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UCCS Bookstore Day One Access Program

The UCCS Bookstore is revolutionizing the way students access course materials through modern technology, solutions, and partnerships. We have been working with your faculty and textbook publishers to deliver digital course materials at a significant savings off the market value of the traditional textbook.

What is Day One Access?

Day One Access is a new textbook model that converts physical course materials into instantly accessible, totally interactive, and adaptive digital content. The UCCS Bookstore, publishers, and faculty collaborate to make the digital course material available to every student enrolled in a Day One course on (or before) the first day of class. Because every student enrolled receives the digital course material, the publisher charges a lower bulk rate to the bookstore resulting in a lower retail price to the student. Most of digital content includes adaptive learning platforms, like McGraw-Hill's Connect or other access codes you may have purchased for previous courses.

How It Works

Students will receive access to their digital course materials through Canvas on the first day of class. The charge will be automatically billed to the student's university tuition account. Students can request to opt-out by Census Date and we will process a refund to their tuition account around Census Date.

How do I access my Day One material?

You will access the material through the course Canvas page. Most titles will be available by clicking on the VitalSource tool when in a course page. If you do not see the VitalSource tool notify your professor. Some publishers will have their own links within Canvas such as Cengage and McGraw Hill, you will use these links depending on the publisher of your course material. You may have to create a VitalSource account.

How much does Day One Access cost?

Prices will vary depending on the course materials chosen by your instructor. Most Day One Access prices are lower than the cost to access the material directly through the publisher and averages a cost savings upwards of 60% off the price of a new print textbook.

How am I billed for Day One Access?

You will see a charge on your tuition account from the bookstore upon enrollment in a course that uses Day One materials. In most cases this charge will appear at the latest by the time the campus releases excess aid funds (typically two weeks prior to the start of the term). Please note, if you did not select to allow federal funds to cover course materials the Day One Access charge will remain on your tuition account when funds are released. There is nothing tangible to purchase from the bookstore, you will receive access to the digital course material from your instructor in Canvas on the first day of class.

Opting Out

Students can opt out (which means they don't pay for anything, but lose all access to the materials, including homework tools). Please keep in mind that "opting out" means access to these materials will be turned off at Census Date and students will need to find a way to complete assignments. Students MUST opt out no later than: Course drop deadline for full fall, spring and summer semesters; the second day of classes for intensive (less than two weeks) courses.

How do I opt-out?

To Opt Out Follow These Instructions

Note: There is a slight delay, of a few days, between opting out and a refund showing up on your account.

What if I chose to opt-out, but changed my mind?

You can opt in and out of the material as many times as you like up until Census Date. After that point, we can work with the publisher to get you reconnected with the digital course material. Send us an email at asession@uccs.edu or jgilbert@uccs.edu.
You stop by the UCCS Bookstore and ask for Arletta Session or Jesse Gilbert for Day One Access assistance.

What if I drop the course? Can I still get a full refund?

If you drop your course by Census Date, you will receive a refund for the digital course material. Courses dropped beyond Census Date are not eligible for refunds. We recommend that you Opt-Out prior to dropping any courses.

Can I access my book after the class ends?

If your course used an ebook on VitalSource that gave you perpetual access to the material.
Perpetual Access which means it’s available through VitalSource Bookshelf online for 5 years, and students can download the title to their devices. As a reminder students can have up to 2 computers and 2 mobile devices linked to their account at one time. Before the class ends, students need to complete their VitalSource Bookshelf account via the Read Now link in Canvas. If students didn’t complete this step, they should contact support. The following support article has step by step directions. How to access your eTextbook after you finish a course.

Where do I go for technical support?

Need support? Visit VitalSource Support