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A Closer Look at Blackbaud Tuition Management

December 3, 2018

Your mission is to educate and develop the world’s next generation of leaders and responsible citizens. To do that, your school needs to grow as a financially sustainable organization. Blackbaud Tuition ManagementTM (formerly Blackbaud Smart TuitionTM) provides the services and business intelligence you need to accomplish this goal. Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly Blackbaud Smart Tuition) allows you to consolidate billing and payments into a subsidiary ledger for your business office, while giving your families a variety of ways to pay tuition and fees. This means no more double data entry for you, and your families get a modern, online user experience.

Managing More Than Tuition Payments

Tuition and Fees Account Billing

  • Fees can be easily added to an individual family bill or to a group of accounts
  • Tuition and fees are itemized separately on the invoice and online account

Shopping Cart Optional Fees

  • Your school can list optional fees in pick-and-pay style
  • Selected fees will appear on the family account (no invoice is sent)
  • Optional fees are useful for one-time purchases or events—like yearbook, homecoming, graduation, sports, and club items

Extended Care

  • Charges can be tabulated and added for weekly, daily, or drop-in extended care services
  • Fees automatically appear on the family account and monthly invoice

Payment Portals for Optional Fees

  • Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly Blackbaud Smart Tuition) includes purchase and donation portals
  • Payments can be made by anyone accessing your school website

Committing to Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the school and payer financial information is our highest priority. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your personal data.


School funds are placed in FDIC-insured custodial accounts. Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly Blackbaud Smart Tuition) maintains professional liability, employee theft, cybersecurity, and general insurance protection.

Security You Can Trust

Information and funds security is an ever-present concern. Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly Blackbaud Smart Tuition) has trustworthy processes in place to reduce risks.

Data Encryption

All payment data is transmitted using 256-bit encryption. This is the industry standard for financial institutions. All payment information is sent through a VPN network.

PCI-DSS Compliance

Blackbaud Tuition Management (formerly Blackbaud Smart Tuition) is Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliant. 

Extending Payment Options for Your Families

  • Check or money order by mail
  • Check online or by phone
  • Automatic debit
  • Online banking service
  • Debit card
  • Cash payments (accepted at over 15,000 off-campus retail locations)
  • Flywire® for international payments
  • Cash payments at school, if permitted
  • Credit cards: VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®
  • VISA Checkout® virtual wallet
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