Zero Textbook Cost

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A Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course is a course that requires no textbook cost for students. HCC is partnering with the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) on a statewide initiative to identify ZTC courses. For more information, see the Florida’s Zero Textbook Cost Course Indicator Overview.

HCC Zero Textbook Cost courses can be found when you search for classes by using the filter, “Textbooks: Zero Textbook Cost.” Once you are in a ZTC course, you will see a box next to the course title. The box contains the words “Zero Textbook Cost.” If you hover over this box, “This course has a zero cost textbook” is displayed.

HCC Zero Textbook Cost Degree
(Z-Degree) AA Pathway

HCC is working to create an AA Pathway Zero Textbook Cost Degree (Z-Degree). Our mission is focused on transforming lives by providing open access to an exceptional teaching and learning environment that inspires students to contribute to the local community and global society. Providing an option for students to not incur textbook costs strongly supports open access and gives students the opportunity to start their courses with the tools needed to be successful.

HCC Zero Textbook Cost Savings

Student savings average $760,000 a semester. HCC is leading the state in the number of ZTC courses uploaded to the FLVC Florida Shines website. We are also the first in the state to implement a student facing ZTC filter.

In 2019, it was reported that Hillsborough Community College had saved 27, 519 students an estimated $2,516,266 using OpenStax textbooks. HCC is committed to providing students with Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course options.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

HCC is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution highly attuned to the needs of our diverse body of students. The Student Testimonials The Impact Of Textbook Costs On Our Lives video follows the national narrative, that students are taking fewer classes and having to choose between purchasing essentials and their educational materials.

Providing each student with high quality affordable access to education is our goal. Over 429 HCC student respondents surveyed said that zero-cost resources in their class were of the same quality as a traditional textbook.

Our ZTC Exemplary Course projects, have a standard of 100% accessibility. Our inclusive approach ensures that all students have equitable access to their materials, so they can learn without barriers. 

Gone are the days that HCC dual enrollment students must wait for their books. The majority of ZTC courses provide first day and forever access to educational materials. Faculty can increase their teaching time, since students are prepared with the materials they need to learn on the first day.