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Book Advances


Book Advances allow students to use a portion of their 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 any required course materials, students should review their 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 to eligible students to purchase text books and supplies for upcoming classes. To qualify, the student must have a projected financial aid (FA) award, and have sufficient aid to cover any and all outstanding student account balances, plus enough FA to also receive a book advance based on enrollment levels.

Students can ensure they are able to receive a Book Advance as early as possible by meeting meet the FA Priority Filing Deadline for each semester block start date.

Book Advance Option

Students have the option to “Opt In/Opt Out of Book Advances by logging into their Student Services Center > Financial Aid > Opt In/Out Book Advance.

NOTE: Only Opt In students will be disbursed a Book Advance.

Deadline and Timelines

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.