At some point, you may encounter a failed payment from a student. In this article, we will discuss what to do when this happens, and how to retry a failed payment.
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How It Works
At some point, you may notice that a recurring payment on a student's account is showing that it has not gone through. If a student's recurring payment fails, the Status in the Payments table will show as Past due, and the student will lose access to the course or bundle.
If this happens, Thinkific Payments will retry the failed payment four times over a three-week period. By default, students will be notified via email if their subscription or payment plan payment fails. Students can renew subscriptions or payment plans themselves from their billing page after a payment fails by clicking the Renew button as outlined here.
If the payment is not successfully captured after three weeks, the subscription or payment plan will be canceled. Students will then have the option to re-enroll in the course or bundle. Student progress in a course or bundle is saved even if a subscription or payment plan is canceled or past due.
How to Manually Retry a Failed Payment
If you need to manually retry an outstanding student subscription or payment plan payment, you can do so from the Payments table:
- Click Support Your Students in the navigation menu on the left-hand side of your Admin Dashboard
- Select Users
- In the Users table click on a student's Full Name to view their profile
- Select the Payments tab
- Click the ellipses (3 dot icon) next to any Past due products
- Click Retry Failed Payment
- Review the payment information and click to Charge Customer
If the payment is successfully captured, the Status will change to Active in the Payments table.
If the outstanding payment is not captured, the Status will remain as Past due and Thinkific Payments will continue to retry the payment. If the payment is not successfully captured within three weeks of the payment renewal date (when the payment initially failed), the subscription or payment plan will be automatically canceled and the Status will change to Canceled.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my students retry their own payments if they fail?
Yes. Students are able to retry their own failed payments by clicking the renew button (as outlined in our How can students manage their billing and credit card information? article).