Textbook Affordability Information
What Student Can Do To Save On Textbooks
There are many ways students can reduce the cost of textbooks. From taking classes with zero textbook cost to reselling old textbooks to offset the price of new ones, we want to help you find more options.
Look for ZTC or LTC Classes
Looking for a great money-saving idea? Register for a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (LTC) section to save on the high costs of textbooks. Find all the zero and low-cost options by choosing the "course type" filter in Self Service.
FAQs about ZTC and LTC
What are ZTC and LTC sections?
Zero textbook cost sections (ZTC) require no purchase of a textbook. Your professor has chosen to use free instructional materials. Low textbook cost sections (LTC) require the purchase of a textbook that is priced $50 or below.
Please note that these ZTC/LTC course sections may have required costs for supplies or other materials (ex: lab equipment or art supplies) that are not related to the textbook cost.
Why is the college using ZTC and LTC course sections?
Because of the high costs of commercial textbooks, the college has begun an initiative to encourage faculty to adopt no-cost or low-cost instructional materials to help students save money. Studies have shown that students who have their textbooks on the first day of the course experience higher learning results and persist further in the course.
How do I locate the ZTC and LTC course sections?
You can locate the semester’s ZTC and LTC course sections by choosing the “course type” filter in Self Service.
What if my course section is not ZTC or LTC?
Ask your professor if there are alternate solutions for acquiring the textbook. Encourage the professor to change the course section to ZTC or LTC in the future in order to save students money.
My course section indicates that I need to pay a First Day materials charge. Can you explain First Day?
The First Day program is a partnership between HCC, Barnes & Noble, and publishers to offer electronic textbooks and/or access codes as part of the student’s course materials, directly within their Canvas course. Students who opt-in to First Day will experience substantial savings for the electronic textbook and access codes. Some of these course sections may also be labeled LTC.
Other Affordability Options:
Shop EarlyVisit the HCC Bookstore (online or in person) to obtain the most current, accurate textbook information. We begin posting titles as early as possible. Our information comes directly from your faculty, so you can be sure it's correct - you have our guarantee. Shopping early gives you the opportunity to search the open marketplace, including the HCC Bookstore, for your best price and availability of new and used textbooks.
Sell Your BooksSell back unwanted texts at the end of the term. Check with us to see if the HCC Bookstore is buying back your texts; we will pay up to 50% of the new book price. You can also check online buyback services (watch for shipping fees on some sites) or list your books through online classifieds. A great avenue is to post "Used Books for Sale" on campus bulletin boards and sell your books directly to another student. Note that these boards are maintained by the Student Life dept. and postings require their permission.
The HCC Bookstore Guarantee:
The HCC Bookstore works directly with faculty to make sure the correct titles are on our shelves for your academic needs. If you purchase a textbook from the HCC Bookstore and find it incorrect, we will gladly work with you to make it right.