You may be eligible to use a portion of your financial aid for the purchase of books and supplies required for your courses. Read the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers below to learn more about the financial aid refund advance for books and how to use it to purchase your materials, if you qualify to access this funding.
Financial Aid Refund for Books Q&A
What does ‘financial aid refund advance for books’ mean?
Can I use my financial aid to purchase my books?
Can all financial aid recipients use financial aid for books?
What does “not in an eligible standing” mean in regard to receiving financial aid?
- Your financial aid academic progress cannot be unsatisfactory or at your maximum timeframe credit limit
- Your FAFSA form cannot be incomplete
- If your FAFSA was selected to be verified, your verification cannot be incomplete
Your personalized financial aid home page in Self-Service via Montco Connect will display your current financial aid academic progress standing and detail any outstanding items needed to complete your application.
How does it work?
What happens if I drop all or some of my course enrollment after using financial aid to purchase my books?
Can I use my financial aid to purchase books and supplies from anywhere I want?
How will I know if I qualify for a financial aid refund advance for books?
When will I be able to use my financial aid refund advance for books?
How do I use my financial aid refund advance for books?
Does my financial aid refund advance for books expire?
What happens if I don’t use all or any of my financial aid refund advance for books?
Where can I view my financial aid?
Can I sell my financial aid refund advance for books or use it to buy books for my friends?
How much can I access in a financial aid refund advance to purchase my books?
- 12 or more credits: $1,050
- 9 to 11 credits: $900
- 6 to 8 credits: $725
- Up to 5 credits: $325
Can simple examples be provided that will help me understand if I may qualify to access my financial aid for books?
This student may use financial aid to purchase books because their aid exceeds their tuition:
Financial Aid: Pell Grant - $812
Pending credit $239 can be used to purchase books
This student is unable to use financial aid to purchase books because their aid does not cover the full cost of their tuition (the star below means all three loan steps are complete):
*Subsidized Direct Loan - $1,000
Balance due $146 is owed, so there is no funding available to