Nichols College, a Massachusetts-based private institution, has tapped payment services provider ACI Worldwide to simplify its payments processes.

The institution will leverage ACI’s bill payment solution, which enables students to make on-campus purchases via digital channels including text-to-pay as well as digital wallets.

ACI executive vice president Sanjay Gupta said: “With ACI, Nichols College will be able to provide its students with easier ways to pay, satisfying the need for modern payments and a gratifying consumer experience that Millennials and the Gen Z population anticipate.”

The choice of ACI was also triggered by the vendor’s ability to integrate with the institution’s main ERP system Ellucian Colleague.

Commenting on the partnership, Nichols College vice president for business and finance Jamie Skowyra said: “For families and students, paying for college can be stressful. By offering them convenient options to pay their bills on time, we can help take some of that stress out of the equation. We selected ACI for this very reason.

“Its bill payment solution also easily integrates with Ellucian Colleague – the main system through which our students interact with various campus-wide departments.

“This results in not only an improved payment experience, but also increased student satisfaction and less staff time spent on payments.”