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Student Bookstore Charging Process

All registered students can charge required textbooks and program supplies available in the bookstore.  Other items may be charged if you have available financial aid.

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 items at the bookstore up to the amount of available funds after tuition, fees, books and required supplies have been deducted.  Any items not covered by a student’s financial aid will be the student’s responsibility to pay.  You CANNOT charge unless you have a certified financial aid award, have set up a payment plan, or made the required minimum payment.

Bookstore charging begins:

  • August 1 for fall semester
  • December 1 for spring semester
  • May 1 for summer semester

The charging period ends on the fifth day of each semester.

Charging in the Bookstores:

To charge in the bookstores, you must present your student id or other photo id at the time of purchase and present your class schedule.

Online bookstore charging:

To charge through the online bookstore, select financial aid as your payment type and enter your StarID in the account number field during checkout.

The following is a list of items all students may charge at the bookstores, regardless of financial aid availability:

  • Required textbooks and course materials.
  • Required kits, uniforms, supplies, equipment and tools sold in the bookstore.

  • The following is a list of additional items you may charge at the bookstore if you have available financial aid (after books have been charged):

  • Laptop computers available in the bookstore; can be charged only on Thursday and Friday of the first week of fall and spring semesters.
  • A $300 meal plan is available for charging during the first week of fall and spring semesters.

  • The following is a list of items you may NOT charge at the bookstore:

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers
  • Backpacks
  • Folders, pencils, pens, notebooks, etc.
  • Apparel





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East Grand Forks Bookstore
2022 Central Ave NE
East Grand Forks, MN 65721
(218) 793-2417

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Thief River Falls Bookstore
1101 Highway One East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
(218) 683-8547

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