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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

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                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

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                          DATE OF REPORT: JULY 2, 1996

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                              CHECKFREE CORPORATION
             (EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)

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    Delaware                    0-26802                       31-1013521
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(STATE OR OTHER          (COMMISSION FILE NO.)          (IRS EMPLOYER
JURISDICTION OF                                         IDENTIFICATION NUMBER)
INCORPORATION OR
ORGANIZATION)

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                             8275 North High Street
                              Columbus, Ohio 43235
                                 (614) 825-3000
               (ADDRESS, INCLUDING ZIP CODE, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
                       INCLUDING AREA CODE OF REGISTRANT'S
                          PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)

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                                 Not Applicable
          (FORMER NAME OR FORMER ADDRESS, IF CHANGED SINCE LAST REPORT)

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ITEM  5.  OTHER EVENTS.

         On July 3, 1996, Checkfree Corporation, a Delaware corporation
("Checkfree"), announced the resignation of Robert E. Bowers, its Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer. Checkfree has begun a search to hire a
new Chief Financial Officer.

         Checkfree's press release issued July 3, 1996 regarding Mr. Bowers'
resignation is attached as an exhibit to this report and is incorporated herein
by reference.


ITEM 7.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

         (C)      EXHIBITS.

    Exhibit No.                    Description

       99(a)      Press release of Checkfree Corporation issued July 3, 1996, 
                  regarding Mr. Bowers' resignation.


                                   SIGNATURES

         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                     CHECKFREE CORPORATION

Date:  July 5, 1996                  By: /s/ John M. Stanton
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                                        John M. Stanton, Vice President 
                                        and Treasurer


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       99(a)          Press release of Checkfree Corporation issued
                      July 3, 1996, regarding Mr. Bowers' resignation.
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                                                                    Exhibit 99a

CHECKFREE (R)
    CORPORATION

    4411 East Jones Bridge Road     Media contact:  Matt Lewis,
    Norcross, Georgia 30092                         CheckFree Corporation
    790-441-3387                                    (770) 734-3404
                                                    matt_lewis@atl.checkfree.com
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              CHECKFREE BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW FINANCIAL OFFICER



Columbus, OH (July 3, 1996) CheckFree Corporation (NASDAQ:CKFR,
www.checkfree.com) announced today an active search for a new Chief Financial
Officer to replace Robert E. Bowers who will leave the company effective in
early August.  Mr. Bowers, who was previously the Chief Financial Officer of
Servantis Systems, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, which CheckFree acquired in
February of this year, is leaving to pursue other interests.

The acquisition of Servantis Systems in February prompted a change in
CheckFree's financial reporting calendar from a calendar year to a fiscal year
ended June 30.  In addition, CheckFree subsequently acquired Interactive
Solutions Corporation, Portland, Oregon, and Security APL, Inc., Chicago.  The
Company expects to report audited financials for the six month stub period
ended June 30, 1996, by mid-August.

"We have combined four companies since the beginning to the year," said
 Pete
Kight, Chairman and CEO of CheckFree, "through the acquisitions and the
conversion of our reporting year, Mr. Bowers has been an important part of the
business integration process.  Now that the bulk of that integration is
complete, he has decided that after 12 years at the former Servantis, he will
pursue other interests.  A search is already under way for a new Chief
Financial Officer and we look forward to enhancing our management team with the
selection"

The company expects that the CFO search will be concluded in 30 to 60 days.

Founded in 1981, CheckFree Corporation is the leading provider of electronic
commerce services, software and related products for over 500,000 consumers,
1,000 businesses and 850 financial institutions.  CheckFree designs, develops
and markets services that enable its customers to make electronic payments and
collections, automate paper-based recurring financial transactions and make
secure purchases on the Internet.


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