Office of Student Financial Services

book advances from financial aid

If there is a credit balance after all the financial aid has been applied, the student will be issued a refund. This typically occurs roughly one month after the start of the semester, but some refunds may be issued later depending on the academic program or type of fund. For more information on student refunds from overpayments, visit the Student Refund Information page.

As refunds are not issued immediately, book advances are available upon request to students due back a refund and are issued in increments of $50.00. These book advances may only be used at the MCLA Bookstore located in the Campus Center or on the MCLA Bookstore website. These advances can be used for most items in the bookstore, excluding gift cards. Book advances can be released to the student as early as the day before the semester starts at the Student Accounts Office by showing a valid photo ID.

Fall 2021 Book Advances: Book advances for the Fall 2021 semester will be available by appointment only beginning Tuesday, August 31, 2021.


  1. If you are recieving a refund*, email from your MCLA email address and provide your full name and A#. In the email, state that you are requesting a book advance for the fall 2021 semester.
  2. We will contact you with additional steps in late August to complete your request.

*If you have questions about the book advance process or are unsure of your eligibility, contact us at or call 413.662.5230.