1. What are Bill Pay Features & Functionalities?
The Bill Pay offers improved features and functionalities such as:
- More flexibility in scheduling options
- Enhanced eBills
- Payment scheduling options that interact with your eBills
- Rush payment options
- Later cutoff times
- The ability to group similar biller/payees together in categories
- Payments scheduled by a “Deliver By” date rather than a mail date
- The ability to schedule payment reminders
- Payment monitoring
- Alerts and enhanced fraud monitoring to protect you from unauthorized payments.
- The Bill Pay tutorial video provides detailed demonstrations and lots of information about how use the Bill Pay
2. What does “Deliver By” date mean?
The “Deliver By” date is the date the biller/payee will receive the payment. If the payment is sent electronically, this will also be the date that the funds will be withdrawn from your account. If the payment is sent by check, the funds will be withdrawn from your account when the bill is presented to Worcester Credit Union for payment.
3. Why do I have to select a funding account?
The first time using our new Bill Pay, you will need to select a funding account (the account that will be used to pay the bill, typically your Worcester Credit Union checking account) when processing a payment for each biller/payee. Once you have selected the funding account it will be saved for that biller/payee.
4. Why do I have to re-enroll in eBills?
With our new Bill Pay upgrade, we have made some major improvements to our eBill process. By re-enrolling in our new and improved eBill system, you will have access to new features such as PDF copies of your bill, eBill alerts and new payment options that will allow you to schedule one time and recurring payments based on your eBill each month. If you haven’t already used eBills, this will be the perfect time to start!
5. Why are some payments sent electronically, while others are sent by check?
The method of payment is determined by the biller/payee. Some biller/payees may also set certain dollar limits for what payments are sent electronically and what payments are sent by check. This means that your payment could be sent electronically, and other times, a payment to that same biller/payee could be sent via check.
6. How does the Bill Pay make paying bills so easy?
Rather than writing checks to the same biller/payee each and every month, you establish a biller/payee list. Then, each month it’s just a matter of pointing and clicking on a biller/payee, entering a date and amount that you would like to pay. You have the option of scheduling payments or setting up recurring payments, as well as having the control to make your payments at your convenience.
7. How are my bills paid?
Online Bill Pay works in two ways, we may prepare and mail a check for you, or the payment may be sent electronically. The funds are taken directly from your Worcester Credit Union checking account. Simply enter the date you would like your payment to be delivered by and Bill Pay will take care of getting it there on time.
8. What happens if I don’t have enough money in my account?
If you do not have enough money in your account on the “Deliver By” date, the payment will still have been sent to the biller/payee and you could receive an insufficient funds charge (as disclosed in our schedule of fees). We will try to collect payment a second time within 24-48 hours of the “Deliver by” date. If at that time you still do not have sufficient funds, a second insufficient funds charge may be assessed to your account.
If necessary we will contact you directly to satisfy any outstanding negative balance. Your access to Bill Pay may also be restricted until the negative balance is paid.
9. How does the new Bill Pay system help to protect me and my account from fraudulent bill payments?
With our new and enhanced Bill Pay, every payment is evaluated to ensure that it is within your normal behavior as well as a within the normal behavior for that biller/payee. If we have any questions regarding any of your payments, the payment may be held for 48 hours while we try to contact you for verification. If we are unable to contact you, the payment may be cancelled to protect your account.
10. How can I change the funding account I have set up for a specific biller/payee?
To choose a different funding account for a specific biller/payee, simply select a new account from the “Pay From” drop down menu.
11. What if I need to change the funding account for my recurring payments?
Changing the default funding account for recurring payments is easy in our new Bill Pay. Simply select the “Accounts” tab and select the “Move Payments” link from the existing funding account. Select the new account from the “Move to this Account” drop down and click the “Move Payments” button.
12. Can I cancel a Scheduled Payment?
You may cancel or edit any Scheduled Payment (including recurring payments) by selecting the “Change” or “Cancel” links within the Pending Payments section of the Bill Pay system. There is no charge for canceling or editing a Scheduled Payment. However, once the payment has begun processing – and you will see the message “processing” next to the pending item – it cannot be cancelled or edited; therefore a stop payment request must be submitted.
13. Can I pay a person through the Bill Payment system?
Yes, check payments can be sent to an individual from within the Bill Payment system. To send a check payment to an individual, click the “Add a Company or Person” button from within the Payment Center and select the “Person Tab.” You must be able to supply enough information on that person, such as name and full address for them to be created as a biller/payee.
14. How can I add a new biller/payee?
Click the “Add a Company or Person” button from within the Payment Center and select the “Company Tab.” You can either search for the company in the “Search” bar, or you can select the company from the list of major biller/payees. When adding a major biller/payee, the biller/payee information has already been identified by the Bill Pay system, therefore, all you need to do is enter your account information for that major biller/payee. For smaller businesses or local businesses, the biller/payee information may not be readily available, therefore, you may need to enter more information about the business such as mailing address and phone number.
15. How can I organize my list of billers/payees?
To organize your list of biller/payees, select the “Organize my List” link from the Payment Center. This will allow you to group biller/payees together in categories in a way that works for you.
16. What are Bill Pay eBills?
eBills through Bill Pay is the presentment of your electronic bills directly within the Bill Pay system. You are actually getting your billing statement in electronic form. For example most electric company and telephone bill statements can be received and viewed as eBills.
17. How do I know if a company participates in eBills?
To see if a company participates in eBills, you can search for them at eBillPlace
18. What information is required to enroll for an eBill?
Often, only the biller/payee name and account number are required, although some do require an additional field for validation, such as ZIP or phone number.