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Frequently Asked Questions Is the total I see after placing an order what I will be charged and am I being charged at this time? No, the total you are given is a quote with the highest amount of what you could possibly pay. This quote includes all new prices for books as well as a shipping charge. If you selected used books then the price could go down if we have used in stock, the price would also go down if you selected to pick up your books instead of having them shipped through UPS.  You are not charged until we process your order. What should I do if I am having difficulties with the Website? Please call 1-800-999-6488. If you have a question about a class or textbook please call 1-815-753-9884. If you would like to make a change to your order please call 1-815-753-9864. How will I know if there is an issue with my order? Any orders that have an issue we will contact through email. Therefore it is imperative the email address we are given is correct and one that is checked on a regular basis. Who’s name should be put on the order? No matter who is paying for the order the person that will be picking it up should have their name on it. If it is Financial Aid it must be the students name with the Financial Aid account. How will I know when my order is ready for pick-up? We ask that you allow 48 hours for an order to be processed especially during our busy time which is the week before classes and the first week of classes. Once your order is processed you will receive an automatic email informing you it is ready for pick-up or that it has been shipped. What do I need to bring in order to pick up my order? If you are picking up a Financial Aid order then you must have your NIU One Card, if it is a credit/debit card order you will need some form of ID. Can anyone pick up my order? If it is a Financial Aid order the student with the Financial Aid must pick it up and sign for it. If it is a credit/debit card order then anyone that has their name on the order can pick it up. How do I find my Financial Aid number? Your Financial Aid number is located on the front of your NIU One Card at the bottom; it is not your Z-ID.  Financial Aid has a $700 limit.  Anything above that must be paid via cash or credit card. Can I ship my order to my house if I am paying with Financial Aid? No, all Financial Aid orders must be picked-up in the store. What should I do if I need to cancel or change my order? Please email the University Bookstore Website with any changes or cancellations. When emailing please refer to your order number as well as your full name. Can I apply my discount to my books when I order online? No, if you should receive any discount you will need to come into the Bookstore to have that taken off your order. Terminology: USED PREFERRED- If you choose Used Preferred then you will receive used books as long as we have them in stock. If we do not have used then we will give you new books in order to complete your order. NEW PREFERRED- If you choose New Preferred then you will receive new books as long as we have them in stock. If we do not have new then we will give you used books in order to complete your order. USED ONLY- If you choose Used Only then you will receive used books as long as we have them in stock. If we do not have used then we will cancel those books off of your order. NEW ONLY- If you choose New Only then you will receive new books as long as we have them in stock. If we do not have new then we will cancel those books off of your order. REQUIRED- If the book has a REQUIRED next to it then the professor is requiring the student purchase that book for his/her class. RECOMMENDED- If the book has a RECOMMENDED next to it then the professor is only recommending the students purchase that book. It is a book he/she has selected in order to help the students with his class. RQ CHOOSE- If a class has two or more books that have a RQ CHOOSE next to them then you need only pick one of those books for the class. The professor has given students an option to choose what book he/she may want. ADD REQUIRED MATERIALS – If a student picks the option “add required materials” to his/her classes then when a professor adds or changes what is required for a class the Bookstore will automatically make the change for the student. DO NOT ADD TO ORDER- If a student picks the option “do not add to order” to his/her classes then when the professor adds or changes what is required for a class the Bookstore will NOT add the materials to the order. It will be the student’s responsibility to place a new order.
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