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Did You Know? You Can Take Classes with Free or Low Cost Textbooks!

LAVC is offering classes with "zero textbook cost" or "low textbook cost" for students! Zero Textbook Cost classes uses free, online course materials, and Low Textbook Cost classes have textbooks that are $50 or less. To find these classes, search the online Schedule of Classes by "Class search type" and select "zero cost textbook classes (OER)" or "low cost textbook classes".

Did You Know? You Can Take Classes with Free or Low Cost Textbooks!

Los Angeles Valley College offers students the option to register in classes with "zero textbook cost" or "low textbook cost" to help them save money and achieve their academic goals. 

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes lets you use free, online course materials, including full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. These materials may be online in the public domain or released under an intellectual property license (such as Creative Commons). However, ZTC classes may have required materials (calculators, lab supplies) that are not free.

Low Textbook Cost classes offer students a more economical choice of course textbooks. The textbooks required for each of those classes cost less than $50.

Since Fall 2016, LAVC has been making an effort to support student success by finding alternatives to costly textbooks for their many classes. The college is now offering 28 zero cost textbook and 5 low cost textbook classes for Winter Session 2019, and 172 zero cost textbook and 76 low cost textbook classes for Spring Semester 2019.

Students can easily find "zero textbook cost" and "low textbook cost" classes in the college's online searchable Schedule of Classes. ZTC classes are noted with a Zero Textbook Cost icon symbol and short description, and low cost textbook classes are noted with a Low Cost Textbook Icon symbol and short description.

To find the zero textbook cost or low textbook cost classes in the online class schedule, follow these simple:

  1. In the "Term" field to select the semester/session,

  2. In the "Campus" field to select "Los Angeles Valley College",

  3. In the "Class search type" select the "zero cost textbook classes (OER)" or "low cost textbook classes" option, and

  4. Click the "Search" button at the bottom

For more detailed instruction, visit the LAVC Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Webpage.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 2/18/2019 5:01:01 PM