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Merchant Account Setup

Card Processor 3Departments with a business need to accept and process credit/debit card payments as a form of payment for goods/and or services, receipt of donations, non-tuition courses, conferences, seminars, tickets, and other approved University of Southern Mississippi related products, will need to complete an Application for a Department Merchant Account. 

Please review the checklist below to begin setting up a new merchant account. 

Checklist for Setting up a New Merchant Account:

  • Read the Payment Card Security Policy, Administration and Department Payment Card Procedures, and Department Payment Card Responsibilities.
  • Create a Departmental Cash Policy for your area using the Cash Handling Policy Template provided, which includes payment card procedures that comply with the University‚Äôs cash handling policy. (If you already have a cash handling policy, you will add payment card information to your current policy.)
  • Complete the Merchant Application.
  • Send a copy of the Merchant Application, a copy of the Departmental Cash Policy, and the UBIT questionnaire to Tax Compliance for approval. [taxcompliance@usm.edu] (A link to the UBIT questionnaire is provided in the Merchant Application.)
  • Complete Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards training.  A link to the training will be provided after the merchant account is created.
  • Complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire attesting to your compliance. (This will also be done after the merchant account is created.) 
     
Pertinent Links: 

Payment Card Security Policy
Administration and Department Payment Card Procedures 
Department Payment Card Responsibilities 
Cash Handling Policy Template 

 

For questions pertaining to merchant account set up,

please email Latasha%20Peters .

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