What is Textbook and Supplies Credit?
Textbook Credit may be used by students of the UB campus and Shady Grove to buy textbooks online, through UB's virtual textbook partner MBS Direct, and even pay for shipping. All students may also use Supplies Credit in person, with a Bee Card at The Hive campus store in the Student Center. To be eligible, a student must have completed the financial aid process, which includes completing the FAFSA and the verification process if selected prior to the close of the end of the add/drop period of the current term.
Electing to use Textbook and/or Supplies Credit does not change the total of your financial aid awards. It is not an additional award. This Credit is simply a way to access your financial aid for textbook and supplies purchases. The amounts you opt for Textbook and/or Supplies Credit will appear on your student account as a charge to your student account for the semester. After the add/drop period, your financial aid will be applied towards these charges. This will result in the balance being deducted from your financial aid refund in the current semester, and then unused amounts will be refunded to you.
Vouchers can be awarded up to $800 per semester.
Students will be eligible to apply for the Textbook and/or Supplies Credit as follows:
• Fall—Beginning of the first week in August and remains open until the end of the add/drop period for the term.
• Spring—First week in January and remains open until the end of the add/drop period for the term.
• Second Session—Opens two weeks prior to the start of classes and remains open until the end of the add/drop period for the term.
Please note, this is not a program that students choose to “charge it to my student account”. Instead, the program is designed to give students a credit at The Hive campus store or MBS Direct online bookstore up to a preset amount, not to exceed the estimated refund of a student.
If a student chooses not to purchase his/her books with Textbook Credit, or use Supplies credit at The Hive campus store for non-text book items, no action is necessary on his/her part and the full amount of the normal refund will be processed.
If you have more questions about Credit, CLICK HERE and refer to our FAQ page.