Equitable Access

EQUITABLE ACCESS - STUDENT FAQ

What is Equitable Access?

Equitable Access is a digital-first flat rate course materials program for all undergraduate students developed by the SDSU Bookstore with the support of the university. This program provides each student access to all of their required course materials before the first day of class for one low rate of $22 per unit/credit.

What are the benefits of Equitable Access?

Equitable Access will provide all undergraduate students with access to their required course materials before the start of classes and they can keep that access through the add/drop date even if they opt out of the program. The program provides undergraduates with predictable pricing which allows them to budget for their course materials semester to semester.

What is included in Equitable Access?

Equitable Access will deliver any required course material with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Course supplies such as lab coats, goggles, art supplies, scantrons, examination books, etc. are not included in Equitable Access.

Can I opt out of Equitable Access?

You can choose to stay in the program or opt out before the add/drop deadline. You will be remaining in or opting out of Equitable Access for all of your classes, not on a class-by-class basis. Opting out of Equitable Access does not drop you from your classes. For those opting out, you will need to secure your own course materials at regular pricing. Digital and print materials will be available at the SDSU Bookstore and through EZ Books.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Equitable Access?

Please send us an email at [email protected].

Where do I go if I'm having trouble with RedShelf?

If you are having trouble with RedShelf, you should visit the RedShelf Solve page. This page includes all of the RedShelf FAQ's and the ability to submit a help request to the RedShelf Customer Experience team.

Where do I go if I'm having trouble with Cengage/Cengage Unlimted?

If you are having trouble with a Cengage product, please visit the Cengage Student Page. The page includes information on how to access your Cengage products and how to contact Cengage support.

How is Equitable Access assessed and billed?

Equitable Access is assessed to your course load at $22 per unit/credit. For example, if you are enrolled in 6 units/credits, you will be assessed $132 for Equitable Access. The rate will be assessed to your account shortly after registration occurs and will adjust accordingly if units/credits are added or dropped. The final amount will be due shortly after the add/drop date.

Where can I pay for Equitable Access?

After registering for your courses, an Equitable Access rate will be listed on your my.SDSU self-service account. Payment for Equitable Access can be made via CASHnet through the payment options listed here.

Can I choose which classes I would like to participate in?

Equitable Access is assessed to your course load at $22 per unit/credit. The rate is assessed to your entire course load, therefore opting out of the program would remove textbook access through Equitable Access for all of your registered courses.

I am an undergraduate student but plan to take a graduate level course. Will that course be included in Equitable Access?

Yes. If you are an undergraduate taking a 500+ level course, your required course materials will be delivered to you as part of the Equitable Access program.

I paid for Equitable Access but decided to opt out, when will I get my refund?

Your refund will be issued back to the original form of payment four-to-six weeks from the opt out date. Per university policy, credits are first applied to outstanding fees. Then, if applicable, the remaining credit is refunded back to the original form of payment

I opted out of Equitable Access, when will it be removed from my account balance?

The Equitable Access rate will be removed from your my.SDSU self-service within seven business days of successfully opting out.

Will financial aid cover Equitable Access?

The financial aid cost of attendance includes an allowance for books and supplies. Financial aid can be used to cover the equitable access charges.

How do I access my digital textbooks if I am participating in Equitable Access?

To access your digital content/textbooks for any given course, simply log in to the course page in your SDSU Canvas account, and click on the Equitable Access link under modules. Depending on the textbook or content type, you may find additional access information after clicking the Equitable Access link.

Will all textbooks be digital under Equitable Access?

Equitable Access is a digital-first course materials program. If there is a required course material not available digitally, a print version will be provided.

How can I find out if my textbooks are digital or print format?

All of your digital and print textbooks are displayed in EZ Books.

How can I receive my required print textbooks that are not available in digital format?

Required print textbooks can be ordered through EZ Books and are also available for pick-up at the Bookstore. If you choose to ship printed materials, additional charges may apply.

Will print upgrades be available for digital books if I remain opted in Equitable Access?

It depends. Not all digital books will have a print upgrade available. Students who remain in Equitable Access will have the opportunity, if available, to purchase a print upgrade (for an additional cost) after the add/drop date. Any available print upgrades will display as a purchase option through the Equitable Access link in your Canvas course after the add/drop date.

Will Equitable Access allow me to retain access to my course materials after a course ends?

It depends. eBook duration varies by publisher and may range from 150 days to perpetual access. Printed textbooks and iClickers that you receive in Equitable Access will need to be returned to the Bookstore after the semester is over. eBooks that are part of a homework manager or similar courseware are only usable for the semester during which they were originally provided. Unless otherwise noted, access to these materials expires once the term is over.

How do I opt out of Equitable Access?

You can opt out of Equitable Access by visiting the Equitable Access portal.

What is the deadline to opt out of Equitable Access?

You have until the add/drop date to opt out of the entire program.

How do I purchase my digital textbooks if I choose to opt out of Equitable Access?

You can easily purchase individual digital textbooks, access codes, and other digital courseware through EZ Books; at the SDSU Bookstore; shopaztecs.redshelf.com; or directly through the publisher.

How do I purchase my print textbooks if I choose to opt out of Equitable Access?

The Bookstore will be selling undergraduate print textbooks to those who have opted out of the Equitable Access program at current retail prices.

What about lab manuals and readers?

Custom faculty-created lab manuals and readers from Montezuma Publishing that are not available digitally will still be sold at the Bookstore. These are included in Equitable Access and may also be purchased individually by those who have opted out of the program.

If I opt out but change my mind, can I re-enroll in Equitable Access?

Yes. Prior to the add/drop date you can opt back into Equitable Access by visiting the Equitable Access portal.

Are graduate and Global Campus students part of the Equitable Access program?

Equitable Access will only include undergraduate students at this time. Graduate level courses and Global campus courses will still have the opportunity to participate in Immediate Access

What do I do if I need an academic accommodation?

You will continue to work with the Student Ability Success Center If you have questions about accessibility and using digital content or need an academic accommodation please contact the SASC for assistance. 

Am I required to return printed textbooks and iClickers I receive in Equitable Access from the Bookstore?

If you choose to remain in Equitable Access, printed textbooks and iClickers must be returned to the Bookstore at the end of the semester. You will receive an email reminding you to return these materials.

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