Gogebic Community College

Purchasing Books Using Financial Aid

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Purchasing Books Using Financial Aid

If you receive financial aid, you may be eligible to use it to purchase books through the GCC Virtual Bookstore


  • You must be registered and have a financial aid package for the correct aid year.
  • The amount of your pending financial aid must exceed your total tuition and fee charges for the semester.
  • By charging your books and supplies to your student account, you are agreeing to limit your purchases to books and educationally related supplies. Allowable purchase can include textbooks and supplies, one bookbag per academic year, software required for class, required uniforms, required tools and one calculator per academic. Items not approved for purchase with financial aid funds include, but are not limited to apparel, food, candy, beverages, gift items and prepaid cards.
  • If the cost of your books and supplies is higher than your excess financial aid funds, you are responsible for paying the difference.
  • You are not required to purchase books through the GCC Virtual Bookstore. If eligible, your expense check will reimburse you for book costs if you decide to purchase your books through another source.

You do not need to apply for book purchase eligibility, but you must meet all requirements at least 1 month prior to the start of the semester.

  • Submitted all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Have enough financial aid authorized to cover your tuition and fee bill plus excess for book purchases. Authorized aid is aid that is "ready" to pay but the scheduled disbursement date has not yet arrived.
  • Not be ineligible for aid based on satisfactory academic progress status. 
  • Book purchases may begin two weeks prior to the start of each semester. They will end on the second of the semester.
  • Students who establish their eligibility for book purchase less than one month in advance may experience delays and will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To use financial aid as payment the amount of your authorized financial aid must exceed your total tuition and fee charges for the semester.


Book Purchase Opens

Book Purchase Closes

23 Fall Semester

August 14, 2023

September 8, 2023

24 Spring Semester

January 3, 2024

January 26, 2024

24 Summer Session

May 20, 2024

June 19, 2024


  • The amount of bookstore credit depends on the financial aid funds available to you. This amount can vary by student. If you have questions, check with the Financial Aid Office before charging books to your student account.
  • Book purchases will result in an increase in your student bill. When financial aid funds are disbursed after the census date the book charges will be paid by your financial aid, along with your tuition and fees balance. The remaining credit balance refund, if applicable will be deposited to your selected refund preference.

No. The bookstore charge process is only available to eligible students with financial aid funds more than their tuition and fees.

 Please refer to the Financial Aid Calendar for important dates.


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