Washington, D.C. 20549

                                   FORM 8-K

                                CURRENT REPORT
                    Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                       Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 4, 2004

                        JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES, INC.
            (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)

          Delaware                     0-14112                 43-1128385
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 (State or Other Jurisdiction  (Commission File Number)      (IRS Employer
      of Incorporation)                                   Identification No.)

                663 Highway 60, P.O. Box 807, Monett, MO 65708
              (Address of principal executive offices)(zip code)

     Registrant's telephone number, including area code:   (417) 235-6652

        (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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 Item 1.01  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

      On October  4,  2004, Jack  Henry  & Associates,  Inc.  ("Jack  Henry")
 entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement  with Verinex Technologies, Inc.  of
 Irvine, California  ("Verinex")  and its  stockholders the  Almquist  Family
 Trust,  William and Traci Jo Watson,  Aaron and Vanessa Watson and  Sean and
 Cynthia Walwick.  The  transaction was  closed  on  that  same  day, with an
 effective date of October  1, 2004.  Jack  Henry paid cash consideration  of
 $35,000,000 for all of the outstanding capital stock of Verinex.

      On October 5, 2004,  Jack Henry issued a  press release announcing  the
 acquisition of Verinex, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit  99.1.
 Verinex's products and services are summarized in the press release.

 Item 8.01  Other Events.

      In the same October 5, 2004 press release, a copy of which is  attached
 hereto  as  Exhibit  99.1,  Jack  Henry  announced  the  completion  of  its
 acquisition of Select Payment Processing, Inc.

 Item 9.01  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

       (c)  Exhibits

            99.1 Press release dated October 5, 2004.


      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.

                          JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES, INC.

 Date: October 6, 2004    By: /s/ Kevin D. Williams
                          Kevin D. Williams
                          Chief Financial Officer