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Financial Aid Advance Purchase Program


Spring Semester 2011: December 21 thru January 14

  • What is the purpose of this service?
    At the beginning of the Fall and Spring Terms Student Financial Services gives students that meet specific criteria the ability to use their Financial Aid to pay for books at the FGCU Bookstore and purchase meal plans through Eagle Dining.
  • When does this service take place?
    This service typically starts a few days before the start of classes and ends on the last day of drop/add. Once the specific dates are finalized, an All Student email is sent out.
  • How does this service work?
    All the necessary information is stored on your Eagle ID card. The FGCU Bookstore and/or the Meal Plan Office will swipe your Eagle ID card and your Financial Aid will be reduced (the available balance varies depending on the amount and type of Financial Aid you are awarded). When you log onto Gulfline you will see a charge on your account for your purchases. When your Financial Aid is disbursed it will be applied toward this charge. You must have an Eagle ID in order to take advantage of this service.
  • What can I spend this money on?
    This service allows you to use your excess Financial Aid to purchase books through the FGCU Bookstore and/or to purchase a meal plan through Eagle Dining. It is up to you on how you want to split your purchases. For example: If you have $1,000.00 in excess Financial Aid you have the option to use the entire amount at the bookstore, or the entire amount to purchase a meal plan, or you could choose to use a portion of your aid at both places. 
  • What types of Financial Aid can be used for this service?
    • Private Scholarships
    • Foundation Scholarships
    • Grants
    • Bright Futures
    • Loans
    • Florida Prepaid

The sum of the Financial Aid listed above must be greater than your Total Account Balance to take advantage of this service.

  • What criteria do I have to meet to take advantage of this service?
    Students must meet the following criteria in order to use this service:
    1. Listed below are the types of Financial Aid available for use with this service and their respective criteria that must be completed prior to the beginning of the Financial Aid Advance Purchase Program period.

      **Please note Private Scholarships, Foundation Scholarships, Grants, Bright Futures, and Loans require the Terms and Conditions to be completed.

      Private Scholarships
      a. No additional requirements required.

      Foundation Scholarships
      a. The thank you letter must be completed.
      b. The picture must be taken.
      c. Scholarship acceptance form must be received.

      a. No additional requirements required.

      Bright Futures
      a. No additional requirements required.

      a. The loan must be accepted
      b. An entrance interview must be completed (first time borrowers only)
      c. The Master Promissory note must be electronically signed (first time borrowers only)

      Florida Prepaid
      Florida Prepaid needs to be listed under Estimated Financial Aid in the Bill & Payment Center.

      **Please note if you have been selected for the Financial Aid Verification Process it must be completed prior to the beginning of the Financial Aid Advance Purchase Program in order for you to take advantage of this service.
    2. Your Financial Aid must be greater than your entire Account Balance. Your Account Balance includes all University Financial obligations for your current term, all unpaid balances from past terms, and all Housing installments. 
    3. All criteria listed above must have been completed prior to beginning of the Financial Aid Advance Purchase Program period.

      How much can I spend?
      This depends on your account balance and the amount and type of Financial Aid you will be receiving. Please note that all University Financial obligations must have been satisfied first. The amount you can spend may vary if there are changes in enrollment.

      Can I use this service to buy books online through the University Bookstore?
      No, this service is only available in person at the FGCU Bookstore.

      Where do I go if this service is not working properly for me?
      Please contact the ID Card Office in McTarnaghan Hall #142 and/or 239-590-SMILE (7645)