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Book Advances


Book Advances allow you to use a portion of your anticipated financial aid to purchase textbooks and supplies from any business; however, certain required course materials are customized and only available from specific vendors.

Before purchasing your required course materials, please review your Mini-Syllabus to see specific requirements for textbooks, access codes, laboratory kits and other course resources.

Each semester, Rio Salado College will initiate a one-time only book advance that eligible students can use to purchase text books and supplies for upcoming classes. To qualify, the student must have a projected financial aid award, and have sufficient aid to cover his or her outstanding student account balance. In order to make sure that you are able to receive a Book Advance as early as possible, you must meet the financial aid Priority Filing Deadline for your semester block start date.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she meets all financial aid terms and conditions to qualify to receive the Book Advance. If a student receives a book advance, and is subsequently determined to not have been eligible to receive it, then the student is responsible for returning those funds to Rio Salado College.

Book Advance Amounts

Semester Enrollment Level # of Credits Maximum Book Advance Amount for Semester
Full Time 12 or More Credits $640*
¾ Time 9 to 11 Credits $480*
½ Time 6 to 8 Credits $320*
Less than ½ Time Less than 6 Credits $160*


*To qualify for the maximum amount, students must have enough financial aid to cover their outstanding student account balance plus enough aid to also receive the maximum Book Advance amount.