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First Day of Class programs make it possible for every student to have access to their course materials on the first day of class so they never fall behind waiting for a book to arrive.  Students choose to participate in the program and benefit from lower charges for the course materials.  Students pay for the course materials through their student account.


The University Store strongly recommends that First Day of Class programs be set up as opt-in programs.  This means that students do not have access to the content until they choose it.  There is always a free trial period at the start of classes.  Students that opt-in can opt-out any time before the end of the free trial period.  Using an opt-in program avoids the pitfalls of more traditional First Day of Class programs where students that do nothing are charged for content.



  • Choose the content and send your request to [email protected].
  • Explain the program to your students. The University Store can provide a draft email for you to send.
  • Remind your students of the opt-out deadline as it approaches.



  • Content is available immediately upon the start of the semester to students registered for the course.
  • Students opt-in to the content by clicking through to it from the course Canvas page link.
  • Students have a trial period to try the content at no charge.The trial period is two weeks for full semesters and one week for shorter courses.
  • If a student who opts-in decides they don't like the digital content, they simply opt-out before the deadline and they are not charged.
  • A charge for the content goes to the students' University accounts for payment if they opt-in and do not opt-out by the deadline.



  • The University Store gets a lower price from the publisher through this program which is passed on to students. If the price isn't to the advantage of our students, the program will not be offered.
  • The University Store contacts the Eberly Center to set up Canvas links.
  • Email messages are sent to students who opted in to the program reminding them that they opted in to the content and must opt out or they will be charged for the content.The email reminds students of the deadline to drop without being charged.
  • The University Store sends charges to the Student Accounts staff to put the charges on campus accounts for the students who opted in and did not opt out.
  • Receipts are sent via email to students that were charged.
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