Students using financial aid in the college bookstores may purchase only required books and supplies that are needed for their registered courses for the term. Items not approved for purchase with financial aid include but are not limited to apparel, food, cell phones, gift items, and gift prepaid cards. The college does allow a one time purchase of course related electronic items such as laptops, tablets, scientific calculators, uniforms and tools. Students purchasing laptops or tablets must have received Pell for at least one prior semester. During the book purchase period, books and supplies purchased using financial aid cannot be returned to the college bookstore for cash. Amounts for returned items must be credited back to the aid items that paid for the books and supplies on the student's account. Financial aid students may spend up to $1200 per semester not to exceed their available credit balance.