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Student in bookstoreWelcome to the "Bookstore"! As of December 14, 2014, the physical bookstore is no longer open. However, UAS students can order textbooks from MBS Direct or the bookstore of their choice. Check UAOnline for book information for UAA or UAF campuses.


  1. Complete your financial aid including submitting all required forms.
  2. After your financial aid is complete, fill out the book voucher and select "submit".
  3. When your voucher is available, MBS Books will send e-mail notification to the e-mail address you provide.
  4. See "How do I find my books" for more information on purchasing books for your class

Vouchers can NOT be used to order books for UAA or UAF courses or from any bookstore other than MBS books.

The first thing you should do is double check that you are looking in the correct "campus" section. For example, there are two sections for Juneau: one is "Juneau-Distance Learning" and one is "Juneau-Campus".

Second, you might check the course website to make sure a book is actually required.

Last, you can call or email the "bookstore" staff. Since there is no physical bookstore, there will be minimal staff, so this may take a little extra time. You may need to leave a voicemail and wait for a call back. Alternatively, MBS may be able to help. Their phone number is 1-800-325-3252 until 2:00 p.m. Alaska time, and they also have a contact form and chat feature on their website.

You may return books according to MBS policy. For details, please contact MBS support through their website or by phone at 1-800-325-3252.

MBS has a buy back program in place. They will email students offering to buy back books purchased, advising how much they will pay. If the student agrees, MBS will email a prepaid shipping label. The student then sends the book back and receives check or credit.

If a student buys their book elsewhere, they will arrange any buy back on their own through their chosen supplier.

Book Advance

Complete the Financial Aid Book Advance Application below to determine if you are eligible to use anticipated excess financial aid to order textbooks before the aid is disbursed. Book advance requests can not be processed until all Financial Aid requirements have been completed, processed, and aid has been approved. Book advances are for UAS courses only, and cannot be used for UAA or UAF courses.

  1. Complete the information below, select which campus(es) your classes are taking place at, and submit.
  2. If all of your financial aid forms are in order and your aid has been awarded, UAS Student Accounts will have MBS Direct generate an authorization.
  3. When your authorization is available, MBS Direct will send you e-mail notification to the e-mail address you provided on the information below.
  4. Book advance requests may take 1 week to process. If it has been more than a week since the request was submitted, inquiries can be made via the phone or email listed below.
  5. Upon receiving the e-mail notification, you may order your books on the MBS Direct website.

Questions? Contact UAS at 907-796-6267 or

Your Information
MBS Direct Bookstore Agreement

I understand that by submitting this MBS Direct bookstore voucher I am responsible for the costs that I incur purchasing books and supplies, whether or not I successfully complete the course(s). If I default on my student account, I promise to pay for the collection, attorney, and legal fees necessary for the collection of any amounts owed to the University of Alaska, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 40% of the debt. If I do not pay, the university may take my Permanent Fund Dividend under Alaska Statutes 14.40.251 and 43.23.073 and pursue other collection methods. I also understand that past due debt may be reported to credit bureaus.


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