Free FeePay helps ease cost of school lunch

Paying for all those school lunches just got a whole lot easier and much more convenient in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11.

For a few years, the school district has used FeePay, an online tool parents could use to add money to their students’ meal accounts for school lunches. And while many parents used the convenient tool to keep track of their students’ accounts, there was a small service fee that kept some parents from utilizing FeePay.

This school year, that fee is gone. FeePay is now free.

In addition, starting this year, Anoka-Hennepin’s five traditional high schools will be using FeePay to pay for and register their students into sports and activities online.

Now, instead of writing a check or going to a school to add money to student meal accounts, or to pay for high school activities, parents can do it from the comfort of their couch by using their computer, tablet, or even smart phone.

Eventually, Anoka-Hennepin plans to expand fee pay even further, allowing parents to pay for all fees using FeePay, including field trips, library late fees, costs for classes — everything.

Rolling out the online tool for high school activity registration is just the first step, according to Michelle Vargas, the district’s chief financial officer.

“This will hopefully make things a lot more convenient for parents,” Vargas said. “It’s something of a one-stop shop for parents to handle all the costs and fees for their students.”

To use FeePay, or to log into any of Anoka-Hennepin’s online tools, just visit A-H Connect on the school’s website, at www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ahconnect.

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