Card Payments in Arbor Guide

To download and view the guide, click the link at the bottom of the page.


Why should I set up card payments in Arbor?

You can set up, make and manage payments within the Arbor MIS, saving time otherwise used on maintaining and using more than one system. 

Top features:

  • A reduced transaction fee of 1.275% (cheaper than most providers)
  • Save time by managing payments, reports and invoices in Arbor with no need for other systems
  • Pay out to multiple bank accounts and see a detailed breakdown of each payout

Arbor’s card payments functionality is available only for schools located in the UK, excluding the Isle of Man.

If you used to use methods outside of your MIS to make and manage payments (such as Stripe or ParentPay), your old data will not be migrated into Arbor.

If you do not wish to use our MIS for payment-related data management, nothing will change. As Arbor's card payments functionality is the cheapest and easiest option, we recommend schools explore this as an option.


What do I need to set up card payments?

To set up card payments on your site you will need certain pieces of information. Use our setup checklist to help gather these details.


This Guide includes

  • Part A: Setup 
    • Identity verification 
      • Submitting information for identity verification 
      • Photo ID requirements 
      • What if identity verification fails? 
    • Adding bank accounts for receiving payouts 
    • Enabling card payments for a Customer Account Type 
      • Adding a new Customer Account Type 
      • Editing an existing Customer Account Type 
      • Verifying Customer Account Types 
  • Part B: Making and managing payments 
    • Making Card Payments 
      • Where can I make payments? 
      • Making a payment 
    • Managing Payments 
      • List of card transactions 
      • Refunding Payments
    • Paying out to bank accounts 
      • Payout schedule 
      • List of payouts 
      • VAT invoices 
  • Part C: FAQ 
    • Identity verification 
    • Payment provider 
    • Setup 
    • Card Transactions and payouts
    • Refunds


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