What is Bookstore Credit?
Students who have completed the financial aid process and are awaiting the arrival of their aid may be eligible to use a portion of their anticipated aid to purchase Bookstores at the campus bookstore prior to the start of the enrollment term. To be eligible for this Bookstore Credit, through UB's online Bookstore partner, or supplies, backpack, computers and other necessities at the campus store in the Student Center. Bookstore Credit may be used to buy Bookstores online, through the virtual store, and even pay for shipping. Your Supply Credit may be used in person, with your Bee Card at the campus store. 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.
Using Bookstore Credit does not change the total of your financial aid awards. It is not an additional award. A Bookstore Credit is simply a way to access your financial aid for Bookstore purchases. The exact amount you opt for Bookstore and/or Supply 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.
Vouchers can be awarded up to $800 per semester.
Students will be eligible to apply for the Bookstore and/or Supply 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 campus store or 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 Bookstore Credit, or use credit at the 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 Bookstore Credit, CLICK HERE and refer to our FAQ page.