Book Advances allow you to use a portion of your anticipated aid to purchase textbooks and supplies from any business: however, certain required course materials are customized and only available from specific vendors.
Each semester, the Book Advance is an advance of funds to eligible students. To qualify, the student must have an anticipated 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.
Students who qualify to receive a Book Advance have the right to opt out of the process, in which case, funds designated as Book Advance monies will be included with the student's financial aid refund.
In most cases, Book Advances will be issued as early as 7 business days before the start of the student's semester through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). The Book Advance release date has been established by the Maricopa Community College District.
In order to receive your Book Advance funds as soon as possible, it is essential for new students to monitor their student email account and Student Center at my.maricopa.edu for instructions to enroll in the Maricopa Student Refund Program. The debit card and direct deposit options are generally the fastest way for students to receive refunds in hand. Typically, a student will receive a notification within 1 to 2 business days after receiving their anticipated financial aid award.
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.