District introduces MySchoolBucks online payment system for 16-17 school year

The Goshen Central School District is introducing MySchoolBucks, a secure, online payment system that allows parents to quickly deposit money into their child’s school meal account at their own convenience.

What are the benefits of MySchoolBucks?

“MySchoolBucks will give busy parents the convenience of monitoring and adding money to their child’s school meal account on their own time,” said Food Services Director Alan Muhlnickel. Parents will be able to pay for school meals, view their child’s account balance, receive optional alerts when the balance is low, and even see what food purchases their child made — anytime, anywhere, from their computer or smart phone. Payments can be made with a credit card or debit card and are quickly credited to your child’s account. Parents can also schedule recurring payments.

Want to know what your child is eating? MySchoolBucks gives parents the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history report that shows the dates and times that your child purchased school breakfast and/or lunch within the past 90 days.

Parents can also take advantage of the optional, free “Low Balance Alert” that will send an e-mail straight to your inbox when your child’s account is getting low — but before they have used up all their funds. Please note that this feature is the only means of notification that your child’s account is low — paper notices will not be sent home by the district. To sign up, look for Low Balance Alert under the “Profile” option in your account.

How do I set up an account?

Setting up an account is easy — visit www.myschoolbucks.com to sign up. All you need is your child’s name, student ID number (sent to you in your back-to-school mailing), and school zip code. If you have more than one child in the district, you can handle all online prepayments from the same account. You can also download the MySchoolBucks App onto your smart phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market.

Important things to know

  • Making a payment is easy. The deposit amount can be placed against a credit card, debit card or your checking account. All payments are securely processed using MySchoolBucks’ highly secure website and encryption. All payments are quickly credited to your student’s account.
  • In order to use the online prepayment service, a small convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees. The convenience fee is $1.95 per deposit transaction. Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $1.95 fee once per deposit transaction. Goshen Central School District will not profit from the use of this site.
  • If you decide not to take advantage of the online prepayment service, you may continue to make advance payments via check, which should be made out to Cafeteria Fund. Please write your child’s full name on the check.

Questions about MySchoolBucks? Contact Food Services Director Alan Muhlnickel at 615-6492 or e-mail alan.muhlnickel@gcsny.org.