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Textbook Payment Options Book Voucher Information
*Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)
*Book Voucher (charge books to your student account based on eligibility)
*3rd Party Voucher (books bill to 3rd party agency based on eligibility)
What is a book voucher and how does it work?
The ability to obtain books and supplies from the Dakota County Technical College Bookstore by charging the cost to your student account.
*If your financial aid is awarded, the bookstore voucher is equal to the remaining award amount after tuition & fees, up to a maximum of $1,000.
*If you do not have a financial aid award notification, but you have a FAFSA on file, the Book Voucher is available up to a maximum of $1000.
*If you are a PSEO student you receive a Book Voucher for $800.
*If you are in a NelNet FACTS payment plan you receive a Book Voucher for $350.
Unsure if you are eligible for a book voucher? Contact the Bookstore at 651-423-8486.
How do I know if I have a FAFSA on file at the college?
*Log in to Student E-Services using your Star ID and Password
*Click on Financial Aid
*See Financial Aid status (FAFSA received will appear in green). If FAFSA has not been completed “FAFSA: You have not sent your FAFSA results” will appear in blue. Please complete by going to www.fafsa.gov. Check back in Student E-Services 3-5 business days after submission to confirm that it was received by the college.
Once your awards are posted on the website, please allow at least 24 hours (one business day) before the voucher will be available for use.
Prior to attempting to use a book voucher, it is your responsibility to confirm that there are financial aid funds available for use.
PSEO students are able to use their textbooks and materials free of charge through the PSEO program. To ensure that you are able to receive your books before classes you must:
Register for classes with your PSEO advisor.
Go to the bookstore in person with a photo ID and credit card.
Tell the bookstore staff you are a PSEO student and complete the PSEO Book contract.
The bookstore requires that you put a credit card on file. No charges will be assessed to you unless you fail to return books and other materials by the last day of the semester, or if there were damages to the materials that the bookstore would refuse to accept.
Books must be picked up by the 6th business day of the semester.
Lastly you must return all textbooks and materials by the last day of the semester or you will be responsible for the cost of the items that were failed to be returned on time in resale conditions.
*It is important that as a PSEO student you must return any and ALL materials and textbooks by the last day of each semester. When in doubt return it!
*Meet with an DCTC School Certifying Official (Jason Obarski in Enrollment Services) for Veteran Benefits
*Have courses certified for the semester
*If you want to charge books and you are not already eligible, a special request must be made through Jason Obarski & Justin Wagner (Business Office).
NelNet FACTS Payment Plan:
*If enrolled in a NelNet FACTS Payment Plan, the book voucher is for $350.
*Questions regarding how to enroll in the Payment Plan please contact the DCTC Business Office at 651-423-8248.
Important Bookstore Dates:
*Textbooks go on sale 3 weeks prior to the start of classes each term.
*Book Vouchers expire the Wednesday of the second week of classes each term.
*3rd party/military/ PSEO purchasing expires: Fall- November 1st, Spring- April 1st.
*Last day to opt out of direct digital materials charged as course fee: Friday of week 2 of classes each term.
*All materials are eligible for return ONLY during the first five weekdays of the term. No exceptions.
The full return policy can be found here.
Failure to determine if you are eligible for a book voucher may result in extra time spent in lines at the Bookstore or at the Financial Aid Office.
You may not use your voucher for purchases or returns after the open voucher period closes. This date is the Wednesday of week #2 of the MAIN TERM of classes. No book voucher transactions (purchases or returns) can be honored after this date. "Late start" classes abide by the same deadlines.
Please note that if your financial aid changes and does not cover your tuition and fee charges for any reason (including such things as dropping or adding credits, unsatisfactory progress holds, etc.) you are still responsible for repayment of any book voucher charges.
Remember to bring your DCTC Student ID card or government issued photo ID and printed copy of your schedule with you to use your book voucher. You will not be able to use your voucher without your student ID card or government issued photo ID.
All items except food and beverage items may be purchased with financial aid funds during the open charging period. Bookstore management reserves the right to limit purchases of non-textbook items.