You may be eligible to receive a financial aid credit for the purchase of books if your aid has been finalized and the awarded aid is greater than the cost of tuition and fees for the semester. Book advance credits are issued to assist with your book and supply costs and are pulled from your pending financial aid credit balance (anticipated refund).

Credits are issued electronically, and if eligible, a notification will be sent to your Montco student email when your funds become accessible. Credits can only be used at the College's Virtual Bookstore. Log in to the site to view your available credit amount; a balance will only be shown during the open period. You cannot use financial aid credits to purchase books for other students or sell the credit to other students. Misuse violates federal regulations and may result in loss of financial aid funding.

The book advance credit is generally available two weeks prior to the start of the semester and runs through approximately two weeks after the start of the semester.

Book advance credits will not exceed the following amounts, per enrollment level:

  • 12 or more credits: $1,050
  • 9 to 11 credits: $900
  • 6 to 8 credits: $725
  • Up to 5 credits: $325