Has the high cost of textbooks deterred you from purchasing one? Has this put you at a disadvantage in your course? Have you even chosen not to register for a course because the cost of your textbook was too high? You’re not alone. Since 2006, the cost of college textbooks has increased by 73% – more than four times the rate of inflation*.
(*Source: Consumer Price Index: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Looking for a way to reduce textbook costs?
Search for #NoLo. Instead of the traditional textbook, Capital Community College offers classes that use no-cost/low-cost textbook options, saving you lots of money!
#NoLo materials may consist of online/printed textbooks, workbooks, homework platforms, multimedia, and other Open Educational Resources (OER) – which are freely accessible materials for teaching, learning, assessment and research. Capital’s Construction Management and Biotechnology programs use #NoLo textbook options exclusively in their program-specific courses. Additionally, all SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology and PSY* 111 General Psychology textbooks have gone #NoLo.
What are the Benefits for Students?
#NoLo offers drastic savings in the cost of your education by saving you money that you would normally spend on traditional textbooks. Since 2014, CSCU students have saved over $1.7 million by using #NoLo materials.
#NoLo allows you to have access to learning materials right from the start, so you can make the most of them to support your learning and not get left behind.
Several studies indicate students in courses using #NoLo textbook options and Open Educational Resources (OER) are getting the same or better grades than their peers using only traditional textbooks. How do you Find #NoLo Classes in the Course Schedule?
Important: Because some #NoLo courses may use electronic materials rather than printed textbooks, you will need regular and reliable Internet access in order to complete course work. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor for the course you’re considering.
For more information, ask your advisor, instructor, or Registrar, and visit http://www.ct.edu/oer#nolo.