Schools have the ability to set-up what kinds of payments are accepted for the exams. TR has found that it is very helpful to give families clear guidance regarding the forms of payment accepted.
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TR has two payment options.
- No Online Payment - All payments will be collected at school. Students will print a confirmation and return it to school with their payment. Schools will need to receive the payment according to district policy and record the payment in TR. TR has created two simple utilities to record payments. Recording payments allows the system to keep track of who still needs to pay. There is a utility in TR for schools to send emails to students with a balance due.
- Total Registration Sells Exams - TR offers an option where schools elect for TR to sell the exams. With this option, all students will purchase their exams from Total Registration, either online with a debit or credit card or by mail with a personal check, cashier's check or money order. This option removes all the payments from school as TR will process and record all payments. This option is extremely convenient for families as they can pay their fees online on the registration site, without visiting another web store. Since TR sells the exams, schools do not need to set-up a merchant account and gateway, saving set-up fees and monthly fees. The cost of this option is 4.0% ($1.10 minimum) of the fees students pay. Most schools pass the cost of this convenience on to families by increasing the exam cost.
You can also direct students to your school's webstore to make an online payment by choosing No Online Payment and then following the steps described in "Adding Payment Link to Registration."
Schools using Total Registration's payment processing for AP exams can configure a partial payments option. Total Registration will charge a $2.75 fee for each payment made less than the remaining balance. For example, if a family makes two payments they will be charged one partial payment fee as the first payment is less than the amount due and the second is equal to the outstanding balance. The processing fee for partial payments is paid to TR (the school does not receive this fee) and is non-refundable. Schools have the ability to set the minimum allowable payment, either a total amount or the minimum per exam, limiting the number of payments a family can make.