#NoLo = $40 or less

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)

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Instead of the traditional textbook, Northwestern CT Community College offers classes that use alternative materials that mean less cost to you!

The alternative materials are known as OER – Open Educational Resources – which are freely accessible materials for teaching, learning, assessment, and research.

Benefits for Students

OER can offer drastic savings in the cost of your education by saving you money that you would normally spend on traditional textbooks.

OER allow students to have learning materials right from the start, so you can make the most of them to support your learning.

Several studies indicate students in courses using OER are getting the same or better grades than their peers using only a print textbook.

Finding #NoLo in Course Search

1. Go to course search.
2. Select Yes for No Cost/Low Cost Course Materials

3. Once you’ve identified the #NoLo course, check out the cost of course materials by clicking on “textbook info”. You should find that these textbooks are significantly less expensive or even free!

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 coursework. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor for the course you’re considering.