Highlands’ new bill pay system, TouchNet, allows students to make online payments and check their account balances in real time through an easy user interface.

Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University launched a program that gives its students the convenience of paying their university bills online through a user friendly and secure service.

TouchNet is the new web-based payment gateway Highlands is using.

“The biggest advantage of TouchNet is that it’s completely online, meaning students can control and manage their accounts virtually from anywhere,” said Paula Escudero, Finance Director and Comptroller for Highlands. “Our primary objective with TouchNet is to improve customer service to all our students including main campus, statewide centers, and international.”

Escudero said TouchNet is very easy to navigate.

“Another benefit of TouchNet is that students can make online payments and check their account balances in real time. In addition, the new bill payment system enables student to provide family members and other authorized users access to payment information, and make payments to the student’s account,” Escudero said.

Highlands’ students access their business accounts through the university’s website at using the MyNMHU link, which guides them to Pay NMHU Online through TouchNet.

Joe Gieri, Highlands University’s  Information Technology Services director, said TouchNet is widely used in the higher education community.

“TouchNet has an excellent reputation for providing a safe and secure environment for business transactions,” Gieri said. “TouchNet meets very stringent payment card industry standards.”

Gieri said the TouchNet launch involved strong teamwork between the university’s Business Office and Information Technology Services.

“We had to find a technology solution capable of integrating with our current student information system,” Gieri said.

The Business Office Student Center is providing online tutorials and other help for Highlands’ students to use TouchNet. Call the Student Help Line at 505-454-3444 for more information.

The TouchNet initiative supports Highlands University’s strategic goal five to use technological advancement and innovation to better serve its students.