Included: all required textbooks, course packs, and other text-based materials, workbooks, lab manuals, online homework platforms, access codes and other publisher-provided curricular materials.
Excluded: art supplies, calculators or other equipment (clickers, etc.), and any Course Fees. Also excluded are optional texts that students are not required to purchase for your course section.
Optional costs should not be included your calculation.
For example: you provide students with a link to a free, online version of your materials but give them the option to purchase printed versions. The optional cost of printing these materials should not be included in your calculation. However, if the print version is required in your class, you should include that cost in your calculation.
If a text is used across multiple courses in a sequence DO NOT base your calculation on the cost divided by those courses.
For example, a text that costs $120 that is required for 3 sequenced courses DOES NOT meet the $49 or under label requirement. Not all students take all courses in a series. Students may take courses over time and may have to pay for edition changes. Students must pay the $120 and cannot budget for 3 even payments.
Only identify courses that meet these cost-cap requirements ($0 - $49).
By default, classes that do not meet one of these two cost caps will not be designated (same as now). Schedule-builders will have the new ability to call out courses that meet one of these two material cost caps in the online schedule, but all other courses will remain unmarked by default.
What cost should I use? What if materials are less expensive on Amazon, etc.?
To calculate your text-related costs for these designations, use the cost of materials in the MHCC Bookstore. While materials may be less expensive elsewhere, students may have access to a financial aid voucher that may be used at the MHCC Bookstore prior to the release of financial aid funds by the college. Contact the bookstore for help with bookstore pricing.
What if my text is available as an e-book through the MHCC library?
If the required text is available as a free-to-students e-book through the MHCC library, as long as you do not require the printed text in your class, your course can qualify for the No Cost designation. However, we strongly recommend that you work with the Library to determine longevity of access to any particular e-book. Email firstname.lastname@example.org the title and ISBN to double check the license to that title.
What if I don’t require any texts or “outside” materials for my class?
Your course CAN qualify for the No Cost designation if no “outside” materials or texts are required. For the purposes of these cost designations, it doesn’t matter if you are using instructor-created materials, activities, slides, websites, library materials, etc. Apply the question: does my course have any text or publisher-related costs? If the answer is no, the course meets the No Cost designation. If the answer is yes, but less than $49, the course meets the Low Cost designation.
What if I am unsure about the cost of my materials?
See the next section, Advice from MHCC Bookstore. If you still have questions, consult the Bookstore Manager for guidance.