Inclusive Access

Inclusive Access is where digital course materials are included as an additional course charge for a particular course or program. This model is easy and convenient for student use, provides an affordable option, and supports student success by ensuring every student is prepared for the first day of class. Inclusive Access course materials may include, but are not limited to, e-textbooks which are digital versions of the physical book or digital content that has supplemental material over the physical textbook, such as videos, simulations, and interactive software.

Some of the benefits of the Inclusive Access program include:

  • you will be prepared on the first day of class with all your required materials, leading to greater success
  • the price you pay is below market value
  • you can use your financial aid to cover the course materials costs
  • Inclusive Access materials are accessible through the internet, so it goes where you go on most major consumer devices

Accessing Inclusive Access Course Materials

Once the course is opened by the instructor, you will be able to access your digital course materials through your Learning Management System (Blackboard). You will have access to the required materials by the first day of class. First-time users may need to create an account with the publisher providing the course material.

Opting Out of Inclusive Access Course Materials

You may opt-out of the Inclusive Access digital course materials. However, if you opt-out, you should obtain alternative access to the course materials since you are still responsible for completing all work assigned by your instructor. You are not able to opt out when the Inclusive Access materials are not available elsewhere or accessible from sources other than those provided or authorized by the institution.

To opt-out, click the Course Materials link in your Blackboard course. Then select Opt-Out at the top of the page and complete the steps that follow. A credit to your student account will be processed for opt-out requests received by the 10% point of the course. If you drop the course before the first day of the term, you will automatically be "opted out" and the charge will be credited to your account. If you drop the course on or after the first day of the term but before the 10% point of the course, you will have to opt-out of the program, and a credit to the your account will be processed. There are no refunds if you drop after the 10% point of the course.

If you accidentally opt out and still need access, you can opt back in — options to opt-in and opt-out are available up until the 10% point of the course. If you forget to opt out and miss the deadline, you may get a refund up to to the 10% point of the course. After the 10% point of the course, there are no refunds.

If you want a physical copy of the textbook, optional loose-leaf print books may be available, depending on the course. Visit the campus bookstore or Barnes and Noble College online for more information.

Inclusive Access Costs

When you register for a course that utilizes Inclusive Access materials, Central Piedmont automatically adds the cost of the Inclusive Access materials as a charge on your student account. Courses that utilize Inclusive Access materials will state so in their section notes. If you repeat a course that utilizes Inclusive Access materials within the same semester, the fee will be credited.

For billing and opt-out questions, contact Cashiering. For technical issues, contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@cpcc.edu or 704.330.5000.