Financial Aid

Upcoming Financial Aid Dates and Information on using Aid Awards

Financial Aid includes all GCS Sponsorship for CCP, EMC, Pell grants, Loans, Scholarships and other non-cash, cc or checks used in the stores. 

Spring Minimester 2024

Online & In-Store:

March 8th – 18th, 2024

Summer 2024

Online & In-Store:

May 13th – June 3rd, 2024

Fall 2024


July 30th - August 23rd


August 5th - August 23rd

Using Financial Aid in the Campus Store

What is a bookstore advance?
A bookstore advance allows eligible students to purchase all or a portion of their books from the Campus Store using their excess financial aid funds. These charges are added to the student’s tuition account to be paid when their aid is disbursed to the account. The amount of your financial aid refund will be reduced by what is spent in the Campus Store.  Bookstore advances can be utilized in the Campus Store or on the website during the posted charge period dates at the beginning of each term. Each student has a spending limit for these funds, and none exceed $1600 per term.  

Who is eligible?
If you have been awarded a scholarship, a sponsorship, federal or state grants, and/or Federal Direct Student Loans*, and if the amount of your aid exceeds the cost of your tuition/fees, you may qualify for a bookstore advance to help with the cost of your books. If you owe high school transcripts or other paperwork to the Admissions or Financial Aid Offices, you must satisfy the condition before being eligible for an advance.

* Federal Direct Loans will credit your account only if you have accepted your student loan(s) online via self-service ( This process may take 1-3 business days before crediting your account and generating a bookstore advance.

What can I purchase using my Financial Aid award?

Most grants and loans allow you to purchase course books, software, school supplies and technology needed for your coursework.  If using a scholarship or a sponsorship, be sure to refer to your award letter for limits.   Some items like kits, uniforms, and computers can only be purchased in-store and not online.  Have your Student I.D., another acceptable ID, and your schedule BEFORE coming to the stores.  

How do I know if I have a bookstore advance available?
Students can check their self-service account ( under “My Bookstore Available Funds”.    

ONLINE ORDERING: Online orders are sent to your home via UPS Ground and come with a $9.99 shipping charge. Please email if you need a quote for shipping internationally.  All military APO addresses are eligible for 9.99 shipping.

Online orders are typically processed within 48 business hours but can take longer during the first week of classes. If you need a book immediately, we recommend visiting the Campus Store in person. Books/Access Codes ordered online should be ordered under the store where your course and section are offered.

All orders are filled with books we have in-stock at the time you place your order. If we do not have a book in your order, that portion of your ordered will not be filled, you will not be charged for that book, and you will need to check the in-stock status of the book again after you receive your order. Prices on our website are subject to change and the correct price will be listed on your receipt.

RETURNS/EXCHANGES: Please complete your return or exchange once you drop or add a course.  The final date to complete a return or exchange for a term is the last day of the Financial Aid charge period.  Receipt is required. All mailed returns/exchanges must arrive by this date so that we can credit your account properly; otherwise, they are returned to sender.  Book Buyback is available after this date. 

Thank you again for shopping the GTCC Bookstore. Have a great Semester!

Click this link to go to our FINANCIAL AID OFFICE website for more information how to apply and use Financial Aid at GTCC. 

Notice:  For your personal information protection, only share your student I.D. number with Faculty and Staff as required.  If you believe someone has obtained your Student I.D. or I.D. number under false pretenses, please alert the Registrar's Office.