Bookstore Advance Purchase Program (BAPP)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Bookstore Advance Purchase Program (BAPP) allows financial aid recipients to use approved financial aid funds in excess of the charges on a student's account to purchase books and supplies from the NSU Bookstore before the financial aid disbursement date.
Students apply online at the financial aid Web site for BAPP funds during the BAPP enrollment period. If funds are available on your student account, you can request to have up to $750 reserved for use at the NSU Bookstore. After successful submission of the BAPP Form, your credit will be available at the bookstore the next business day. If you submit your BAPP Form on a Saturday or Sunday, your credit will be available the next Monday.
Students must complete the online BAPP form (upper right hand corner) to be eligible for BAPP. The form will only be available during the specified BAPP enrollment period.
Gold Circle Emergency Loans will no longer be approved for book purchases. The Gold Circle Emergency Loan Program is currently under review.
BAPP enrollment will typically be open for one month prior to the start of the semester. You can find out the specific BAPP enrollment dates on the bookstore's website.
Yes, you must submit your application by the end of the BAPP enrollment period. You can find the specific BAPP enrollment dates on the bookstore's website.
No, there are no fees associated with BAPP sign up.
All eligible financial aid recipients will receive an email notification that the form is available. You can also find the dates that the form will be available on the bookstore's website.
Your eligibility is determined based on a snapshot of your student account at the time you complete the online BAPP Form. You will qualify for a purchase advance, provided your total financial aid award for the semester exceeds all institutional charges on your account, including, but not limited to tuition, fees, campus housing, NSU health insurance, and meals. If your approved financial aid award does not exceed your total costs you will receive an error message while attempting to complete the BAPP Form. In this case, you will not be able to submit the form.
You may access your financial aid status by logging into SharkLink and clicking onto "My Financial Aid" in the financial aid section on your "Student" tab. You may also call the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (954) 262-3380 or toll-free at 800-806-3680.
If you do not meet all of the BAPP eligibility requirements, you may not be able to access the BAPP Form and you will receive one or multiple of the following error messages:
- Not registered
- Award not certified
- Not met disbursement requirements.
This may occur, if you have outstanding financial aid requirements, such as a missing entrance interview or a missing Master Promissory Note, for instance.
- Not sufficient funds
- Already processed book authorization
If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (954) 262-3380 or 800-806-3680.
Authorized amounts are capped at $750. You may request the maximum allowed amount of $750 ($100 minimum), provided your financial aid award amount for the semester exceeds the charges on your account by at least the amount you desire to request.
The unused portion of your BAPP funds will be credited back to your student account once the charging period for BAPP closes.
You will be responsible for the remaining balance at the time of purchase.
No. BAPP funds are reserved once a semester after you submit the BAPP Form for use in the NSU Bookstore. Once you have completed the BAPP Form for the semester, you cannot add more money.
After successful submission of the form, your credit will be available the next business day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).
Yes. You can use BAPP on the NSU Bookstore's Web site to purchase any BAPP approved bookstore items.
Textbooks, supplies, and NSU apparel. This includes writing utensils, paper, reference books, lap tops, flash drives, scrubs, lab coats, stethoscopes, backpacks, and sweatshirts, tees, polo shirts and hats.
Gifts and convenience items such as snacks and drinks.
Yes. You can use your BAPP funds to pay for the textbook rental fee at the NSU Bookstore for any textbook rental. However, you will be required to have a valid credit card on file with the bookstore for any damaged or lost rental books.
Your BAPP funds will be valid through the end of the BAPP charging period. Each request is valid for one semester only and does not carry over from term to term.
Typically, the BAPP charging period will close at the end of the drop/add period. You can find specific dates on the bookstore's website.
BAPP is only available at the beginning of the term. The bookstore should have the books for courses for the second session of the term available during the first week of the term for you to utilize BAPP. If the bookstore does not have the book information or the book is not in during the BAPP charging period, then you cannot use your BAPP funds for books for the second session of the term. Once the BAPP charging period ends for one semester, it does not reopen again for the second session of the term.
Yes, your BAPP funds will expire at the end of the BAPP charging period. Any unused BAPP funds will be credited back to your student account. If this results in a credit balance on your account, you will receive a refund from the University Bursar's office.
You can only apply for BAPP once per term, and you must re-apply each term you would like to take advantage of BAPP.
If you return your books during the BAPP charging period, the credit will be added back to your BAPP funds which may be used for other purchases until the end of the BAPP charging period. At the end of the BAPP charging period, any unused BAPP funds will be credited back to your student account. If you return books after the charging period has ended, you will receive a cash refund as your student account has already been charged for the purchase.