Frequently Asked Bill Pay Questions
Q: How does bill payment work?
A: To help you understand the process, we have provided a diagram.
Q: Is it possible to schedule recurring payments?
A: Yes. You can schedule weekly, semi-monthly and monthly recurring payments. The final
payment of a recurring payment scheme is designated by a 'Final Payment Date.'
Q: How do I register for electronic bill payment?
A: Bill Payment registration is easy!
The first time you attempt to access the bill payment section of Home Banking, you will be prompted to begin online registration. You are first requested to read and accept the authorization disclosure. Failure to accept the disclosure terms prevents the registration process from proceeding.
Once the disclosure is agreed to, you complete the online registration form. After submission, the registration form is electronically fowarded to Strategic Federal Credit Union for review. You will receive an e-mail once your application for online Bill Payment has been approved. Within 1-3 business days you will receive a confirmation e-mail notifying you that your Bill Payment service has been activated.
Q: When I add a new payee to my bill payment account, or change my account number, how quickly will the change take place?
A: When you update the information for the bill payment account, the changes are implemented virtually instantaneously.
Q: Can I receive an annual summary of my bill payments sorted by category or payee?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Can I use electronic bill payment with all my accounts?
A: No, only Draft Checking accounts can be used for bill payment purposes.
Q: When can I start using electronic bill payment?
A: You can begin bill payment once you have received an e-mail stating your Bill Payment Account has been activated.
Q: When is bill payment available?
A: You can schedule payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q: Are my bill payment transactions reflected as Home Banking transactions?
A: All bill payment transactions become part of the Home Banking transaction history and
show up in personal financial management applications when the transaction history is downloaded.
Q: How do I add new payees?
A: You can add payees by accessing the Add Payee screen. New payees will be added to the payee list immediately.
Q: Can bill payment be used when I am out of the country?
A: Bill payment provides you with peace of mind when you are traveling for an
extended period of time. All you need is access to the Internet with a secure browser and
you can pay you bills while out of the country. Payees must be located within the 50 United States and Territories.
Q: Who can be paid using the bill payment system?
A: Anyone in the 50 United States and territories who can accept a check can be paid using the bill payment system. You can pay practically anyone- charge accounts, utilities, auto loans, professionals, even a lawn service or a relative. However, tax payments (such as federal, state and local) and court directed payments (such as alimony and child support) cannot be processed through our online bill payment system.
Q: Can I pay my bills on the weekend?
A: You can set up your payments during the weekend. However, the system will
prohibit you from scheduling a single payment and the first of a recurring payment on
the same weekend. This is because payments scheduled for the weekend are always
processed on the Friday before. Therefore, when scheduling payments on a weekend, the
first day for which you can schedule payments (single or recurring) is the first business day
following the weekend.
Generally, single or recurring payments that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday are
processed on the previous business day and are debited from your account within
two business days. If a bank holiday falls on either a Friday or Monday, the debit will occur within three days.
Q: If I schedule multiple bill payments for a single day, how will my account be debited- as a lump sum or separately?
A: Each bill payment is debited separately.
Q: What if I do not have sufficient funds on the day my account is debited?
A: Insufficient Funds procedure:
Q: Are all debits and credits sent out at the same time?
- If a 'Non-Sufficient Funds' condition exists, the debit will be returned via banking channels. The ACH return will prompt the system to block your Bill Payment account, preventing you from making more Bill Payments until the NSF condition is resolved. Any future dated recurring payments scheduled for release during the time the account is blocked will not be sent.
A: Yes, they are all sent out at the same time.
Q: How is my account debited?
A: Your account is debited via ACH.
Q: What is ACH?
A: Automated Clearing House is a funds transfer system which provides for the interbank clearing of electronic entries for participating financial institutions.
Q: If I make an error in selecting an electronic payee and it results in a late fee, am I responsible for the charges?
A: If you select an electronic payee address that matches your payment coupon exactly and the Bill Payment Processor routes the payment to a different payment center, the Bill Payment Processor is responsible for the late charge and will reimburse any payee-imposed late fees, up to $50.00. If you select an electronic payee with an address that is different from that indicated on the payment coupon, you are responsible for the late charge. You always have the option to manually set up a payee with the (correct) address found on the payment coupon.
Q: How do I place a 'stop payment' on a bill payment?
A: A payment may be edited or deleted anytime before the "process date." Payments that have been remitted electronically cannot be stopped.