Setting Up your ePayment Services

1. Plan

Contact the Webmaster's Office and discuss the feasibility of your ePayment plans. This is important: several ePayment users have found that ePayment is much more difficult than expected.

2. Create Merchant Account

Contact Millicent Grant in the Controller's Office to get your merchant account set up.

3. Give Information to the Webmaster's Office

After the Controller's Office sets up your merchant account, you must provide all the following information to the Webmaster's Office.

  • Contact information for a designated contact person, including that person's name, email address, and phone number. This is who customers will contact with any questions. Also, this email address will be the "from" address on emailed receipts.
  • All acct/fund/org numbers you will use for the accounting transactions generated by your transactions.
  • Exact URL of the web page that will submit transaction data to the ePayment system.
  • The ID numbers and email addresses of everybody who should have permission to view your merchant transaction records.
  • The source code you will use. (It's the first two letters of the invoice number.)

4. Build Merchant Application

You may begin building your merchant application at any time. Just understand that it will not work properly until the merchant account is completely set up. Please read and understand all pages on this site before building the merchant application. It may be helpful to get guidance from other SMU employees who have prior experience setting up merchant applications.

5. Testing

It is strongly recommended that you test your merchant application by "rigging" it to do $0.01 transactions. That way you can thoroughly test with real credit cards, and it will cost you virtually nothing.