Financial Aid Bookstore Authorizations
financial aid exceeds the cost of their tuition and charges will receive a
refund for the surplus amount.
The University of North Florida authorizes students who anticipate a financial aid refund to use all or part of that
refund in the UNF Bookstore. The amount of the bookstore authorization is
limited to the anticipated financial aid refund and may not exceed $600 per
Eligible students will receive notification of their bookstore authorization
via their UNF email account. The email will direct students to their myWings
account to view the value of the authorization. Students can monitor their
transaction history and balance remaining on the authorization in myWings.
A bookstore authorization is part of a student’s total financial aid – it is
not additional funding – and the value represents the anticipated refund at the
time the authorization was issued. Changes to enrollment, especially changes
that increase a student’s fee assessment, may result in changes to the actual
value of the bookstore authorization. Changes to the value of a bookstore
authorization will be reflected in the student's myWings account.
The bookstore authorization may be used between the date the student receives
the email and the expiration date given in the email. The expiration date is
generally the next calendar day following the Add/Drop period.
Students who have enough total semester financial aid
accepted to cover their semester charges with money left over qualify for
bookstore authorizations. Remember, only aid that you have accepted is counted
toward a bookstore authorization. PLEASE NOTE: Student loans must be accepted
each academic year.
The maximum you can receive is $600. However, individual amounts will vary based on how much financial aid overage you have.
If you qualify for a bookstore authorization, you will
receive an email via your secure UNF e-mail address. The e-mail will direct you to log into
myWings to learn the amount for which you have qualified.
Bookstore authorizations are typically created two weeks
prior to the beginning of each semester. We will send daily e-mails to notify
students who have newly qualified throughout the authorization usage period.
Bookstore authorizations are typically valid until the end of the add/drop period.
You can use your bookstore authorization in the UNF
Bookstore or online via unfstore.com
In person at
the UNF Bookstore: When you get to the register, inform the cashier that you
are using your bookstore authorization and the cashier will prompt you to swipe
your Osprey1 Card. The value of your authorization will be deducted from your
total bill. You will have to pay for any difference between your authorization
amount and your total bill.
Online via unfstore.com: During the online payment process you will be asked if you are using financial
aid to pay for books. Choose the Bookstore Authorization Program option. It will prompt you to enter your “1 Card #.” You will find your 16-digit “1 Card #” on
your Osprey1 Card beneath your UNF ID number.
You may use your bookstore authorization to purchase any book or supply that is educational in nature.
Yes. During the online payment process you will be asked if you are using financial aid to pay for books. Choose the Bookstore Authorization Program option. It will prompt you to enter your “1 Card #”. You will find your 16-digit “1 Card #”, on your Osprey1 Card beneath your UNF ID number.
No. A bookstore authorization is an advance of your anticipated financial aid overage. It is
not additional money.
The most common reasons for not getting a bookstore
- You do not have enough financial aid to create a financial
- You are not registered for classes yet
- You are not
registered for enough credit hours to qualify for the financial aid you have
- You haven’t accepted your student loans in myWings yet
Bookstore authorizations are dynamic and can vary daily based on changes in: registration, billing and/or financial aid. Log in to myWings to view your daily bookstore authorization balance as of that morning. MyWings will reflect all purchases and returns as well as any adjustments (up or down) based on aid or registration changes the next day.
Any unused bookstore authorization funds will be returned to you when you receive your financial aid refund.
After the add/drop period has ended and your financial aid disburses, your bookstore charges will be paid using your financial aid overage. After all charges have been paid, you will receive any leftover financial aid via the regular refund process.
This is likely due to changes in your financial aid and/or
your registration since your bookstore authorization was last calculated. The
most common reasons for a reduction or cancellation of a bookstore
- You no longer have enough financial aid to create a
financial aid overage
- You are no longer registered for classes
- You are no longer registered for enough credit hours to
qualify for the financial aid you have accepted
Yes. Bookstore authorizations are recalculated daily during
the usage period. Bookstore authorizations can be both increased and decreased
based on changes to your aid and/or registration. Remember, the maximum total
amount you can receive per semester is $600.
No. However, your bookstore authorization can be increased during the usage period (up to the maximum $600 per semester) if your financial aid overage increases.
If you return a book purchased with a bookstore
authorization during the usage period the return amount will be credited back to your bookstore authorization. If you
return a book after the usage period the bookstore will determine how you will receive your refund. Remember, all
UNF bookstore policies will be enforced on returned merchandise.
After the add/drop period has ended, but before financial aid disburses, you will have a charge placed on your UNF bill for the bookstore authorization amount that you spent. You must pay this amount within five business days to avoid a $100 late payment fee. Unpaid balances can also result in financial holds, which will prevent you from making any registration changes.
If you are going through the verification process, you can still receive and utilize a bookstore authorization. However, your financial aid offer is an estimate until verification is complete. Remember: you are not being awarded additional money for books. You are simply using your anticipated financial award in advance of you aid disbursing. If your financial aid award is adjusted during the verification process, this could alter the value of the authorization. You will owe any balance not covered by your awards.