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Financial Aid Charging Information

  Financial aid charging is made available each semester to students who have a certified financial aid award and who have funds that exceed the amount of their tuition and fees. Financial aid charging allows students to charge books at the College Store up to the amount available after tuition and fees are paid, up to a maximum amount of $700. Students in programs with a higher expense of required textbook and course supplies will be allowed to charge at an increased maximum.Charges made against financial aid will be deducted prior to disbursement. Any charges not covered by a student's financial aid will be the student's responsibility to pay.

Prior to attempting to use your financial aid at the College Store, it is your responsibility to confirm that there are financial aid funds available for charging. You can calculate your financial aid availability in the College Store by subtracting your balance due for the semester from your total financial aid loans and grants. For example: if you have a total of $3000 certified financial aid loans and grants and your total balance for the semester (including tuition & fees) is $2500, you will have $500 available to use for College Store purchases.

Financial aid charging is available only during a specific period of time each semester. Check the College Store and our website for dates.

Please note each student's financial aid availability is different and various factors -- sometimes unknown to the College Store -- can prevent financial aid from being available for charging. While College Store staff can verify the availability of financial aid funds for purchases, If you have specific questions regarding your financial aid please contact the Financial Aid Office at 612-659-6240 or visit Student Services in room T.2200.
  Financial aid charging in the College Store
  To charge against your financial aid in the College Store, you must present your Minneapolis College Campus Card (student ID) at the time of purchase. If you do not have a Campus Card please visit the cStore (located in H.1600) to get one. If you are unable to get a Campus Card you may present an government issued photo ID with your class schedule (your name and student ID must be printed on your schedule). You will also need to provide your star ID (this is an 8-character identifier consisting of two letters, followed by 4 numbers, and then 2 letters) at the time of purchase.
  Financial aid charging @ (online orders)
  To charge against your financial aid through the College Store's website, select financial aid ("FA") as your payment type and enter your star ID in the account number field during check-out.
  Guidelines for financial aid charging
  The following is a list of items you may purchase at the College Store with financial aid charging:
    • Required textbooks/course materials, dictionaries and study aids
    • Required kits, uniforms, supplies, equipment and tools related to the classes you are currently enrolled in (i.e. art kits, safety goggles, scrubs, etc.)
    • General school supplies
    • Go-To Passes (1 per student)
    • USB drive (1 per student)
    • Calculator (1 per student)
    • Voice recorder (1 per student)
    • Lanyard and ID holder
    • Water bottles & thermoses
    • Clothing
  The following items are NOT available for purchase with financial aid charging:
    • Headphones, earbuds, speakers
    • Batteries
    • Umbrellas
    • Food, snacks, and beverages
    • Health & beauty products
    • Bus cards other than the Full Semester Go-To College Pass that is offered during the Fall & Spring Semesters.

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