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CardinalPAY Instructions for Guest Payers

Making Guest Payments

Navigate to CardinalPAY for Guest Payers
Enter the student's CUA ID number, last name, and first name in the fields on the screen.  Click Search.

At the results screen, verify that this is the student for whom you wish to make a payment. Click CardinalPAY. CardinalPAY will open in a pop-up window; popup blocker on your browser must be turned off.

The next page will display three types of payments: tuition and fees, housing deposit, and enrollment deposit.  Click the PAY button next to the payment type you want.

Enter the dollar amount of the payment you wish to make (at least $1.00).

Select the type of payment you wish to make: eCheck or Credit Card (which includes debit cards). Click Continue.

If you select eCheck, the eCheck Payment screen will appear.  If you select Credit Card, the Credit Card payment screen appears.

e-Check. This is a payment directly from your checking or savings account. In order to make an e-Check payment, you will need:

  • the name of the bank account holder
  • the account type (checking or savings)
  • the bank routing number (9 digits)
  • the checking or savings account number (the second set of digits on your check, excluding the check number)
  • Some bank accounts, such as investment accounts, money market accounts, home equity loans, and HELOCs (home equity line of credit) do not allow on-line (ACH) payments and may not be used for the e-Check option. Please check with the financial institution which holds the account to find out if it allows an on-line (ACH) payment before you enter the payment transaction.

Credit or Debit Card (Discover, American Express, MasterCard).  In order to make a credit or debit card payment, you will need:

  • the cardholder's name
  • the card type (American Express, Discover, MasterCard)
  • the credit card number
  • the credit card expiration date
  • your e-mail address for contact information

Debit cards usually have a daily limit;  verify this limit with the issuing bank before processing your payment.

A nonrefundable 2.75% service fee is assessed to the cardholder for credit and debit card payments.  There is no charge for e-check payments.

Select the term to which your payment is to be applied, for example, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, etc.

Once the payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation number by e-mail to the address you provided when making the payment. The payment will be applied immediately to your student's account in most cases.

For information about other payment options,

click here.

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