A book advance is a way to have funding put on your Providence College ID card to be used in the campus bookstore to pay for books and supplies at the beginning of each semester. A book advance can only be used to pay for purchases in person at the campus book store and is not available to purchase items through their online system.
If you have a pending credit on your student account, you can access up to one-half of your yearly budgeted allowance for books, per semester, before the semester begins to use towards your books and supplies in the campus book store.
A pending credit is when your total financial aid (including loans, but not work-study funding) exceeds your total Providence College charges for the semester. Although your actual credit may be higher, the maximum allowed is half the annual budgeted book costs as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Your requested amount cannot exceed your expected costs for books and supplies or exceed your pending credit in a given semester.
All students can access the Book Advance Request by visiting our Forms section of the web. Undergraduate day school students can complete the form in person, via fax or regular standard mail. Since Graduate and School of Continuing Education (SCE) students are not issued Providence College ID cards, a temporary card will be issued by the Card Access Office for use in the bookstore if you are eligible for the book advance. Therefore, Graduate and SCE students can only fill out the book advance request in person in order to receive the temporary card.
Please note that the book advance request is actually a charge that is being added to your billing statement. Therefore, it will reduce the remaining pending credit available to you once all of your actual financial aid is applied towards your bill. If your anticipated financial aid changes for any reason since receiving your book advance, you are responsible for paying the charge on your student account generated by this request.