Bookstore Credit FAQ
What is this credit?
Students may request “credit” each term to buy textbooks, school supplies, a computer, a backpack, or other educationally necessary items. While there is a credit maximum, students whose textbook costs exceed the limit, or those who wish to buy a computer, may request additional funds.
I understand the credit may be split for textbooks and other items I need to attend school. What do I need to know?
There are two options between which the credit can be divided, and one option OR BOTH may be taken:
Option 1) Textbooks: Funds to buy textbooks are allocated to MBS Direct, the online textbook provider. These funds are used online and remain available through the last day to add or drop a class. Remaining funds will be refunded to the student.
Option 2) School supplies and items needed for school, except textbooks: Examples are pencils and pens, notebooks, Scantron forms, Bluebooks, backpacks, and computers. The funding set aside for this purpose may be spent at the Barnes & Noble campus store, located on the first floor of the Student Center. (Barnes & Noble at UB no longer sells textbooks.) Funds remain available for approximately the first eight weeks of the semester, and unspent funds will be refunded.
How do I access the credit?
Textbook credit will appear online at the MBS Direct textbook site. Multiple purchases may be made until the funds are exhausted, or until the window to use the credit expires after the last day to add or drop a class.
Credit for supplies and computers, but not textbooks, may be used in a person with a student Bee Card at the Barnes & Noble campus store located on the first floor of the Student Center in multiple transactions until the funds are exhausted, or the credit expires.
Note: Textbook credit allocated to MBS Direct is only able to be spent online, and is not able to be spent at the Barnes & Noble campus store. Credit allocated for supplies at Barnes & Noble may only be spent in person in the campus store, and will not appear online in the textbook purchase portal.
How much credit may I request?
Students may request up to $800 per term (not applicable for the Summer).
How do I qualify to request a credit?
Students who have financial aid and/or a third-party payment guarantee may request a credit. Eligibility is based on a student having a completed Financial Aid Award, meaning a completed FAFSA, Master Promissory Note, and Entrance Counseling Quiz (if loans are being utilized). Students pending verification or a professional judgment will not be able to apply for the credit until their review is completed.
Students utilizing third-party resources must ensure that the Office of the Bursar has a record of the award before being able to add this credit to their account. It is encouraged that students contact the office early in the bookstore credit process to ensure that they are able to add the credit so they can receive their books/supplies with as little delay as possible.
Where do I request the credit? And what information do I need to have ready?
Eligible enrolled students may apply for bookstore credit through the student portal. To avoid over-borrowing, it is recommended that students only request a credit in the amount of what they intend to utilize for the current term. This means pricing out your books and supplies prior to applying for the credit to be sure that you are requesting the proper amount to be successful in the current term.
When will the funds be available to use?
The funds will be available for use 24-48 hours after they are requested.
What are the first and last dates to request credit?
Students will be eligible to apply for the bookstore credit as follows:
Can I request a credit for the summer?
Bookstore credits are only available for the Fall or Spring terms.
What are the last dates to use the credit?
Textbook credits at MBS Direct may be used through the last day to add or drop a class. Barnes & Noble credits are available for approximately the first eight weeks of the semester. In the fall, the Barnes & Noble supplies portion of the credit closes around Halloween, and in the spring credit is available until Spring Break.
Q: Do I qualify for additional credit?
Students with financial aid and/or a third-party payment guarantee may request additional credit if their textbook tab exceeds the credit limit, or to purchase a computer. Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional credits or adjustments.
What happens to my remaining funds if I do not use all of my credits?
Remaining funds in the MSB portfolio will be added back to a student’s account by the end of the second week of classes in the same term. Funds remaining in a student’s account from the Barnes & Noble portfolio will be returned to a student’s account at the end of the term. If funds returned to a student’s account result in a credit balance, a refund check will be issued from the State of Maryland within 7-10 business days.