Winthrop University: Student Financial Services - Purchasing Books with Refund
Contact Information
Student Financial Services
21 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2286 (fax)
E-mail Us

Purchasing Textbooks/Supplies with Refund



Winthrop University and Barnes & Noble Bookstore have teamed up to help students to use their excess financial aid/student account credit to purchase books before classes begin. Students must have a valid Winthrop ID Card and must have an anticipated refund showing on their student account in the payment gateway for the Spring 2020 term.

Who is Eligible?

Students who have completed registration for Spring term, and have a negative (credit) balance on their student account as of December 3rd, are eligible to use their excess funds (anticipated refund) to pay for textbooks and supplies.  

How can I see my account balance?

To view your account balance, log into WINGSPAN, click on Account Summary and Payments. Students must have a credit balance as of December 3rd to be eligible.

When can I use this credit?

Students will only be allowed to purchase textbooks and supplies between December 4th and January 6th, 2020.  After January 6th, students will either need to wait on their refunds to be processed and received, or purchase their books out-of-pocket while they wait on their refund. Winthrop will begin processing refunds for eligible students the week of January 6th. We highly encourage all students to sign up for Direct Deposit for Refunds in order to receive their money as quickly and safely as possible.

How much can I spend?

Students may spend up to $800 of their credit on textbooks and supplies.  Students who wish to use more than $800 should wait for their refund to process or pay the difference out-of-pocket. Students who have a credit balance of less than $800 will only be eligible to use up to the amount of their credit in the bookstore.

Can I order/pay online using my credit?

Yes! Students may use their credit to purchase textbooks online. When you select your payment method, please choose "Student Account/Financial Aid Credit" as your payment option. Please contact the bookstore at 803-323-3800 if you have questions about purchases online.

I missed the opportunity to use my student account/financial aid credit for my books. What can I do next semester to make sure I can charge my books against my account credit?

Because the opportunity to use your credit toward books ends before the semester begins, students are strongly encouraged to make sure that all of their financial aid requirements and any parent loans or private loans are applied for as early as possible. Parent and private loans can take up to 2 weeks to show up on your student account as a credit, so be sure to apply for any additional aid as early as possible.

Last Updated: 12/3/19