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MC Debit Card Debuts on Clinton Campus

January 27, 2009

The MC Debit Card is gaining in popularity during its initial year on the Mississippi College campus. At least 1,500 cards are now in use to speed up the process for students to get refunds, new reports show.

The MC card was birthed early in the new year due to a partnership between MC and Higher One, Inc., a Connecticut-based financial services company focused on higher education. MC became the second institution in the Magnolia State to use the new debit card. Hinds Community College was the first. Earlier this month, the University of Southern Mississippi announced its partnership with Higher One to launch the cards on the Hattiesburg campus.

Recently, the Higher One ATM machine was installed in Alumni Hall next-door to the MC Office of Public Safety. The MC Debit Cards began shipping out to students on Jan. 12. Students living on campus should were notified via their MC mailbox. Commuters should receive their card at their permanent address. More than 4,000 students are being contacted to see if they will sign up.

Once students receive their card, they should login to www.mcdebitcard.com and make their refund preference.

The MC Debit Card is not a credit card. It will be needed when students go on-line to make a choice about where they want a financial aid refund sent. By using the MC Debit Card, students can receive their refunds sooner.

Higher One was founded in 2000. Campuses in a number of states from New Jersey to California to southern states like Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida use the card.

A Higher One Implementation team, including MC staff members Cindy Hampton and Bill Cranford, both of the MC Computer Services Office, and controller Cheryl Mobley, are working to make sure the use of the debit cards stays on track.

Since beginning the debit cards, Higher One officials say more than $6 billion has been distributed to more than two million students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities, both public and private, nationwide.

Students with questions can contact customer service at www.mcdebitcard.com or call 1-877-211-2675. For local assistance on the Clinton campus, call 601-925-3307. Students at the MC law school may call 601-925-7110.

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