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This system enables credit/debit card payments to be made against students' accounts using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator versions 4 or above. Our secure-server software encrypts all sensitive information using industry-standard technology.
To protect your security, please ensure you close your browser after completing the payment process.
This is your own unique University reference number - it takes the form of 5 letters, always in CAPITALS, followed by 5 numbers, e.g. SMITH12345. It is displayed on all student registration cards and all accommodation invoices. Undergraduates PRIDís will be assigned once they have chosen Essex as their firm choice on UCAS Track and will be able to view their PRID in their applicant portal.
Postgraduates: PRIDís are allocated to all applicants who have accepted their place from April onwards when the Accommodation online booking facility is available. Applicants receive their PRIDs by email at the time the PRID is assigned.
We accept all major Mastercards, Visa cards and Switch cards. We do not however accept American Express or Diners Club cards, due to the high rates of commission charged.
Please also be aware that some cards such as Electron are not capable of being used for online transactions - your bank will advise you if your card is subject to such restrictions.
The Specified Payment screen is intended for use by registered students, so that you can review your outstanding invoices, and select which one to pay. You will need to be registered, with an active user name and password.
The Unspecified Payment screen does not require you to be registered, or have an active user name. Since all you need to know is your PRID and date of birth, it is ideal for use by parents, or if you know the amount you wish to pay.
If you are using the "Specified Payment" screen, you need to be very careful that the user name and password are entered correctly, i.e. in capitals or lower case, depending on how you entered your password originally.
If you enter either incorrectly, you will not be able to progress to the next screen. You are allowed 3 attempts to enter your user name and password correctly. If this happens, it is best to make the payment using the "Unspecified Payment" screen, and report your problems to the Computer Help Desk. Please note that the above problem can arise within 2 days of being registered, due to all the University computer systems being updated.
If you have more than one invoice, you may find it works better to pay one at a time.
If there is no radio button in the 'paying in full?' column and there is no empty dialog box for 'amount you will pay', there is a browser compatibility problem. Use another browser.
If you are using the "Unspecified Payment" screen, and you are advised that you have entered an incorrect PRID, please try again, making sure the PRID is entered in capitals. If this is still rejected, it could be that our records contain an incorrect date of birth. To check that, please either e-mail email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1206 872168.
If you get a blank screen after pressing the 'Transmit' button on the Netbanx payment form, it is because you using a debit card and have entered the number at the bottom of the card called 'card number' into the payment form field called 'card number'. You will not have been charged when you get this blank screen. The number you should enter in the payment form is in fact the long number right across the centre of your debit card.
If after entering your credit card details, and selecting the transmit button, you are advised "Authorisation has failed", there are several reasons why this may have happened:
If your card is declined you can try again, but for security reasons, your bank will normally allow only three consecutive attempts, after which the card may then be blocked for the rest of the day. The University is not advised by the banks why individual transactions are declined - for your own security, only the cardholder can be advised by their own bank why a card is declined.
All payments made via the Online Payment System update the screens as soon as the payment is authorised. Invoices paid using "Specified Payments" will be cleared from the screen.
If you pay using the "Unspecified Payments" screen, the payment will appear as a credit as soon as the payment is authorised. Staff in the Finance Office will match the payment to the appropriate invoice on the next working day, and will be reflected on the Online Payment System the subsequent working day.
All other transactions on a student's account (e.g. payments made at the Cashiers Office, new invoices added etc.) are updated overnight.
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We are always looking at how the web payment system could be improved - as a user of this system, we would welcome any feedback you wish to make concerning the web payment pages. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.