Santa Ana College Awarded the Zero Textbook Cost Degree Grant
by the California Community College Chancellor's Office
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree
program is one of the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives to
improve teaching, learning, and accessibility for all learners at
California Higher Education institutions. SAC is one of 20 California
Community Colleges to be awarded the Implementation Phase II RFA for
2017/18. Courses designated as Zero Textbook Cost eliminate
conventional textbook costs by using alternative instructional materials
and methodologies, including open educational resources.
ZTC Course Designation
Faculty: How to determine if your course is a Zero Textbook Cost course:
The State has established parameters for what constitutes “zero-textbook-cost”:
- If all assigned textbooks are optional for the section
- If all assigned textbooks are identified as Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks
- If there is no assigned textbook
the assigned textbooks (including course readers) are available online
for free (i.e. through library databases) AND students are not required
to buy a physical copy
- (Note: for course readers and online
materials, faculty are responsible for adhering to copyright and
- Lab materials or required supplies are not considered a
textbook cost, so if a course section meets the parameters noted above,
but do require a materials fee – then the section WOULD still qualify
textbook cost free per State guidelines.
- If students need to pay fees to access a software platform to
do coursework or homework, this counts as a cost. The course section
would NOT qualify.
- A course must be replacing a textbook with an associated cost,
with zero textbook cost materials to qualify for the ZTC designation.
To have your course designated as a ZTC course, please send all ZTC courses/section numbers for the upcoming semester to
If you are unsure if a section should be considered for inclusion as
“zero cost” in the schedule of classes, please contact our office!