PaySchools Central Instruction Guide

PaySchools Central Instruction Guide

Welcome to the PaySchools Parent User Guide

Please be sure to go through this step-by-step guide to set up your child(ren)'s PaySchools Central parent payment portal. You can also click on the links below to advance to that section for quick reference.

WATCH the parent walkthrough instructional videos

Create a User

1. To set up an account, go to and click REGISTER
Download the PaySchools Central app on your mobile device and tap REGISTER.

2. Fill out all fields marked with an asterisk ( * ). We strongly suggest adding a mobile number as it will help your reset your password via text if you have trouble logging in.

  • If you have a PaySchools account for your child at their home schools, you still need to create a new account that will tie directly to Eastland-Fairfield. 
  • When you are registering this new PaySchools account with your email address, please either use an email address different from your home school PaySchools account or you may use the same Gmail account IF when you register you add "+1" to the user name.

    Example: [email protected]  would be used as  [email protected]  when registering your new PaySchools account

  • Select  Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools as the district 
  • Enter the student's EFCTS ID#, which can be found on the top-right corner of their OneView Parent Portal.

3. Review the User Agreement and check the box before clicking REGISTER.

4. Click RETURN TO LOGIN in the pop-up window and check your email inbox for a confirmation email.

** You must click the link in the email in order to continue. This link is valid for only 30 minutes. If you not activate the link within 30 minutes, please return to the beginning screen and click/tap I FORGOT MY PASSWORD to request a new email confirmation.

5. Create and confirm your password in the account activation screen after click the link in the email. You can view the password complexity rules by clicking ( ? ) 

6. Fill our your 3 security questions and answers after setting up your password. Answers must be at least 2 characters long.

7. Click SECURE to continue.

Add Student / Staff

NOTE: You do have the option to skip this step and add your students/staff later via the Dashboard. >> insert link <<

1. Add your student(s) and staff by filling in all the required fields and clicking ADD STUDENT/STAFF

2. Once the student(s)/staff are added, they will appear at the top of the page where you can remove and mange your students/staff.

3. Click CONTINUE.

4. A summary screen will display all students and staff who've been added. A green circle in a student/patron's card indicates that they are active. A red circle indicates that they are inactive. If your student or staff is showing up as inactive, please contact the school for assistance.

Add Payment Methods

1. Choose your payment type. 
Please note school districts choose which payment methods are accepted.

2. Enter the payment method information, including the payment type, nickname, card number, or routing/account numbers.
The nickname field is simply a name you can give your payment method. For example: "Jane's Visa CC"

3. Please read the Terms and Conditions for each payment method and check the box to agree. 

4. Click ADD PAYMENT METHOD to add your payment.

Note: You can store multiple payment methods in your account including credit/debit cards and ACH.

To add another payment method, select another payment type from the drop-down menu and repeat steps 1-4.

You can also add more payment methods later by going to the menu and clicking the Payment Methods option.

Manage Email Notifications

1. To turn on any of the notifications, simply click or tap the on/off toggle. An orange toggle indicates that the notifications are on.

2. There are instructions for each section to give you more information about each type of notification. Click INSTRUCTIONS ( i ) to see the notification descriptions.

3. To save your notification settings, click CONTINUE.

Make a One-Time Payment

1a. To make a one-time lunch payment, go to the Dashboard and click or tap the SHOPPING CART icon to the right of the student's name.

1b. To make a fee payment, scroll down to the Fees card and click or tap the SHOPPING CART icon next to the fee you wish to pay.

2. Enter the amount you wish to add to the lunch account or how much you'd like to pay towards your fee (if partial payments are allowed) and click ADD TO CART

3. You will now see a blue circle in the upper-right-hand corner of your screen where your cart is. The blue circle indicates there are items in your cart and the number indicates the number of items.

4. If you would like to schedule your fee payment for a later date, click OR SCHEDULE FOR A LATER TIME >>

5. To check out, click on the white shopping cart in the upper-right-hand corner of the Dashboard screen.

6. Review and update the items in your cart and make and necessary changes.

7. Select your payment method and click CONTINUE.

8. Check the box in the totals pop-up window to agree to the Terms and Conditions, and click MAKE PAYMENT.

9. After completing your purchase, you will receive an email with a receipt listing the item(s) purchased. You can also view your payment history by opening the menu and click on the payment history option.

Set up Auto-Replenish

1. To set up auto-replenish, click the auto-replenish option in the menu. You can also access auto-replenish by click the GRID ICON in the meal card.

2. You will see your list of students and can either select a single name to set up unique auto-replenish settings or you can select ALL STUDENTS to apply the same settings to everyone in your account.

3. Once you have selected your student(s), enter in the required fields and click or tap SAVE.

4. Read the Terms and Conditions and agree by putting a checkmark in the box and click SAVE.

5. An orange toggle will appear, which indicates that auto-replenish is ON.

6. Once your auto-replenish settings have been saved, you will see a status icon next to the turn off switch. Hover over the icon to see the auto-replenish status (mobile option?).

STATUS STOP SIGN indicates the balance level has been met and your account will be replenished that day.

STATUS X SIGN indicates the balance level has not yet been met and auto-replenish has not kicked off.

7. To turn off auto-replenish, simply click the orange toggle (it will no longer be orange). 

Reset Your Password

If you cannot log into PaySchools Central or if you would like to change your password: 

1. Click I FORGOT MY PASSWORD on the login screen and follow the steps to reset your password.

2. Enter the email address associated with your account where indicated and click or tap EMAIL ME or TEXT/CALL


The EMAIL ME option will send you an email with a reset password link. Click the link and follow the instructions to reset your password when you reach the account activation page.

Click CONTINUE to submit your changes.


The TEXT/CALL option will send you a text verification code to your mobile device, which you will need to enter on the following page >> screenshot <<

3. For either the email or text options, click CONFIRM to submit your changes. You will see the following pop-up, which indicates you successfully created a new password. >> screenshot <<

Manage Student Account

How-To Guide (PaySchools Central)



Click here to view the complete instruction guide on your device

Walkthrough Videos

Watch the video tutorials to guide you through your registration

Apply for free/reduced lunch program

 * users must have an active PaySchools Central Account before processing a free/reduced lunch application

How to Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch Program



Click here to view the complete instruction guide (text-only) on your device


If you need help with your 
PaySchools Central account

Call: 877-393-6628

Support center hours: 
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET (Mon.-Fri.)

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