Buying Books with Financial Aid

If you have financial aid funds available after paying tuition, fees, you may use it to purchase textbooks at the Barnes & Noble at TCC store locations or on the bookstore’s website. 

When You Can Purchase Books

There is a limited charge period each semester when you can purchase books using your financial aid award. Please wait 24 hours after your financial aid award is posted in SIS before buying books.

Spring 2018 semester

First charge period  (16- and 12-week sessions)
Charge Period starts: December 19, 2017
Charge Period ends: February 6, 2018

Second charge period  (2nd 8-week session)
Charge Period starts: March 7, 2018
Charge Period ends: March 14, 2018

What You Can Purchase

Your excess financial aid can be used to purchase:

  • Required and supplemental/optional textbooks for each class on your schedule that apply to your academic program
  • Supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators, etc.
  • Additional items required for your academic program, such as uniforms (if required for lab or class participation), stethoscopes, culinary knives, protective goggles, etc.
Purchasing Items in the Store

You will need your TCC ID card and a copy of your class schedule. Visit the Student Financial Awards (SFA) counter when you arrive at the bookstore.

The bookstore staff will confirm your available funds, give you your purchasing sheet, and answer any of your questions.
View bookstore locations and hours

Purchasing Items Online

Visit the Barnes & Noble at TCC website and click the “shop now” button.

At checkout, select the Student Financial Aid payment option and enter your SIS/EMPL ID# in the provided space. Read and acknowledge the Terms of Use agreement, and complete your purchase.

Determine if You Have Available Funds

Log into SIS to view your financial aid award. Subtract your tuition and fees from your total financial aid award to see if you have funds available to purchase books. For example:

Award Amount
Pell Grant Award $1,225
Commonwealth Award (COMA)* $150
Subsidized loan $850
Total financial aid award** $2,225
Subtract tuition and fees -$2,173.20
Funds available to purchase textbooks $51.80

* COMA and PTAP grants may only be used to pay tuition and fees; they cannot be used to purchase textbooks. 

** Remember the amount of the award you see in SIS is based upon your taking 12 or more credit hours. Your Pell award will be adjusted if you are not taking 12 or more credit hours that apply to your academic program.


Contact your campus financial aid office if you have any questions.

Financial Aid Offices

Financial aid help is available 24/7/365 by phone and online

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 855-308-5614


Andrews Building, Room 1120
300 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 855-308-5614


Building A, Room A152
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 855-308-5614

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B205
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 855-308-5614