Bookstore Charging

Please read the following information carefully!

All students who are registered for the current term and have a Financial Aid application on file for the current term will be eligible to charge up to $800.00 ($600.00 for Summer) in textbooks at the RCTC Bookstore. Please note, however, that book charges are available only for a short time at the beginning of each semester and are available only for textbooks. Specific dates for the upcoming semester are listed below.

The cost of charged items (TEXTBOOKS ONLY) will be added to your RCTC bill and you will be expected to pay for these items along with any outstanding tuition and fees – – even if you do not qualify for Financial Aid or your Financial Aid is not enough to cover the charges.

How do I obtain a Bookstore Charge Account?

You must be registered and have a Financial Aid application (FAFSA) on file at RCTC to be eligible to charge your textbooks at the RCTC Bookstore.

  1. Financial Aid students will be able to charge textbooks directly from the RCTC Bookstore during the book charge dates.
     **Spring Semester 2020 Charging dates(tentative) January 2, 2020 through  12:00 noon, January 17, 2020.  
  2. Present your student ID to the RCTC Bookstore staff. After confirming your enrollment and receipt of your Financial Aid application, a Bookstore Authorization form will be generated for you.
  3. Select your textbooks and proceed to the checkout counter.  You must read and sign the Bookstore Authorization form when your transaction is processed.
  4. ONLINE Purchases:
      • Download the Bookstore Authorization Form and submit it to the RCTC Bookstore PRIOR to placing your online order. Forms should be submitted by email to:
        or by mail/fax to:
        RCTC Bookstore

        851 30th Avenue SE
        Rochester, MN  55904
           Fax:  (507) 536-5630
      • When all textbook selections are in your online cart, select Checkout.  Enter “FINANCIAL AID” as your method of payment and list your Student ID number in the Account Number field. The Bookstore staff will confirm that you have a Bookstore Authorization form on file prior to fulfilling your order. The cutoff for Online Purchases using a Bookstore Authorization is 12:00 noon on the last day of the charging window.
  5. When the book charge period has ended, the cost of deferred items will be added to your RCTC bill. If you return or exchange textbooks and qualify for a refund, your account will be credited in the same manner*. You will be expected to pay RCTC for all charged items. If you do not qualify for Financial Aid or your Financial Aid is not sufficient to cover your entire balance due (including textbook charges) you must pay for the charged items from your own funds.
  6. No Bookstore charges will be allowed after 12:00 noon on the fifth day of the Semester.  Deadlines for Summer Session charges may vary based on term dates.

* See RCTC Bookstore for the current Return Policy