With the Bucks for Books program, students with extra federal financial aid (awards made by filling out FAFSA) can opt-in to this program so they can access those funds to purchase books prior to the start of classes for fall and spring semesters (funds are not available for summer terms).

If you are a student who has an account credit of $50 or more due to an excess in anticipated federal Financial Aid, these funds – up to $1000 – can be transferred to your BlazerBucks account.

These BlazerBucks will be available by noon on the Wednesday before classes start so that you may purchase books before classes begin. Students may use the funds at the UAB Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

If you choose not to participate in the Bucks For Books program, your excess aid will be disbursed to you in the form of a check or direct deposit during the first week of classes. If you feel as though you will need those funds to purchase books before classes begin, be sure to opt-in prior to the week before classes start.

See below for an example from a student account:

Example
Total Balance   $7,308
Tuition and Fees $2,903  
Meal Plan $1,905  
Residence Hall $2,500  
 
Total Anticipated Assistance   $8,300
Financial Aid $2,300  
Pell Grant: $1,400    
SEOG: $400    
Scholarship: $500    
Third Party Vendor $6,000  
 
Total Balance $7,308
Total Anticipated Assistance $8,300
Excess Financial Aid $992
BlazerBucks available on Wednesday, January 3 $500