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Do you want to buy your books and supplies before the semester begins, but are low on funds until you receive your first financial aid disbursement? You may qualify for a bookstore line of credit! The bookstore line of credit is available to eligible students in advance of the Fall and Spring semesters.


The bookstore line of credit program allows students who meet the following requirements to use up to $750 of their financial aid at the Los Rios bookstore. You are eligible if you:

  1. Have been awarded a Federal Pell and/or Cal Grant, and have an authorized disbursement
  2. Are a California resident for tuition purposes, or have a nonresident tuition exemption
  3. Have a financial aid award that exceeds tuition and fees for the semester
  4. Are enrolled in at least six (6) financial aid course applicable units

With a bookstore line of credit, you can charge your student account for the cost of course materials (textbooks, access codes, and so on) and school supplies purchased from the bookstore.

Students who meet the requirements automatically receive the bookstore line of credit. If you qualify for the line of credit, then you will receive an email at your preferred email address. The email will let you know that the line of credit is available, the line of credit's amount, and the last day you can use the line of credit. The line of credit is electronic and available as a credit at the Los Rios bookstore.

How to Use the Bookstore Line of Credit


To use a bookstore line of credit at the online bookstore:

  1. During checkout, choose Financial Aid/Vouchers/VA/Certificates as your payment method.
  2. Click the Find Accounts button.
  3. The Los Rios Single-Sign On box will open. Log in using your Los Rios username (W + your 7-digit student ID) and password in the box.
  4. After you are logged in, the bookstore line of credit will display as Financial Aid Bookstore Line of Credit (with current semester noted).

In Store

To use your line of credit in the store, simply let the cashier know that you would like to use your financial aid line of credit to pay for your course materials. You will need to provide photo ID to complete the purchase.

When to Use the Bookstore Line of Credit

If you have other financial aid sources available (for example, an EOPS Book Voucher, textbook scholarship, and so on), then we recommend using those other sources first and using the financial aid bookstore line of credit last to pay any remaining balance.

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