Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the college store make on textbooks?
After the store expenses have been paid, a college store makes about four cents for every dollar of new
textbooks sold. The money that is made goes back to the institution or into student programs to help defray other costs of higher education.
When is the campus store open?
How do I find my textbooks in the campus store?
- When you visit the store there is always someone available to help you find what you need.
- Each textbook aisle has signs posted at the beginning to let you know what is down that particular aisle.
- The classes are listed in the following order:
- Alphabetized by subject.
- In numerical order by course number.
- Alphabetized by instructors last name.
- Shelf tags are listed for every class letting you know what is required for your class.
- If there is not a book required then the shelf tag will state "No Book Required."
- The shelf tag will also list whether the book is required or optional and also provides the new and used book price.
- Always look in the comment area located in the upper left hand corner below the section number to see if
anything special is indicated for that class.
- Your textbook(s) needed for the class will be shelved either below or above the shelf tag.
- We will have an arrow on the shelf tags letting you know in what direction to look.
- It is important to make sure that the book(s) you purchase is for the class that you need.
- Always check the book you are purchasing against the shelf tag for the class.
- If you have any questions then please see one of the campus store staff. If we don't have the answer, we will find someone who does.
How do I use a grant or financial aid in the campus store?
Each semester, the Bursar’s Office sets dates for students to use their financial aid to purchase materials in the bookstore. Generally, it begins on the day late registration begins and lasts for approximately three weeks. However, these dates are subject to change. For exact dates each semester, contact the MGA Campus Store.
The MGA Campus Store cashier will ask to see your MGA student picture ID and then will enter your MGA ID number into the cash register at the time of purchase by means of a link to the Banner Student Information System. Your available Banner credit balance will be used to complete the sale. Your purchases will be posted to your Banner student account with the transaction description of: FABK - Fin Aid Campus Store Sales.
You can make multiple Campus Store purchases using your student account credit balance up to the maximum $1500.
Your Financial Aid award may be used to purchase any merchandise in the MGA Campus Store including books, supplies, book bags, electronics and computer supplies, and MGA clothing.
How many used textbooks are available?
The MGA Campus Store goes to great lengths to obtain used textbooks for you. Used textbook availability requires the cooperation of faculty, Campus Store text buyers and students. The process below describes how used textbooks are obtained and how you as a student fit into the process.
At the end of each semester the Campus Store sponsors Book Buyback during the week of finals. Bring in all of the books you don't want to keep. Cash is paid for these books during Buyback based on the following conditions:
- If the book is being used next semester, we will generally pay you approximately 50% of the price you paid for the book at the beginning of the semester.
- If the book is not being used next semester, you may sell it to a book wholesaler in the store, provided there is a market value for the book.
- If you have materials with no market value (old editions or those with a one-time copyright), we have a donations program to place these materials into needy hands.
Keep in mind that less than half of the used textbooks sold come from our own Buyback. The majority come from students like yourselves who sold their books to the national market to get cash and benefit others just like you. Chances are good that the used textbook in your hand was sold back by someone on a different campus. The difference in the price you paid covers the logistics of making them available in useful quantities to schools across the nation and to you. So, the more students who take advantage of Buyback, the more used textbooks are available for students to buy next semester.
For more information about our buybacks and buyback policies, click here.
What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy can be found by clicking here.
Why should I purchase from the MGA campus store?
The MGA Campus Store and its staff members are experts on the books required for your classes. We work very
closely with the academic divisions of the College to ensure that the correct course materials are made available to
students. We offer the convenience of buying here and, within the limits of our refund policy, returning here if there
is a problem with the book, if you drop the class, etc. The MGA Campus Stores also offer book buyback at the beginning
and end of each semester to help students recoup some of the money they've spent on textbooks.