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OER & Textbook Affordability at GCC

ZTC & LTC at Glendale Community College

Since Fall 2018, Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) and Low Textbook Cost (LTC) courses at GCC have saved students an estimated*

$6 million!



Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes offer free access to all textbooks and course materials used in the class.


Low Textbook Cost (LTC) classes have a textbook and materials cost that is less than $40 total.


OER / Open Educational Resources are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and research. OER is just one type of material that can be used to make a class ZTC.


*Cost savings estimate is calculated using $100 as the average cost of a textbook, based on OpenOregon’s “Is the average cost of a textbook $100?” ZTC savings are estimated at $100/student and LTC savings are estimated at $60/student.

ZTC & LTC Classes in the Online Class Schedule

Is your class zero or low textbook cost? Make sure your course section is labeled correctly in the Online Class Schedule so students can find it!

Screenshot of Zero and Low Textbook Cost page

To list your course section as ZTC/LTC, let your division know when you accept your section assignments! They will submit the information to the Curriculum department.

Section still not listed correctly? Contact the Curriculum department to correct the listing.

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