Bookstore Advance Program

UNC Asheville’s Bookstore Advance Program is designed to allow students with authorized financial aid to use a portion of their anticipated refund to purchase textbooks prior to the first day of classes. Purchasing textbooks early provides students the best selection and price options.

The bookstore advance is not additional financial aid. It is an advance of the student’s expected financial aid refund solely for the purpose of purchasing books and supplies and may only be used at UNC Asheville’s Bookstore on campus or online.

The Student Accounts office will notify all eligible students that they may participate in this semester’s Bookstore Advance program. Not all students receiving financial aid will be eligible for the program. Eligibility requirements are shown below and are subject to change at any time. The university reserves the right to disqualify students for the program as it deems necessary.

This is an optional program; students are NOT required to participate. Students who wish to participate in the Spring 2020 Bookstore Advance Program must complete the Enrollment Form on or before the January 7, 2020 deadline. Students will be notified when the funds are available for use.

The student can use the advance in the UNC Asheville Bookstore January 2 through January 31. The unused portion of the advance will be credited back to their student account within two weeks.

Bookstore Advance Eligibility Requirements

  • You must opt-in by completing the online Enrollment Form by the enrollment deadline, January 7, 2020.
  • You must be an active, degree seeking student.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time for the upcoming semester.
  • You must meet all of the terms and conditions for your financial aid.
  • You must have sufficient financial aid to cover your student account balance and the Bookstore Advance amount.
  • You must complete the Financial Aid Disbursement Authorization Form allowing UNC Asheville to apply federal financial aid to non-institutional charges.

Bookstore Advance FAQs

How do I use my bookstore advance?

  1. Go to UNC Asheville’s Bookstore in Highsmith University Union.
  2. Pick up your books and supplies from the Bookstore.
  3. Go to the cash register and present your UNC Asheville OneCard and inform the cashier you have a bookstore advance.
  4. Sign the register receipt and walk out with your books!
  5. Make online purchases at

Can I use the bookstore advance at locations other than the UNC Asheville Bookstore?

No, your bookstore advance can only be used at the UNC Asheville Bookstore and the UNC Asheville Bookstore website.

Why are you placing a charge on my student account when I have a bookstore advance?

This charge allows us to make purchases in the UNC Asheville Bookstore.

What if I don’t use all of my bookstore advance?

The unused portion of your bookstore advance will be credited back to your student account once the Bookstore Advance Program closes one week after classes begin. If there are no outstanding charges on your student account, the unused portion of the book advance will be refunded to you within 14 days.

How much of my financial aid can I use for a bookstore advance?

You may request an advance of $400, $600 or $800. The maximum amount of a bookstore advance is $800 regardless of the amount of excess aid you might have.

What if my bookstore advance is not enough to pay for my books?

You will be responsible for the charges over the amount of your book advance at the time of purchase.

Once I have been approved to participate in the program, when will my bookstore advance be available?

We anticipate having the advance available within three business days once you have completed the form (listed above), and the program opens on January 2.

What items can I buy with my bookstore advance?

You may use the bookstore advance to purchase textbooks and supplies. In addition to textbooks this includes writing utensils, paper, reference books, flash drives, backpacks, and exam booklets. Gifts, gift cards and convenience items such as snacks and drinks are not eligible for purchase with the bookstore advance.

Can I use my bookstore advance to rent textbooks at the Bookstore?

You can use your bookstore advance funds to rent textbooks at the UNC Asheville Bookstore and online, but, you will need to be registered and have an active credit card on file for collateral. For more complete information regarding textbook rentals, please go to

How long will my bookstore advance be valid?

Your bookstore advance will be valid from the time you are notified until January 31.