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Book Voucher Allowance

Book Voucher Allowance

CBS provide book voucher allowances (maximum of $500.00) to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be eligible for financial aid (Pell and Loans) and have a credit balance on their account of $500.00 or more. This will include all FSA funds (Example: Pell and/or Student loans)
  • All financial aid documents must be completed and ready for disbursement 10 days prior to the first start of class.

  

Book Voucher FAQs

Am I eligible for a book voucher?

You are eligible if you

  • Register at least four weeks before the semester start date
  • Have funds remaining after tuition/fees are deducted from pending financial aid funds
  • You will receive an email notifying you if you are eligible for a book voucher allowance. 

Where does the money come from?

  • The book voucher is a short-term loan from CBS as a courtesy to help defray expenses until your financial aid funds can be processed.
  • The book voucher authorization is not part of your financial aid. 

What if my books cost more than $500?

  • The book voucher may not cover the total cost of your books. 
  • CBS is able to increase your book voucher one time if you have excess pending financial aid funds (this is to cover purchase of Logos Bible Software)
  • You may send the request for the additional funds to the Office of Financial Services (fa@cbshouston.edu

Do I have to take the book voucher?

  • No. If you would like to decline the book voucher, you may contact the Office of Financial Services in writing.
  • By declining the book voucher you are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and no book charges will be added to your student account. 

What if I register late? (late = registering after four weeks from the start of the semester) 

  • You must contact the Office of Financial Services to see if you are eligible to have a book voucher processed.
  • •If you are eligible for pending financial aid funds, you are likely eligible for a book voucher, even later in the semester.
  • You are considered “late registration” if you are within three weeks from the start of the semester.
  • If you are eligible, you must use the book voucher within 5 days of its issuance.

Can I use my book voucher on Amazon.com or another online vendor?

  • No. You can only use the book voucher in the CBS online book store.
  • The MBS Marketplace is also available for you to use the voucher, and this is a secondary service to outside providers.

Why do I have a textbook balance when I used a voucher?

  • You likely purchased your textbooks after the voucher’s expiration date.
  • You received your financial aid overage (refund) check before you purchased textbooks. In this case, you should pay off your textbook balance first before using the rest of your funds.
  • Your financial aid overage (refund) check was being processed when you purchased your textbooks, overlapping with the payment disbursement. Please contact the Office of Financial Services (fa@cbshouston.edu) in the event that this happens as soon as possible to resolve your balance with your overage monies.