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Jul 1, 2009 12:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton considers accepting credit card payments for tuition

Jul 1, 2009 12:54 PM

Members of the Bridgehampton School Board are considering accepting credit card payments for out-of-district students who pay tuition.

The discussion came up, for the second time in a month, at a board meeting last week. Members are currently evaluating how to accept tuition payments and how to ensure that payments are received on time.

On both occasions, board member Joseph Berhalter said he was concerned that the business office was functioning as a collections unit because some students were behind on their payments. “I’m against the effort we have to go through to collect the tuition,” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the business office or to the students.”

At their meeting on Wednesday, June 24, board members said they should consider accepting credit cards, which might make it easier for some people to make their payments on time. Even though Mr. Berhalter argued that people who pay late once will likely do it again, even if credit card payments are accepted, School Board Vice President Elizabeth Kotz suggested that they add language to the district’s contracts with students that payments would be expected on time if they are made with a credit card.

Annual tuition costs at Bridgehampton School range from $2,500 for a half-day pre-kindergarten student to $15,000 for students in grades nine through 12. Students with special needs are charged additional fees.

Board members decided to table the issue.

Caroline Simson

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