Friday, December 20, 2013

The Book Advance Timeline

Qualifying students who met the Priority Filing Deadline for their semester block can expect book advance funds to be available approximately nine business days prior to the semester block start date. Students should review the financial aid terms and conditions to ensure they qualify to receive a book advance.

The Maricopa Student Refund Program is the fastest way to have book advance and financial aid funds delivered. Enrollment instructions for MSRP will be sent through the student center, and students are encouraged to monitor their Gmail account for notification.

Book Advance funds are not restricted to the Rio Salado College bookstore, but students are encouraged to use caution when purchasing course materials from a third party.

Book advance funds may not be an appropriate option for students who prefer to purchase books prior to the first day of class.  Here's a look at the typical Book Advance timeline:
  • Funds are posted to the Rio Salado College account 6-9 days prior to the start of class.
  • Funds can take 4-6 business days to be received by City Prepaid Services.
  • Funds that are deposited on a holiday or weekend may take even longer.
  • Remaining financial aid funds will not be available until two-weeks after the start of class.
Book Advances are not a part of federal student aid. The Maricopa County Community College District offers the book advance program as a service to its students above and beyond Department of Education requirements. Students may opt out of the Book Advance program if they prefer not to receive money prior to their student aid disbursement.