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 voucher!
The bookstore voucher 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:
- Have been awarded a Federal Pell and/or Cal Grant, and have an authorized disbursement
- Are a California resident for tuition purposes, or have a nonresident tuition exemption
- Have a financial aid award that exceeds tuition and fees for the semester
- Are enrolled in at least six (6) financial aid course applicable units for the fall or spring semester, or three (3) financial aid course applicable units for the summer semester
With a bookstore voucher, 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 voucher. If you qualify for the voucher, then you will receive an email at your preferred email address. The email will let you know that the voucher is available, the voucher's amount, and the last day you can use the voucher. The voucher is electronic and available as a credit at the Los Rios bookstore.
How to Use the Bookstore Voucher
To use a bookstore voucher at the online bookstore:
- During checkout, choose Financial Aid/Vouchers/VA/Certificates as your payment method.
- Click the Find Accounts button.
- 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.
- After you are logged in, the bookstore voucher will display as Financial Aid Bookstore Voucher (with current semester noted).
When to Use the Bookstore Voucher
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 voucher last to pay any remaining balance.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the bookstore voucher is not an additional financial aid award. It is an advance on your financial aid. Any items you buy using the bookstore voucher will be charged to your student account and deducted from your financial aid.
For spring 2021, the bookstore voucher will be available from January 4, 2021 to January 14, 2021.
Every student meeting the requirements will automatically receive a voucher. During the voucher period, an updated student file is sent daily to the bookstore. If you recently completed the requirements, then it may take a couple of days before your voucher is available at the bookstore.
If it has been more than a couple of days and you haven't received a voucher, then contact your college's Financial Aid Office. They will help you to determine why you haven't received your voucher.
No, students may choose how much of the voucher to use. We will only charge the amount used to a student's account.
No, students can make as many purchases as they want until they have spent the full amount of the voucher or until the charge period closes, whichever comes first.
In cases where a student's financial aid eligibility changes and their financial aid funds are not enough to cover their bookstore voucher charges, they will have a hold placed on their account. Those students will be unable to register for classes in subsequent terms until they have repaid the remaining balance.
The total amount you charge using the bookstore voucher will appear as Bookstore Charges on your Los Rios student account in eServices. The charge will post to your account the first week of the semester, before the first financial aid disbursement.
Yes, but you are still required to set up a valid rental account. Rental accounts require that you have a credit card on file as collateral for any unreturned books. For more information on setting up a rental account, visit the rental section of the bookstore website.
During the bookstore voucher period, you can return items in accordance with the bookstore return policy. The amount of the return will be added back to your bookstore voucher and available for use through the last day of the voucher period. After the voucher period closes, refunds on returned items will be issued in cash for in-person refunds and via gift card for online returns.