Columbus State is committed to affordability. There is a cross-functional Textbook Affordability Committee that collaborates and determines opportunities to reduce the costs of educational materials for classes. The ongoing work of the textbook advisory team along with the support of faculty represents an overall savings to students of $9.6 million on textbooks and learning materials as of July 2019.
Affordable eBook and Access Code Options
There are a variety of eBook and access code options available which is an affordable solution versus a traditional print textbook. Stop by the Bookstore to learn more about these options.
Courses with NO Required Textbooks = Huge Savings
There are a number of courses at Columbus State which do not require a textbook or learning material, so that means affordable in a big way!
Instant access is an affordable digital option where students enrolled in an IA course will automatically have access to the required IA ebook through blackboard on the first day of class (not earlier). The IA ebook does not need ordered but there may be additional required materials for each course or an optional print upgrade may be available.
Additional IA information:
- Students: If you can't find the IA ebook link or have questions, contact your instructor.
- Instructors: Contact the Department Chair or publisher handling your IA ebook.
If IA ebook is via redshelf: see FAQ, submit a ticket, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IA eBook Fee:
When a student registers for an IA section identified and noted in CSCC's course listings; an IA fee will be included on the student's tuition and fees statement. Note: for College Credit Plus (CCP) funded courses, the IA fee will be removed and invoiced to your highschool before the semester ends.
The Columbus State Bookstore offers a low cost optional print book for many IA courses, which works in tandem with your digital IA ebook. Not all courses will have a print upgrade available and some may require pre-authorization. If a print upgrade is out of stock or says special order: request a special order.
To be eligible to purchase, the following parameters must be met:
- Must remain “opted-in” to IA until the opt-out deadline has ended. Students who opt out are disqualified from the discounted print upgrade and orders/sales will be denied.
- The print upgrade is optional, so is not eligible to order on a CCP voucher, unless the high school gives written pre-approval to the bookstore on a case-by-case basis.
- High school partners interested in placing a print upgrade for an embedded IA course should notify email@example.com during the normal ordering window.
Opt out FAQ
As long as you drop the class during the 100% refund period for tuition and fees, the Instant Access fee will be refunded to your account. Please see the academic calendar for the 100% refund date.
Yes. Students on a payment or deferred plan are eligible to sign up for Instant Access classes. Course information will also be accessible on blackboard as it is for all other students.
The United States Department of Education published new rules (34CFR668.161-167) on October 30, 2015. The rules require all colleges and universities to provide students the ability to opt out of fees charged to a student account that are associated with books.
It is recommended you attend the first week of class and talk to your instructor about Instant Access before you opt out.
If you choose to opt out, then complete and return the drop form per the instructions: right click here and save as-is to download the opt out form.
The completed form must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on the 100% refund date for the class.
Once you complete the opt-out process, your access to the digital material will be revoked and you will be responsible for obtaining the course material in a timely manner. You will not be able to opt back in.
If you need assistance with the opt out process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cengage Unlimited is a digital subscriptions service that gives students access to all Cengage Materials for one price. Consider purchasing Cengage Unlimited at the bookstore if you have more than one course with a required cengage course material.
One Term (4 months) $119.99
Multi-term (12 months) $179.99
Columbus State offers some select course sections that use ibook course materials. Students must have an Apple device to be able to enroll. Click here to find out more!
The Columbus State Bookstore orders used books through multiple wholesalers, trying to stock as many used books as we possibly can. Supply can be limited for newer titles, but if it’s out there as a used book, we are going to do our best to get it for you. Used books are typically priced 25% - 30% lower than their new book counterparts. This helps to pass savings along to our customers! You can’t go wrong with used books, and coupled with our competitive buyback program you are sure to save big!