Academic Books and Supplies Account

  • If you are an eligible student with anticipated Financial Aid in an amount higher than needed to cover the semester expenses, you will receive a “To Do” item notification in your Hub Student Center. This amount, up to $500 in a single day, may be used towards the purchase of academic materials, books, and supplies in specific locations: University Bookstore (online and in person), School of Architecture and Planning, and Greeks and Sneaks Bookstore on Main Street.

  • To utilize your Financial Aid funds in this manner you will need to request funds in person at UB Card Office at 1Capen.
  • Requests will be processed during business hours, Monday through Friday.
  • Remaining funds from the Fall semester can be carried over to the Spring semester, and all remaining funds will be credited back to the Student Account in April. You may request a refund of remaining funds back to your student account at any time.
  • Please contact the UB Card Office at ubcard-info@buffalo.edu if you have any questions, or see the FAQs below regarding the Academic Books and Supplies Account.

What happens to the funds remaining in the Academic Books and Supplies Account at the end of the academic year (May)?

If the entire balance in the Academic Books and Supplies Account is not used by the end of the academic year it will be refunded to your Student Account.

Who do I contact for questions regarding my Academic Books and Supplies account?

For questions regarding your Academic Books and Supplies account please contact ubcard-info@buffalo.edu.

How do I clear the “To Do” list on my HUB Student Center if I am not using eligible Financial Aid for an Academic Books and Supplies account?

You do not need to clear your “To Do” list. You only need to take action if you want to use your eligible aid to obtain an Academic Books and Supplies account.

What if I lose Financial Aid eligibility and I have already applied anticipated Aid to my Academic Books and Supplies account?

In the case where actual Financial Aid received is less than anticipated Financial Aid that was added to your “To Do” list in the HUB Student Center, you will be billed for any difference that you have already applied to your student account.

How do I add funds to my Campus Cash account?

Campus Cash funds may be added to your account using the GET app or online at get.cbord.com/myubcard.

Can I use Campus Cash in the Bookstore?

Campus Cash may be used for Bookstore purchases. Campus Cash may be applied to your UB Card with pre-paid funds.

What are the restrictions for using funds on the Academic Books and Supplies account?

The Academic Books and Supplies account can only be used for appropriate academic purchases. Retail or gift items are not included (i.e. sweatshirts, novelty items).

What happens if I don't use all of the funds that I add to the Academic Books and Supplies account?

Any funds that are not used can be carried over to the following semester or you may request a refund by visiting UB Card Services in 1Capen. All remaining balances added by the student will be refunded to their Student Account in April. Funds added by a department are not refunded to the student.

Where can the Academic Books and Supplies account be used?

The Academic Books and Supplies account will be accepted for appropriate purchases at the University Bookstore, University Medical Bookstore, School of Architecture and Greeks & Sneaks on Main Street.

How do I purchase my academic books and supplies with my Financial Aid funds?

You can use your Academic Books and Supplies funds in person at the University Bookstore. You would present your UB Card and let the cashier know you are using Academic Books and Supplies. At the School of Architecture, and Greeks & Sneaks you would also present your UB Card for payment.

How do I apply eligible Financial Aid to my Academic Books and Supplies account?

If you have eligible Financial Aid funds listed on your "To Do" list in the HUB Student Center, you can visit UB Card Services in 1Capen to add anticipated financial aid credit to your UB Card. Once purchases are made, this transaction will be reflected on your student account as Academic Books and Supplies.

How will I know if I have eligible Financial Aid to purchase my academic books and supplies?

Prior to the start of the semester, an Academic Books and Supplies item will be added to your “To Do” list in the HUB Student Center if you have anticipated financial aid exceeding $100.00. You are eligible to add these funds to your Academic Books and Supplies account for purchases at the University Bookstore.