Bookstore and Financial Aid: Why Wait in Line?

Published: August 2, 2012

Students who have anticipated aid in excess of paying their tuition and fees have three ways to purchase their books and supplies up to $650.00, for the upcoming fall semester:

Option 1: Beginning Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, you may order your books and supplies online through the TNCC Bookstore. Go to, pick Virginia then Thomas Nelson Community College. You then choose the campus that the class is being held. The Hampton Bookstore carries textbooks for all campuses (Hampton, Historic Triangle, and Distance). The Historic Triangle (HT) Bookstore only stocks the textbooks for the HT campus. You will need your student ID number to place the order.

When ordering online you have the option to have your order shipped to your home or be picked-up at the Bookstore. A shipping charge up to $19.99 will be deducted from your financial aid. Allow three (3) business days for processing online orders. You will receive an e-mail when your order is ready. Please print your confirmation page when picking up orders. You will receive an email from the bookstore when your order is ready for pick-up. The pick-up option will remain open until the first day of class or until storage space is no longer available.

Option 2: The ability to rent your textbooks is available online and in the store. You may save up to 50% by renting selected textbooks. You will need to have a valid credit card to insure the textbook is returned in good condition. The credit card will only be charged if the book(s) is not returned or is damaged. Please register at

Option 3: If you prefer to do your shopping in person, you can still go to the Bookstore to purchase your books and supplies. The dates for this option are:

  • Nursing and Dental Hygiene: August 13th
  • Open to All: August 14th – September 7th

Note: All bookstore charges for 16W, 8W1, 8W2. 5W1, 5W2, 5W3 and Dynamic dated sessions must occur during the charge dates listed above. These dates are the only times that students may charge books with financial aid, regardless of when their classes begin.

Bookstore hours at Hampton starting August 13th thru September 7th, Closed September 3rd Labor Day

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, August 18th only: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Bookstore hours at Williamsburg August 13th thru September 7th, Closed September 3rd Labor Day

  • Please see below for hours the first week of classes
  • Monday-Wednesday 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday 8:00am to 6:30pm
  • Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Bookstore hours at Williamsburg August 20th thru August 24th

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Comment from karen - August 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

What if my books cost more than $650 ? I can’t afford to pay out of pocket .

Comment from Thomas Nelson Community College - August 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The Associate Vice-President of Finance establishes the maximum bookstore allowance. You may want to consider renting or buying used books that will reduce your costs. Unfortunately, the allowance cannot be increased.

Comment from Lindsay - August 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

How do you know what books you need

Comment from Thomas Nelson Community College - August 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

When viewing the Schedule of Classes on the TNCC website you will see a link to the Bookstore. From there you will be able to use their tool to search by Subject, Couse and Section number to determine the specific textbooks required.