Case Study

FASNY improves on-time tuition payments
with greater control and flexibility.

School profile

The French-American School of New York is an international private school serving more than 850 students in the greater New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut areas. Its rigorous academic program, taught in French and English, is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization, the French Ministry of National Education, the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).


While the tuition management company would send monthly reminders to families to make a tuition payment; they were not always effective in collecting it. At the end of the year, we would still have to reach out to each family and complete the job that the TMC was not performing.”

— Stéphanie Reyna, Finance Assistant and Financial Aid Coordinator, French American School of New York


In a nutshell

Faster payment receipt

Receive tuition funds in days rather than weeks

Hassle-free payment processing

On-line payments and on-demand reporting eliminates the time it takes to manually process, track and reconcile paper checks

Virtually eliminated late payments

Customizable plans accommodate various family payment requirements and allow the business office to proactively follow-up with families to avoid late payments

Happy parents

Streamlined process provides an exceptional payment experience, reduces late fees and improves parent relationships


The challenges

Provide a better payment processing experience

Every family has a different set of needs when it comes to paying for private school. The Johnsons may want to pay their tuition all at once, while the Smiths may want spread out their payments over 10 months. Although tuition management companies (TMC) send monthly bills and create payment plans, they often have strict guidelines that can result in incremental fees if payments are late, in addition to increasing administrative workload for school staff.


The TMC we worked with in the past was too rigid to accommodate the school’s and families’ needs.”

— Stéphanie Reyna

Community needs inform the solution selection process

To better fulfill the needs of their families, Stéphanie started to research other tuition payment solutions, including bringing the entire process in-house. She evaluated the needs of the families, how much it would cost, the tools and processes needed to manage the program. Her goal was finding a solution that could reduce the paper work associated with sending invoices and manually processing payments.

She learned families wanted the flexibility to pay according to their timetable, and discovered that even with an outside tuition management company, the school needed to spend time, tracking down payments and contacting families. In addition, the school needed to wait up to 30 days to receive payments and have visibility into payment details.

With the research complete, and a plan in hand, Stéphanie approached the school CFO and other stakeholders and asked to bring the payment process in-house. Her presentation emphasized that with Diamond Mind TuitionPay, the school would have greater control over the payment process, provide more options for families, and reduce the time and cost associated with tracking down and reconciling payments.

The solution

Streamline payment management

Initially payments were only accepted on the first of the month; however, the school learned that some families did not get paid until mid-month and therefore added a second payment deadline. Similar to TMC plans, the school added a $45 annual fee per student to use the new plan – a fee that families did not mind paying given the ease and flexibility of the new self-service system. “The system was easy to set up, and tailoring payment options to our needs was simple as well. In no time, we had much more control and flexibility over our payment process and management,” said Stéphanie.

Flexible payment plans

To help families register for the new tuition management system, Stéphanie quickly created an online enrollment form and posted it on the school website. The form allows families to select the payment plan that best suits their needs. Using an email system, statements are automatically emailed based on a family’s selected tuition payment plan. Having everything online makes the process much easier, and reduces the amount of calls and tracking down of paper checks.

The result

Better tuition payment experience

Using Diamond Mind TuitionPay, The French American School of New York realizes payments in days rather than weeks. With greater flexibility, more parents started processing tuition online and payment follow up calls and fees for missed payments were significantly reduced.

To further minimize late payments, the intuitive on-demand reporting capabilities allow the school business office to identify when a family might be having a financial issue. In these cases, business officers can contact the family directly to see if they need to adjust the payment plan, use a custom payment option and determine how the school can better accommodate the family’s needs. According to Stéphanie, this flexible, proactive approach not only reduces family stress, but also decreases payment related issues and supports improves the re-enrollment experience.


The system was easy to set up, and tailoring payment options to our needs was simple as well. In no time, we had much more control and flexibility over our payment process and management.”

— Stéphanie Reyna, Finance Assistant and Financial Aid Coordinator, French American School of New York

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