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Books & Supplies

One of the most expensive parts of going to college can be paying for books. Despite the convenience of the Northwestern Bookstore matching program and financial aid support, financing your books, materials, and supplies, can still be challenging.  Check out some of the options below for help in paying for your books, materials, and supplies.

The Books for Cats program offers eligible, first-year students the opportunity to borrow course materials (including textbooks, clickers, access codes, lab coats, goggles, LabArchives, and more) from the Norris Bookstore for selected introductory STEM courses. Eligible students are contacted by Financial Aid prior to each quarter with an invitation to use Books for Cats. For more information, please contact Brian Drabik, Senior Associate Director in Financial Aid, at

Be sure to check out Northwestern's Financial Wellness website for tons of tips on affording books.

Also, sometimes students don’t realize they have a refund available in their Caesar account. Refunds can help with buying books and required materials. Be sure to check Caesar today to see if you have a refund. Visit this link for full details on how to access your refund. Please note, in order to access your refund, you must do two things: 1) set up direct deposit; and 2) request your refund. Both of these actions can be found in the “Student Financial Services” section of Caesar, under the “More Student Financials” link.

Lastly, Financial Aid does offer a $500 loan that must be paid back by the end of the quarter. This could be a good option to utilize if you have a job and just need money now, before your paycheck hits. Email Brian Drabik in Financial Aid at and more Info here!


Interlibrary Loan and online PDFs are great options for students. Here is a guide on how to use Interlibrary Loan  


You can use the Free or For Sale Group on Facebook, buy Used Books, or use Price Match to find books at a lower cost. Also, our Norris Bookstore matches any price that you find online or in the store. Full details can be found here here.
We have a handful of books here at SES - Drop by the office any time between 9-5 pm to check out our library. We're located in Foster Walker, House 6.