The primary goal of Ferris State University financial aid professionals is to help students achieve their educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources. Our financial aid office staff members are required to exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior in helping students and families find the best ways to pay for college and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism. We take great pride in our essential task of helping our students and families determine the best ways to meet their educational expenses.

The Financial Aid Professional shall:

  1. Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary learning.
  2. Make every effort to assist students with financial need.
  3. Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, state, and federal levels.
  4. Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.
  5. Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
  6. Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of student records and personal circumstances.
  7. Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution's full population of student financial aid applicants.
  8. Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
  9. Recognize the need for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
  10. Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
  11. Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
  12. Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the goals of Ferris State University.

Direct Pay Book Charges

Main campus students who have registered for semester courses may charge up to $500.00 in books and necessary supplies at the James L. Lundberg Bookstore during specific dates each semester. Book charges will be added to their student billing account, provided the student does not owe a prior balance for books. Any bookstore charge balance must be paid by the end of the semester for charges to be allowed the following semester.

Students MUST HAVE THEIR STUDENT BULLDOG ID in order to use this privilege. They can select their books and supplies and take them to the cash register/terminal at the front of the bookstore to charge to their student account. Following are the scheduled dates that the Direct Pay Charge is available:

Semester Direct Pay Charge Dates
Fall 2015 Aug 25 - Sep 4, 2015

For current Bookstore hours, visit the James L. Lundberg Bookstore website.

Students who receive financial aid and have restricted the University from making payment toward charges other than tuition, fees, room and board will not be permitted to charge books at the Lundberg Bookstore. To make a change to this selection go the the Student Service Center. Changes will not be reflected until the following semester.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Direct Pay Charges, please contact Kristy Heeter, the Director of Student Financial Services, at (231) 591-5243 or EMAIL: KristyHeeter@ferris.edu for further information.


Book Advances

Financial Aid recipients who meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have accepted financial aid awards and completed all of their financial aid requirements such as loan counseling and promissory notes;
  2. Have more than enough financial aid to cover billing account charges;
  3. Have set up a valid direct deposit account;
  4. Have authorized the release of Title IV aid on the Terms and Conditions tab when accepting  financial aid awards,
  5. Will be advanced a portion of their financial aid refund (up to $400) before classes begin to allow them to purchase their books at the vendor of their choice. All of the requirements outlined above must be completed by a specified date each semester in order to use this privilege. Students who do not complete the book advance requirements in time to receive the advance, may take advantage of the Direct Pay Charge process outlined above.
Semester All Requirements Must Be Met By To Receive Book Advance On
Fall 2015 August 21, 2015 August 21, 2015