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Program Opt Out Questions

 
The college offers an opt out at a program level. The program must complete the opt out form which will be sent to the Textbook Affordability Committee for final approval. A program cannot opt out if students are required to take courses outside of the program, unless it can be documented that the program would be financially-detrimental to students. The department chair or program Updated 8/21/2019 3 director must complete the form and it needs to be signed by the Dean of the program’s school. Opt outs are due by January 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Courseware and Course Materials Questions

No, there will be some course materials, such as workbooks, lab manuals, novels, kits and access codes that will need to be purchased.
When looking at the course material there is always a usage term attached to every course material adopted. The usage terms are as follows:
• Rental Required – These materials are part of the rental program at no additional cost to the student.
• Rental Purchase – These materials are part of the rental program at either a reduced cost and do not need to be returned at the end of the semester.
• Required – These materials are not part of the rental program, but are required for the class. The price listed is the price the student would pay to purchase the material from the bookstore.
• Optional – These materials are not part of the rental program. They are optional for the course. The price listed is the price the student would pay to purchase the material from the bookstore.
Whether access codes are included in the fee will be handled on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, the college may negotiate a low enough price that the access codes will either be included in the rental fee or sold separately for a lower cost than the retail price. However, access codes are often considered one-time use materials, which will require purchase instead of rental. The Madison College Bookstore will do its best to negotiate the lowest possible price, whether the code is a rental or purchase item. Faculty have the option of to include access codes in their required course materials.
No, the per credit fee will not be waived for a class that does not require a textbook. The structure of the system requires that even if a student has a class without a textbook, they still pay the rental fee. Most classes have required textbooks that will be in the rental program and the fees support the purchases of all the rental materials students may use throughout the time they are in their program at Madison College.
A VitalSource access code is a code you redeem in Bookshelf to access your materials. You can find the link to your VitalSource access code on your receipt from the Bookstore.

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