Pay Lunch Account Online with Dwolla
You can now make payments online - using a computer or smart phone - into your child’s lunch account at BCLUW, using a payment system called “Dwolla” that was built here in Iowa. Dwolla allows you to easily make online payments from any bank account (savings or checking) to BCLUW, and eliminates the hassle (to you) of sending checks or cash, and high transaction fees (to the school) of using a credit card-based payment system.
This system also allows anyone else (such as other family members) with a Dwolla account, regardless of where they live, to easily make payments to your child’s lunch account. We also plan to expand this system at BCLUW in the near future to also allow you to pay for other items, such as registration / book fees and certain fundraiser items. You can also make single payments, or easily set up recurring payments (such as weekly or monthly) into your family’s lunch account.
IMPORTANT: You must sign up for a Dwolla account to pay through this service. There is no cost to sign up for Dwolla, and no additional fee to you when sending payments to BCLUW using this system. You can go to www.dwolla.com to learn more about their payment system, and to sign up. You will need to have an active savings or checking account to use the service. Credit/Debit cards are not accepted. You will need to verify your funding source bank account using a few security measures, which will take 2-3 days, before you can make a payment.
If you have questions regarding registration or any other Dwolla related questions, please contact Dwolla Support at 1.888.289.8744 or firstname.lastname@example.org . BCLUW's point of contact with Dwolla is Ian Zimmerman, and he would happy to assist any of our parents with questions on the process.
Feel free to also contact Ben Petty, BCLUW Superintendent (who is currently using this process to pay his children's lunch account) with questions about how this works at BCLUW
How long does it take a payment to process? There are two answers -
1. Payments from your bank to the school using dwolla typically take ~ 3 days (as "pending") before processed.
2. If you "deposit" (into your personal dwolla account from a bank account), once the ~ 3 day processing time has occurred, those funds (or any portion of them) are then available to send at any time / immediately to the school (or other merchant that accepts dwolla).
Who else accepts Dwolla? Go HERE