Heartland Payment Systems™ Teams With Identification Systems Group

PRINCETON, NJ—July 28, 2008 — Heartland Payment Systems™ (NYSE: HPY), a leading provider of credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll, check management and payments services, has teamed with Identification Systems Group (ISG), a nationwide network of suppliers of identification and card issuing products and services. This partnership will bring Heartland’s campus card programs — provided through its Campus Solutions division — to an expanding network of colleges and universities nationwide.
ISG will now offer its clients Heartland’s Campus Solutions’ OneCard System, providing them with a full suite of card services and functionalities. The OneCard system offers campuses all aspects of card technology use including student, faculty and staff identification; dining; access control; security; vending; print control; recreation and event management; equipment rental; parking; voting; activity verification and more. The modular system provides both hardware and software to meet the expanding card technology needs of campuses.

When powered by Heartland’s Give Something Back Network, the OneCard and its duplicative contactless tag give campuses expanded functionality for their one-card systems. The card and tag — which can be affixed to cell phones, PDAs and other portable devices — can be used in a variety of ways from paying at vending and laundry machines to providing facility access,checking out library books, buying meals and receiving financial aid, tuition reimbursement and refunds — even paychecks. Additionally, when used for off-campus purchases, the card/tag allows students, faculty and staff to “give something back” by automatically making charitable donations back to the sponsoring school with every purchase.

Heartland Campus Solutions and Heartland’s Give Something Back Network were recently recognized by Card & Payments magazine for this pioneering payments solution and visionary approach to campus payment solutions.

“There are an estimated 4,000 colleges, universities and institutions of higher education across the United States,” said Ron Farmer, executive director of Heartland Payment Systems Campus HPY – Heartland/ISG – 2 Solutions. “By partnering with ISG, we are able to reach a large number of these schools, offer them tremendous cost savings and support them with local sales and customer service.”

“Joining with Heartland allows ISG to meet a demand from our network of colleges and universities for expanded products and services,” said Tom Stiles, operations manager for ISG.

“Across the country and throughout our network of schools, we consistently receive requests for new and innovative ways for students to use the one-card programs. Heartland’s OneCard and Give Something Back Network were easily the best choice for our contacts.”

About Heartland Payment Systems

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., a NYSE company trading under the symbol HPY, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, payroll, check management and payments solutions to more than 250,000 businesses nationwide. Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. For more information, visit www.HeartlandPaymentSystems.com and www.MerchantBillOfRights.com.

About Identification Systems Group (ISG) The Identification Systems Group (ISG) is an association of 40 dedicated members that serve the entire USA. The ISG provides secure identification and tracking systems that help organizations protect people and property. Many of the systems are ID-card based. The ISG is the leading supplier of ID card issuing systems in the U.S. college and university market. Solutions include software, hardware, on-site support and professional services.

ISG members work together to provide seamless nationwide support and collaboration. With more than 100 offices nationwide, located in every major metropolitan area, ISG members have more than 500 sales and service experts servicing clients. Each ISG member is the market leader in its respective geographic area and has unique expertise in project integration.

ISG products include many that are custom designed and provided exclusively by ISG members. Members frequently attend seminars where they receive the latest information news and training on the latest technology, products and trends. Visit us at www.identificationsystemsgroup.com Forward-looking Statements HPY – Heartland/ISG – 3

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