Student Services

Book and Supply Charge Program

The Book and Supply Charge Program allows students to purchase educational books and supplies from our campus bookstores and to charge those items directly to their student account at the University. This allows students the opportunity to pay for books and supplies, along with other tuition and fees, by the standard University billing polices and dates.

Book and Supply Charge amounts will be charged to the Student Account and must be paid in full, along with all other tuition and fees, by the standard University Billing Due Dates. These charges can be subsequently paid by this quarter’s financial aid disbursements or with personal funds. Students who are eligible for a financial aid refund may be able to have these charges deducted automatically from the refund. Students who are not eligible for a refund will be responsible for paying these charges on their student bill due later in the quarter.

Students may only purchase their own books and supplies for the current quarter during the authorized purchase period. Any violation of this policy is considered a violation of the student conduct policy and is subject to disciplinary review.

Students are permitted to purchase course books from any vendor, whether in person or online. While books may have a lower price elsewhere, the Book and Supply Charge program is only valid for purchases from our on-campus vendors—The Seminary Coop Bookstore and Barnes & Noble.

Bookstore Location Website
Barnes & Noble 970 E. 58th Street uchicago.bncollege.com
Seminary Co-op 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. www.semcoop.com

 

Dates & Process

 

 Purchase Period begins

 Purchase Period ends

 Autumn Quarter 2019 Monday, September 9 Saturday, October 26
 Winter Quarter 2020 Monday, December 2 Saturday, February 1
 Spring Quarter 2020 Monday, March 9 Saturday, April 25
  • Check course materials and determine your book needs for the quarter.
  • If you choose to use the BSC Program, fill out the online form, print it, and bring it to the campus Barnes & Noble or Seminary Co-op during the purchase period.
  • If you choose to use BSC, you can purchase one, some, or all of your books at the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore or the Seminary Co-op.
  • After you make purchases using the BSC program, review your student account and pay any charges that you might owe on your next student bill. You will see the charges reflected within one business day. For details on billing due dates, please visit the Bursar’s website.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the FAQs below or email the Dean of Students Office at ccss@uchicago.edu

The BSC program is through the end of Week 4 in each quarter. Please consult the Purchase Period table above for exact dates.

The Book and Supply Charge Form verifies your eligibility for the program and ensures that your charges are processed correctly to your student account.

If you lose your form, you may log in and reprint the form from the BSC program website.

The charges you make through the program will be reflected on your student account maintained by the Office of the Bursar. You can see your balance under the Financials tab in the Student Portal at my.uchicago.edu. Charges processed through BSC should be reflected on your student account within one business day.

Once you purchase books through BSC, you will see those charges on the next scheduled bill cycle. If you make your purchase after you receive your regular quarterly bill, you will see the new charges on the next billing cycle. Please consult with the 2018-19 Billing Dates for billing dates and due dates in order to avoid penalties caused by late payment.

The student budget estimates $600 per quarter for books and supplies. You may choose to spend more or less than this but should understand how that affects your other personal expenses. 

You can return your books according to bookstore policies through the end of the purchase period (see above).

Only in-person purchases made through the on-campus bookstores, Barnes & Noble and the Seminary Co-op, are eligible for the program. Please note that the program is completely optional and many students choose to do comparison shopping to determine how to purchase their books each quarter.