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Do you want to buy your books and supplies before the semester begins, but are low on funds until you receive your first financial aid disbursement? You may qualify for a bookstore line of credit! The bookstore line of credit is available to eligible students in advance of the Fall and Spring semesters.


The bookstore line of credit program allows students who meet the following requirements to use up to $750 of their financial aid at the Los Rios bookstore. You are eligible if you:

  1. Have been awarded at least one of the following types of financial aid with an authorized disbursement:
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Direct Loan
    • Cal Grant
  2. Are a California resident for tuition purposes, or have a nonresident tuition exemption
  3. Have a financial aid award that exceeds tuition and fees for the semester
  4. Are enrolled in at least six (6) financial aid course applicable units

With a bookstore line of credit, you can charge your student account for the cost of course materials (textbooks, access codes, and so on) and school supplies purchased from the bookstore.

Students who meet the requirements automatically receive the bookstore line of credit. If you qualify for the line of credit, then you will receive an email at your preferred email address. The email will let you know that the line of credit is available, the line of credit's amount, and the last day you can use the line of credit. The line of credit is electronic and available as a credit at the Los Rios bookstore.

How to Use the Bookstore Line of Credit


To use a bookstore line of credit at the online bookstore:

  1. During checkout, choose Financial Aid/Vouchers/VA/Certificates as your payment method.
  2. Click the Find Accounts button.
  3. The Los Rios Single-Sign-On box will open. Log in using your Los Rios username (W + your 7-digit student ID) and password in the box.
  4. After you are logged in, the bookstore line of credit will display as Financial Aid Bookstore Line of Credit (with the current semester noted).


To use your line of credit in the store, let the cashier know that you would like to use your financial aid line of credit to pay for your course materials. You will need to provide a photo ID to complete the purchase.

When to Use the Bookstore Line of Credit

If you have other financial aid sources available (for example, an EOPS Book Voucher or textbook scholarship), then we recommend using those sources first and using the financial aid bookstore line of credit last to pay any remaining balance.

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