bur·​sar | \ ˈbər-sər How to pronounce bursar (audio) , -ˌsär\

Definition of bursar

: an officer (as of a monastery or college) in charge of funds : treasurer

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In 1968, African-American students occupied Northwestern University's bursar’s office, alleging that NU hadn’t confronted Evanston’s segregated housing. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "50 years later: Northwestern, Evanston commemorate 1968 black student sit-in," 5 May 2018 For example, the bursar may share with financial aid staff and advisers the names of students who haven’t paid their bills. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How UWM peer Georgia State figured out how to graduate more black students," 16 Jan. 2018 The university last year launched a partnership between the bursar’s office, which handles students’ bills, and the school’s Student Wellness Center to offer counseling to students who might be struggling to pay their bills on time. Jillian Berman, WSJ, "Colleges Try to Help Students Manage Their Finances," 22 Oct. 2017 The arrangement is striking because universities have the tools to collect payments through their bursar's offices. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, chicagotribune.com, "Universities hit students with whopping collection fees for unpaid tuition," 7 Aug. 2017 The arrangement is striking because universities have the tools to collect payments through their bursar’s offices. Washington Post, "Universities in Va. hit students with whopping collection fees for unpaid tuition," 5 Aug. 2017 Or provided college tuition that doesn’t make it to the bursar? WSJ, "How to Know if You’re a Financial Enabler," 30 Jan. 2017 The work typically done by secretaries, bursars, principals, and other administrators can be handled remotely, leaving only three nonteaching staff at each school. Dayo Olopade, WIRED, "Pop-Up Schools Could Radically Improve Global Education," 12 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of bursar

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bursar

Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French burser, from Medieval Latin bursarius, from bursa

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The first known use of bursar was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bursar

: a person whose job is to manage the money of a school, college, or university

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