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Zero Textbook Cost Program

There are a lot of things that can get in the way of a good education. The cost of textbooks shouldn’t be one of them.

The dramatic increase in the cost of textbooks has created equity and accessibility barriers for students. The College of Marin is actively addressing these through the Zero Textbook Cost Program (ZTC).

This program enables students to earn an associate degree, a career technical education certificate or earn credits to transfer to a four-year university without having to pay for textbooks and other instructional materials. Experienced instructors, together with Open Educational Resources (OER) and other high-quality, no-fee materials, are the foundation of ZTC. 

We have already begun offering ZTC classes and more are being developed for the Spring and Fall 2018 semester. Course pathways for specific ZTC degrees are also under development.

Students: Find ZTC classes in the schedule (pg.66-67 in the online PDF for Spring 2018) designated with the ZTC icon. ZTC Icon

High-quality textbooks, readings and all other materials needed to take these courses are provided free of charge to students. Please contact the course instructor to find out about any specific technology requirements. Make an appointment with a counselor if you are interested in earning a ZTC degree or certificate.

How does it work?

ZTC class instructors use Open Educational Resources (OERs), ebooks, readers or the Library Textbook Program to develop instructional materials. Before registering for a ZTC class, learn where and how to get the books and other required materials by speaking with the course instructor.

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