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.

oer logoSome 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 and Low Textbook Cost Course Guide Summer and Fall 2021 (pdf)


How do I learn more about the Z-Degree?

  • 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

How do I register for a Z-Degree class?

  1. Inside e-services, click on Courses and Registration.
  2. When you Search for a Course, click on Expand/Collapse for Advance Search.
  3. Under this tab, you will see an option to search for Textbook Cost. Select No Cost for Textbook to search for courses with a zero-textbook cost.

How do I access materials for my zero-textbook-cost class?

  • 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.

Can I take some classes that are zero-textbook-cost and some that are not?

  • Sure! Z-Degree classes are regular classes that do not require students to purchase a textbook.

Why would I want to take zero-textbook-cost class?

  • You save money because you do not have to buy a textbook.

Can anyone take zero-textbook-cost classes?

  • Students may take a class if they meet the prerequisites.

What about class supplies – are these free?

  • There may be a charge for class supplies such as a notebook, clay, yoga mat or tools.


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