Higher Education Opportunity Act
The Textbook Provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that students have access to the cost of course materials at the time they register for classes. Below is an excerpt from the law:
(a) PURPOSE AND INTENT: The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.
Most of the textbooks for university courses are available through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville textbook rental program. Visit the Textbook Center for detailed information.
Special Course Fees
Some courses may require supplemental materials or costs not covered by the rental program (e.g. workbooks, software, etc.). The most current information regarding these additional costs is located in the PASS system within the course description as a special course fee.
The Knowledgebase and Registration Guide provide instructions about locating updated information about these fees. Supplemental materials are available through the University Bookstore. Visit the UW-Platteville Bookstore for more information.