MESSAGE TO STUDENTS: Faculty really pretty much agonize over the textbook(s) they order for your class. You may not think so, but there’s a reason for the book chosen and, well, they expect you to have one. You don’t know how many faculty talk about students who are doing poorly in their class because the student doesn’t have a textbook.
Getting a textbook
If you need to use your Financial Aid to buy books, once you’ve done the voucher thing (and if there are no ticky boxes to ticky, you’re all set) then you have to get/order them. Log into Genesis, go to the Registration Menu and look for the “Textbooks” link. It will cheerfully give you a list of books you need for the next semester. Or pick them out from the bookstore online website.
If you have the means to pay for your textbooks now, go right ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute because the bookstore has been known to run out of books (lots of sad reasons I’m not going to depress you with, it is almost Christmas as I write this!).
Now some of you are thinking: “I can get this book cheaper someplace else.” We certainly can’t stop you. Just make sure you have it in hand by the first day of classes. I’ve had students order books that don’t show up on time and then they’re behind right from the start.
Using your Financial Aid
The ticky boxes for the voucher is one part of the process. You can order books online now BUT… HUGE BUT… the bookstore won’t start delivery until January 9, 2012. One week before classes start. If you depend on the bookstore sending your books to a campus center, you should start thinking about getting your request done soon (like now soon, not in January soon) so that when January 9 comes along, your order is already in the queue.
If you plan to use your voucher in the bookstore in person, you cannot do so until… you guessed it… January 9.
Well, it’s not really a physical voucher. It used to be, but like everything else, it’s now electronic. You need to use your GCC ID number if you order online and you need your GCC ID number and other picture identification (a GCC ID card is perfect since it has both!) if you’ll be picking up books in person.
Sure, the Library has a bunch of textbooks. In fact, over the past couple of years the staff has made a concerted effort to have a copy of just about every textbook. One, that is. One copy. And it can’t go out of the Library. The Library in Batavia. It’s a last ditch effort but better than nothing if you have to read your textbook in the Library. Just so you know it’s there.
Sure! Ask! If I don’t know, I’ll find out!