Heartland Payment Systems(R) Acquires ECSI, Gains Additional Campus-Related Services and More Than 1,800 Higher Education Relationships

Founded in 1972 and located in Pittsburgh, Pa., ECSI supports the entire life cycle of higher education and post-graduation school/student services, including student loan payment processing, default solutions, refund services, tuition payment plans, electronic billing and payment, tax document services, and business outsourcing to more than 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide.

“As the Heartland Campus Solutions division grows to become a more significant portion of Heartland’s business, we’re confident that acquisitions such as ECSI will better position us for faster growth,” said Michael A. Lawler, president, strategic markets group, Heartland Payment Systems. “Our combined suite of products, services and solutions offers higher education institutions opportunities to streamline processes and increase operational efficiency while providing enhanced convenience and value to students. We look forward to working with our new employees and university client partners that we gained through this acquisition.”

Ron Farmer, executive director of campus solutions and micropayments for Heartland Payment Systems, added, “Heartland has developed a number of campus-related solutions which have helped position us as one of the industry’s leading providers. With the addition of ECSI’s solutions, such as loan payment processing and payment plans, we’ve gained greater operational capabilities to support our growing client base.”

John Lynch, president and CEO of ECSI, noted, “ECSI is very excited to become part of Heartland Payment Systems, a successful and well-respected company with a culture similar to ours. We’re extremely impressed with their growth in the campus environment and know that, with the addition of ECSI’s services and experience, Heartland will offer colleges and universities the most comprehensive and competitive solutions in the marketplace today.”