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Office of Financial Aid

Division of Student Affairs

Direct deposit is a process for electronic funds transfer to your account at a financial institution you choose.


ETSU does not recommend the use of any one financial institution. You can use any bank where you have an existing checking account. It is a quick, easy, and safe method of receiving your financial aid refund! 

If you have problems with any of the steps below, please contact the ETSU Bursar's Office.

Benefits of direct deposit 

1. It's Quick
Funds are usually available within 1-2 business days following transfer from ETSU.  Always check with your bank before spending these funds to avoid non-sufficient funds charges to your account. 

Direct deposits can be deposited at your local bank or the bank in your hometown. 

3. Convenience
Direct deposit is available to you, regardless of your schedule. You don't have to be on campus or in town to receive your financial aid refund. 

4. It's Safe 
Direct deposit eliminates the risk of a lost or stolen check. Most problems with financial aid refunds (after aid is received) are with paper checks, not direct deposits.

To set up your direct deposit account, please follow these simple steps:

1. Sign into Goldlink.

2. Navigate to the My Student Info Tab and click the Make an Online Payment link located in the Student Account Channel.

make a payment link in GoldLink

3. Click on Refund Account Setup under Account Alerts or click on eRefunds located in the top bar (you should see the following screen).

direct deposit screenshot 

4. Click on the green box to set up your account. Follow instructions provided

*If you choose not to enroll for direct deposit, your refund check will be mailed. Checks will no longer be distributed through the Financial Services Cashier windows in Burgin Dossett hall. 

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