Financial Aid - Bookstore Purchases
Aid Programs | How to Apply for Aid | Apply For A Loan | Eligibility Requirements | Satisfactory Academic Progress | Determining Your Financial Need | Student Loans | Student Employment | How Aid is Disbursed | Bookstore Purchases | Withdrawals, Refunds, and Return of Aid | Appeal Process | Forms | Resources | Office Information | FAQ | Disclosure Statement
Can I purchase books using financial aid?
Yes, Ocean County College allows you to purchase books and reasonable supplies in the OCC Bookstore with pending financial aid in excess of your current tuition and fee charges. Bookstore charges are added to your account and deducted from your financial aid awards upon disbursement. If your financial aid awards do not total the bookstore charges, you will be expected to pay the remaining amount at the time of purchase.
The Financial Aid office suggests checking your financial aid award letter on Ocean Cruiser and cross referencing it with your tuition and fee charges to ensure you have enough excess aid to cover the cost of your books/supplies BEFORE going to the bookstore.
How do I purchase books/supplies using financial aid?
You can purchase books/supplies with financial aid online or in person (see below). Upon collection of your orders, the OCC Bookstore will ask you to sign a receipt which will act as your authorization to use financial aid to cover your charges.
Please Note: When purchasing books/supplies with financial aid, the OCC Bookstore will not allow you to collect them until the first day of the term. You will have the first 10 business days of a regular term (Fall, Spring etc.) and the first 5 business days of a quick term to purchase your books with financial aid. After this time, you will not be permitted to use financial aid to purchase books/supplies.
What can I purchase with financial aid?
You can use your financial aid excess to purchase any books/supplies sold at the OCC Bookstore. You cannot use financial aid to purchase books or supplies from external sources (unless authorized by the Bookstore for Lab orders etc.). A Cashier at the OCC Bookstore may question the quantity of any item(s) purchased if it appears unreasonable for your needs. They have the right to deny any purchase with financial aid.
You can only use your financial aid to cover your educational expenses. You cannot use your financial aid to purchase books/supplies for a family member or friend.