Bucks County Community College offers over 140 courses with Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) sections. What does this mean for students? You get free access to course materials like textbooks and workbooks.
How it works
Many instructors teaching ZTC courses use Open Educational Resources (OER) for their classes.
What are OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free resources for teaching, learning, and research. Materials are copyright-free or licensed for reuse, revision, remixing, redistribution, and can be kept.
Are there specific programs at Bucks that offer ZTC?
Yes! We currently have three degree programs and four certificate programs that include ZTC. By selecting ZTC courses and sections, you can complete the program without ever having to purchase a textbook!
Creative Arts & Entrepreneurship
Social Media & Digital Marketing
Is there a list of ZTC courses?
Spring 2024 Courses
A list of courses is shared each semester. Please note that not all sections are ZTC for some courses. Check the course description in Self-Service to confirm there is no cost for textbooks.
In Self-Service, you can filter courses by "No Textbook Purchase Req". Also, within the section details for a course, notes for no cost materials will be displayed for Additional Information.
Select "Show Filters"
Navigate to "Course Types"
Check "No Texbtook Purchase Req"
The ZTC Initiative at Bucks began in 2016 when funding was received from the College and the College Foundation to allow faculty members to redesign courses to include OER. Since then, more than 30 courses have been redesigned as part of the formal initiative, and many other faculty have adopted OER to make their course sections ZTC. Today sections of nearly 150 courses are ZTC, and the total potential cost savings to students is now in the millions of dollars!