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If I don't use all the FAFSA money for books, can I use it to buy a laptop??

twilight_girl09twilight_girl09 Posts: 422Registered User Member
It's $1,750 for books & supplies. I don't think I need that much money to buy all my books. If I don't use all of it, can I use the leftover to buy a laptop or something else? Are the laptops expensive at the UCR bookstore?
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Replies to: If I don't use all the FAFSA money for books, can I use it to buy a laptop??

  • tehlunatictehlunatic Posts: 618Registered User Member
    yea i believe you can use it for laptop or anything else that is school related
  • Number24Number24 Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Trust me, books are expensive when you go to college. You have to buy them 3 different times, you're going to need that money.

    And actually, I don't think you can use that money for anything else. I'm not sure about this, but I think it's the same way they pay for your tuition. They don't let you use it for anything else. I'll ask someone today and let you know though.
  • Jason2009Jason2009 Posts: 1,280Registered User Senior Member
    yeah after tuition and dorm the leftover is all your. IDK if that enough though since remember you are not getting the 800 or bucks for work study at the start so you may need an additional loan for a laptop
  • WhiteclockWhiteclock Posts: 908Registered User Member
    Hot damn that's awesome
  • Number24Number24 Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Ok, yea, it turns out I was wrong. Sorry about that.

    So here is how it works: FAFSA gives you money every quarter proportionally. The money for tuition gets paid automatically to your school and then rest goes either in your bank account or they write you a check. The left over money after you pay for your Room & Board is all yours to spend on whatever you need, but you are recommended to spend it on books, transportation, food, necessities, etc.

    So to answer your question, yes, you can use it on a laptop if you don't spend all of it, but I recommend you wait until you are sure you won't spend all of it. They will NOT give you more money if you spend it all. You never know what, or how many classes you are going to take your 2nd and 3rd quarters.

    Hope that helped.
  • twilight_girl09twilight_girl09 Posts: 422Registered User Member
    Oh ok thanks for checking it for me. Yeah I'll wait until my tuition,dorm & meal plans are paid off and I'll see how much leftover I get. I don't have enough money now to buy a new laptop, so that's why I want to use this money to buy one. Do you know another store I can get cheaper books than UCR bookstore? Where do you recommend I buy the books at?
  • Jason2009Jason2009 Posts: 1,280Registered User Senior Member
    amazon or the book exchange on campus
  • twilight_girl09twilight_girl09 Posts: 422Registered User Member
    is it cheaper there at the book exchange?
  • Jason2009Jason2009 Posts: 1,280Registered User Senior Member
    I heard its cheap and my Bear Facts counselor said buy there never the store
  • twilight_girl09twilight_girl09 Posts: 422Registered User Member
    oh ok thank you :)
  • WhiteclockWhiteclock Posts: 908Registered User Member
    Isn't there a lot of demand for books there though...
  • JayEsZeeJayEsZee Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    I'm sure you can find most of the books on half.com online.
  • WhiteclockWhiteclock Posts: 908Registered User Member
    One problem though - since it's only a good idea to get the book after the first day of class, wouldn't there be problems with ordering online, since it takes a few days for shipping, but you need the book right then for class?
  • Jason2009Jason2009 Posts: 1,280Registered User Senior Member
    You can order overnight in some websites
  • JayEsZeeJayEsZee Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    I can usually get my books in 2 days if I'm in a hurry to get them. I just have to message the person who is selling it and get expedited shipping.
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