet offers many advantages. The electronic system will provide a better communication link between the Bursar's Office and our students, lower processing costs and offer greater convenience," says Sherry Downs, university bursar. "Paperless billing will save the university approximately $100,000 per year."

Students will receive a notification to their e-mail Oak accounts when their e-bills are available for viewing and payment. By using their Oak ID and password, students will have access to their online statements. The statement will be updated daily, and the Bursar's Office Web site will offer 24 hour access to students' most current bills. Students will also be able to set up separate log-in accounts for other individuals they want to have access to their billing information, such as parents or spouses.

Payments can be made online with a credit card or e-check from the link on the online e-bill. Students will also be able to waive health insurance and/or student legal services coverage online.

"Electronic bills will be more efficient for both the university and our students," says Larry Corrigan, interim vice president for finance and administration. "By taking advantage of technology and the Internet, we can streamline the payment process."

All former payment options still exist. Students can print their e-bill to send through U.S. mail or pay their bill in person at the Cashier's Office, which is located on the ground floor of Chubb Hall or at one of the regional campuses.

Billing is one of the many areas no longer using paper mail. Students already receive their class schedules and grade reports via e-mail/Internet.

For more information, contact the Office of the Bursar at (740) 593-4130, bursar@ohio.edu or www.finance.ohiou.edu/bursar/.  

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Media Contacts: University Bursar Sherry Downs, (740) 593-4129 or downs@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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