Zero or Low Textbook Cost Classes at CLC

Central Lakes College offers a Z-Degree Associate of Arts.  A Z-Degree is a zero-textbook-cost degree. This means that a student can earn an A.A. without buying a textbook. Any CLC student can take Z-Degree classes, and students may take as many Z-Degree classes as desired or available.

Some instructors choose to use an Open Educational Resource (OER) instead of a commercial textbook. For more information about OER, see OER and Zero Textbook Cost Courses at Central Lakes College

Zero Textbook Cost Course Guide Fall 2020

Low Textbook Cost Courses Fall 2020


  • Any qualifying student may seek a Z-degree. There is no special application process. Students simply register for Z-degree classes as desired/available.
  • See an advisor. Find more information
  • Materials can be viewed on the web at no cost.
  • Materials may be downloaded to a phone or other personal device.
  • In some cases, materials can be printed at our on-campus printshop – ask your instructor about a particular class.
  • Sure! Z-Degree classes are regular classes that do not require students to purchase a textbook.
  • You save money because you do not have to buy a textbook.
  • Students may take a class if they meet the prerequisites.
  • There may be a charge for class supplies such as a notebook, clay, yoga mat or tools.


Central Lakes College Open Educational Resources

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