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. Open Educational Resources (OER) are license-free learning materials for instructors and students to use, share, and modify. They often replace traditional hard copy textbooks with zero or low-cost digital learning tools and/or accessible printable text.
You can view the OER from your phone, tablet or computer.
You can often download the OER to a flash drive or personal device so you have access to it even when you are not online.
OER is sometimes a digitalized textbook that you can have printed at our Campus Print Shop for much less than the cost of a commercial textbook. For ordering information visit: You can view the OER online from your phone, tablet or computer. You can download the OER to a flash drive or personal device so you have access to it even when you are not online.
Often, an OER is an online textbook that you can have printed at our Campus Print Shop for much less than the cost of a commercial textbook. For more information on how to do this, visit Campus Print Shop Order Form
Some instructors use a series of links and resources in Bright Space to replace a traditional hard copy textbook. In these cases, you may wish to print individual documents as necessary or as directed by your instructor. Ask your instructor which method she or he recommends.
Central Lakes College Open Educational Resources
Zero Textbook Cost Course List
2022-23 Zero and Low Textbook Cost Courses (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?
Inside e-services, click on Courses and Registration.
When you Search for a Course, click on Expand/Collapse for Advance Search.
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.