BURSAR FAQ

General Information

Who is the Bursar?

The Bursar is the University of Arizona's appointed campus official in charge of collecting fees from students, such as tuition and campus purchases. Students can add purchases made at UA BookStores to their Bursar accounts, which is a convenient way to pay for books and supplies at the beginning of the semester.

What can I add to my account?

Fall/Spring Semester: You can add anything from our store to your Bursar account, but we encourage you to use it primarily for textbooks and course materials. You can add up to $1000 to your account

Summer/Winter Sessions: You can add only books and up to $250 per session.

When can I use it?

Bursar accounts open dates
Winter Session 2016: December 5th-December 23rd, 2016 with a $250 limit


Spring 2017: January 4th-April 10th, 2017 with a $1,000 limit

How do I use it?

To use your Bursar account in the store, just present your CatCard to the cashier at checkout and say "Bursar account, please." They will do the rest. To use your Bursar account online, refer to the following FAQ section about online checkout.

If I use my Bursar account to pay, can I charge more than $1000?

You can pay for any accrued balances on your Bursar account online using the UAccess online Student Center, just like the way that you pay for tuition. You can also pay in person at the Bursar's office.

Where do I pay the bill?

You can pay for any accrued balances on your Bursar account online using the UAccess online Student Center, just like the way that you pay for tuition. You can also pay in person at the Bursar's office.

Additional information

You must notify the cashier if you are paying with a Veteran's Deferment, VA Account, Voc Rehab Account, or ICA Account. If you add items to your Bursar account by accident, you will be incurred instead of the proper funding agency.

After Bursar accounts have closed, any refunds for items will be paid back in store credit.

Please note that if you have just obtained a new CatCard, it may take up to 48 hours before we can access the account in the store.

Bursar Online Check-Out FAQ

Where is my CatCard number?

Your CatCard number is the 16-digit number below your picture on your CatCard.

CatCard number example

I don't see Bursar as a payment option. Why not?

  1. Select "Instore Pickup" button
  2. Select "FALL TEXTBOOK PRE-ORDERING"
  3. Change payment type to "Busar Account"

If you do not see Bursar as a payment option, please reset your internet browser settings. Once you have reset your browser settings, please close your browser, re-open, and attempt to order your books again. If you are still having issues after these steps, please call us at 1-800-937-8632. In order to reset your browser settings, you can use the keyboard short cut of Control+shift+delete (all at once) on Windows machines.

I'm a UA ONLINE Degree Only Student

Select "SHIP" button, then select "UA Online Degree Students Only" option under DELIVERY METHOD

Next, change the payment type under PAYMENT OPTIONS to "Bursar Account"

Your order will be shipped and charged $8.95 to the shipping address provided to your Bursar Account.

Why can't I ship my order when I pay with Bursar?

Due to university policy, all Bursar orders must be picked up in-person and your CatCard must be presented at the time of pick-up.

What is a split tender?

If you only want to pay for a portion of your purchase with your Bursar account, you can do a split tender with an alternate payment method, such as a gift card or credit card. Choose the additional payment method from the menu, fill out the required information, and then specify the desired payment amount.

Why do I have to provide a backup payment method?

We require that you provide a backup payment method in case your order total is not completely covered by your allotted UA BookStores Bursar fund, or in case you fail to pay the outstanding balance on your account from your order.

We will not charge the credit card that you provide as a backup payment method unless either scenario applies to you. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment information.