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Funds for Books

Financial aid disbursements begin the second week of each semester, so students will not receive their financial aid refunds to buy books until then.  For this reason, there are two programs to assist financial aid recipients with purchasing their textbooks.  They are the Textbook Purchase Program and the Short Term Advance for Books.  Students must select to use one or the other of the two programs, not both, during any given semester. 

Students who apply late for financial aid or have incomplete files should be prepared to cover their textbook expenses out-of-pocket.

Students registered for classes at any of the UCF Regional Campuses are likely to purchase textbooks/course materials from the bookstore on that regional campus site. For this reason, the Short Term Advance would be their best option.


The Textbook Purchase Program

For consideration, students must “opt-in” each semester on their myUCF Student Center.  Eligible students can then purchase up to $600 on required books and supplies at the on-campus UCF Bookstores by simply presenting their UCF ID Card.  Only the amount spent at the UCF Bookstores will be added as a charge to the student’s account.  Once financial aid disburses, it will pay off this charge after other UCF expenses are paid.  In the event financial aid is canceled or reduced after approval, the student becomes fully responsible for paying the debt.

The Textbook Purchase Program is available three weeks before classes begin and the first week of classes each semester. The deadline to opt-in to the Textbook Purchase Program is 5 PM on the third day of classes each semester.

To qualify, a student must be currently enrolled at least half time in UCF classes.

  • All "To Do List" items must be complete.
  • Students must have a valid UCF ID Card.
  • Students must have financial aid in excess of their total tuition & fees. 


The Short Term Advance for Books


The Short Term Advance for Books is available to assist students with books and supplies expenses by “advancing” up to $600 of their financial aid to them. The students receive the funding via direct deposit or check, and then may use it at any bookstore to purchase their books.  Once financial aid disburses, the Short Term Advance debt is paid, along with other university expenses.  The application is available for download a three weeks prior to each semester, so that funds may be available on or before the first day of classes.

To qualify, a student must be currently enrolled at least half time in UCF classes.

  • All "To Do List" items must be complete.
  • The application must be fully completed and submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • $600.00 is the maximum for financial aid recipients, and must have financial aid in excess of their total tuition & fees.
  • $300.00 is the maximum for non-financial aid recipients.
  • A $5.00 non-refundable processing fee will be assessed and added to the balance of the advance. If the advance is canceled, the $5.00 service charge still must be paid.
    Example: You request $600, you owe $605
Check the Bulletin Boards on myUCF for specific dates and information throughout the year.

 

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