Book Advance FAQs

A book advance is an advance on your financial aid refund that allows you to purchase or rent books and purchase supplies at the BRCC Bookstore. The amount of the book advance will be deducted from your financial aid refund.

 Book Advance Periods - Summer 2019

8-Week Semester and 1st 4-Week Session 
 May 28th - June 6th
 Classes beginning June 3rd
 2nd- 4 Week Session
July 1st - July 5th
 Classes beginning July 1st


Where is the bookstore located?
The bookstore is located :

  Store Location   Hours of Operation
Bienvenue Student Center
201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Monday-Friday 8:00a-6:00p

3250 N. Acadian Thruway E
Baton Rouge, LA 70805

Monday - Friday 9:00a-2:00p
(During the Book Voucher period)

How do I qualify for a Book Advance?
Students with remaining funds after tuition and fees are deducted will be allowed to participate in the book advance process.

How do I apply for a Book Advance?
No need to apply. If you meet the qualifications to obtain a Book Advance, your name will be added to the file that is sent to the bookstore. The file is sent daily.

How much can I receive?
The amount depends on the expected amount of financial aid funding remaining after your charges are paid. This includes tuition and fees.

If you qualify to participate in the book advance program, you will receive an eligibility amount once the financial aid office has authorized the financial aid to your account.  The minimum amount is $100.00. The maximum amount of a book voucher is $1000.

Do I have to spend it all at once?
No. You can make several purchases at the bookstore up until the last day of the book advance period for the semester or until you have spent the full amount of your advance, whichever comes first.

What if I don’t spend the full amount of my advance?
You will only be charged for the amount that you spend at the BRCC Bookstore. If you do not use the full amount of the advance, your account will be adjusted to reflect your actual purchases.

If you do not owe a student account balance, you will be issued a financial aid refund for the remaining amount. Refund processing can take up to two weeks after the last day of the book advance period.

What happens if my book advance expires?
Book advances are offered each semester to students who meet the eligibility criteria for that semester. Each advance is specific to the semester it was offered. For example, you cannot use a book advance from the fall semester in the spring semester.

If you decide not the use the advance, you will receive the funds in the form of a financial aid refund, which you may use to purchase your books/supplies. Refund processing can take up to two weeks after the last day of the book advance period.

Can I rent textbooks from the bookstore with my book advance?
Yes. You can pay textbook rental fees with your bookstore advance. A credit card (some debit cards with a Visa/MasterCard logo will work) must be presented to guarantee the return of the book by the last day of finals.

What can I purchase with my book advance?
Required and recommended textbooks, digital textbooks (eTextbook), required supplies such as calculators and lab coats as well as course supplies like pens, pencils, and paper. You can purchase technology items like tablets, laptops, and other devices. Additionally, reference books are eligible to be purchased, such as language translation dictionaries, text exam books, and study aids for courses.

What if I am not on the list?
It will depend on if you have available funds to use in the bookstore, when the Financial Aid Office has authorized your funds to your account and when the Title IV authorization form was completed. The file is sent to the bookstore daily. If the Title IV authorization form is completed late in the afternoon, you will not be on the list until the next day.

Why was my book advance amount reduced or canceled?
If you’ve made any changes to your registration charges and your student account balance exceeds the amount of financial aid you are scheduled to receive, you will no longer qualify for the initial amount you were offered.