Bookstore Advance Program

This program allows eligible students to receive early access to their financial aid refund in order to purchase textbooks and supplies from the on-campus Barnes & Noble bookstore.


** The enrollment period for Spring 2019 is Nov 26-Dec 19. **


Bookstore Advance Program (BAP) funds

  • Funds will be an advance of a student’s expected financial aid refund. 
  • This is NOT an additional financial aid award.
  • BAP is not available for summer sessions.

How to participate in the program

  • You will receive an email if you are eligible for a Bookstore Advance (i.e., your anticipated financial aid must exceed your student account charges).  
  • If you did not receive an email, you are not eligible for a Bookstore Advance.
  • To participate in the program, you must opt-in by completing the application form by the enrollment deadline stated in your email. 
  • Once your application is processed, you will receive an email notifying you of the exact Bookstore Advance amount that will be available to you.  This amount will be available at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a preliminary charge for this amount will be placed on your student account. 

How to purchase books using BAP

  • You may purchase your books once you receive the email notifying you of the exact Bookstore Advance amount that will be available to you.  
  • You are only allowed to use the Bookstore Advance for educational purchases made in-person at the UNC Charlotte Campus bookstore located in the Student Union..  
  • When making a purchase, notify the bookstore cashier that you want to use your “Bookstore Advance” funds to purchase your books. 
  • Students are not permitted to purchase books for other students using the Bookstore Advance.

Deadline to purchase books using BAP

  • You may use your advance funds to make purchases at the UNC Charlotte bookstore Dec 6 - Jan 16.  After this date, your Bookstore Advance will expire. 
  • After Jan 16, any remaining funds in your Bookstore Advance account will be removed.  The unspent portion of your Bookstore Advance and any remaining financial aid funds, in excess of any other charges on your student account, will be refunded to you by Feb 28.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You will receive an email if you are eligible for a Bookstore Advance (i.e., your anticipated financial aid must exceed your student account charges).  
    • If you did not receive an email, you are not eligible for a Bookstore Advance.
  • To participate in the program, you must opt-in by properly completing the online application form by the enrollment deadline.
  • You must continue to be an active, degree-seeking student.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time in UNC Charlotte hours for the upcoming semester.
  • You must have sufficient financial aid to cover your student account balance and have enough funds to cover the Bookstore Advance amount.
  • The university will make the final determination of a student’s eligibility for this program.You must meet all of the terms and conditions for your financial aid package.

This program is designed to assist those who might not otherwise be able to purchase educational materials at the beginning of the semester. Participation is completely voluntary. If you believe this opportunity will assist you in purchasing textbooks and supplies needed for this semester, we encourage you to consider taking advantage of the offer.