Troy University unveils Trojan Book Bag, says program will save students money

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) —Troy University has announced a new program it says will save students money on course materials.

The Trojan Book Bag program is the result of the University’s newest partnership with Barnes & Noble.

According to the University, the program is designed to make course materials, such as textbooks, more affordable for students.

“If you are a student, then you know the nightmare of getting to class and finding and determining what materials you need to succeed,” said Jim Bookout, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs.

Students will be automatically enrolled in the program when they register for the Fall 2024 semester or term classes.

Fall & Term 1 – 2024 Opt-Out Dates

July 15, 2024 – August 19, 2024

Fall & Term 1 – 2024 Return Deadlines For Course Materials

Fall Semester: December 11, 2024

Term 1: October 13, 2024

If students do not want to participate, they do have the option to opt-out.

“If a student can find a better deal, let’s say a student has materials from a friend or relative, and there would be no cost to the student because all their materials could be supplied through other means, then sure students can opt-out,” Bookout told TrojanVision. “They can opt back in the next term or semester.”

According to the Trojan Book Bag website, students are not allowed to opt-out on a course-by-course basis.

“The opt-out window opens approximately 30 days prior to the start of classes and closes on the last day of free drop/add. By opting out, you will not receive your required course materials in a convenient package at a reduced rate and your access to digital content will be removed from Canvas after the opt-out window closes.”

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The program will charge students $21 per credit hour for required course materials. The materials would then be delivered to students up to 30 days before the first day of classes. Bookout says this system will eliminate most of the cost of class materials.

“A typical chemistry book costs $278,” Bookout explained. “Students would not pay $278. They would pay $84 because it is a four-hour class. That’s $198 savings. Now apply that to 12 to 15 hours per semester or nine hours for terms.”

Trojan Book Bag comes after the University announced an increase in tuition for the upcoming school year. Bookout says he hopes the program will help offset the new tuition cost.

“The last thing we want to do is charge students more money for an education. We did request a slight increase in tuition and this will offset that tuition increase.”

Students will have the option to have the hard copies of their course materials either delivered to them or shipped to the bookstore to be picked up later. Digital materials will be made available through Canvas.

The Trojan Book Bag program is expected to start in the Fall Semester. More information about Trojan Book Bag, including FAQs can be found here.