Heartland Launches SaaS for Career College Management
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Heartland Payment Systems has launched a new service that handles financial, admissions, and education management, as well as financial aid payments for career colleges. Heartland Smart Ops, powered by the STAR interbank network, is a web-based, integrated school management system intended to help administrators with financial and reporting responsibilities. Smart Ops also has a student portal feature that allows students to pay for tuition and other school-related expenses, and access their grades, class schedules, school event information, and security alerts online.
Heartland is a payments processor, providing card processing, payroll, check management, and other payments solutions. The company developed the service in partnership with Training Masters, a consulting and training company for postsecondary career schools.
Also integrated into Smart Ops are Heartland's core payments solutions for card processing, online payments, check management, and payroll--as well as its Campus OneCard System. The OneCard is a campus card program that can be used for access and security; attendance tracking; and financial aid and work-study funds disbursement.
"Running a school--and staying compliant with regulations for government funding--is extremely complex," said Barry Welsch, director of campus payments at Heartland. "By automating and streamlining processes, administrators can manage their schools more efficiently and focus on their core missions."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.