If you are a student, visit Pay One Price - Student for more information.

Pay One Price is a digital-preferred, flat rate course materials program for all students taking a main campus undergraduate course, regardless of their major. Pay One Price provides a predictable cost of $250 for each semester (Fall & Spring). On the first day of classes, students can easily access and start using their required course materials by logging onto their D2L account.

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Learn more about the benefits of this program, how it works, and frequently asked questions below.



    First-day access to required course materials through D2L

    Primarily digitally delivered course materials reduces the need to carry physical books

    Students are better prepared to learn, and instruction can start right away


    One predictable price per semester, regardless of number of required books needed:

    $250 for each semester (Fall & Spring)

    $70 per summer each month (May, June & July)

    Option to use financial aid to pay for item on Bursar account


    Pay One Price saves students from having to search multiple sites for the lowest price

    Easy access to digital materials through D2L

    Quick pick up for included print materials at the University of Arizona BookStores


    Same cost for all students regardless of major


Access to textbooks and courseware through Pay One Price on the first day of classes is contingent upon faculty/instructors submitting their required textbook and courseware adoptions by the specified deadline. This ensures students have the necessary information to make informed decisions. Even if no course materials are needed, it's vital to submit a textbook adoption each semester to indicate zero course material costs on students' Booklists.

Course Material Adoption Deadlines:
Summer: February 10
Fall: March 17
Winter & Spring: October 10

This program is designed to make required course materials access easy, but we understand this process is new. Read through the FAQs for additional details about the program and how it affects you.

Pay One Price is an expansion of our current Inclusive Access program, which has saved the University of Arizona students millions of dollars on digital course materials since 2017. Pay One Price will:

  • Increase ease and convenience by providing all required textbooks and courseware for one flat rate each semester.
  • Provide day-one access so students can begin class with all materials they need.
  • Ensure a predictable, flat rate each semester, regardless of the student's major for easier financial planning.
  • Pay One Price is a digital-preferred program. Students can freely preview Pay One Price materials in D2L through the opt-out date.

For Pay One Price, digital is the default format whenever available. Digital formats cost less than new print, improve accessibility, are conveniently delivered to students through D2L, and don't require students to pick up print copies from the BookStores. Faculty may still request print textbooks (see “Is print an option?”). Please consider only 55% of students picked up their print materials last academic year, even though they paid for them. Students can also choose to opt out of Pay One Price and buy any format they prefer.

With Pay One Price, students pay a predictable flat rate or they can choose to opt out for the full term (fall, spring, or summer per month). Alternatively, Inclusive Access pricing varies by title and students opt out by course.

The biggest difference between Pay One Price and Inclusive Access is that for Pay One Price, the single cost covers as many course material items as needed and may include some print materials.

Pay One Price is for everyone taking a main campus undergraduate course. You could be teaching a course with one section in the main campus and another section that is in another campus, such as Arizona Online. The “Instruction Mode” doesn’t determine the program, the campus is what determines the program (see screenshots).

All graduate students and undergraduate students who are enrolled in Arizona International, Arizona International Direct, Arizona Online, Community Campus, Distance, Phoenix and Southern Arizona will continue to utilize the Inclusive Access Program or purchase materials on their own.

*Although not common, if a student is taking an undergraduate main campus course, and also taking a graduate course or an undergraduate course through Arizona International, Arizona International Direct, Arizona Online, Community Campus, Distance, Phoenix and Southern Arizona, they will have required textbooks and expenses for both Pay One Price and Inclusive Access.

No, faculty retain full academic freedom under this program.

Requred titles and lab manuals with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) are included in Pay One Price. Courseware delivered in partnership with VitalSource and Class Notes are included too.

Software, certification testing materials and course supplies, such as lab coats, goggles, art supplies, scantrons, examination books, etc. are not included in Pay One Price but students can purchase them from the BookStores.

We may not be able to acquire titles without new print or eBook availability. You may choose from paid publisher materials or free-to-use content. Whatever you choose, it's very important to submit all textbooks adoptions each term by the deadline. If we're not aware of what you're using, we can't include it in Pay One Price. Submitting your adoption later might result in exclusion from the program due to the necessary technology and setup times required.

There is no change to the current process. See our textbook adoption page for detailed instructions.

Adoptions must be submitted each term through the Collect Adoption tool. The tool offers a time-saving way to re-adopt materials from a previous term. If you need assistance, please contact the textbook team at textbook@arizona.edu or call the help desk at 520.621.8868.

After the BookStores receive your textbook adoption, we'll review your required textbooks for digital availability. We'll also share your adoptions with the University of Arizona Libraries so they can search for unlimited-user eBooks that University courses can use for free; these will be integrated into D2L through the Pay One Price program.

Ebooks will be delivered through D2L. If digital access isn't available, titles will be reviewed for availability in print.

Titles only available via used marketplace vendors, which often have limited availability and high costs, are not included in the program. This includes out-of-print, rare, and any title otherwise unobtainable in new print or eBook format.

Submit as soon as possible before the term starts. We recognize that there are situations where it may not be possible to have textbook information available by the deadline, such as when the course has not yet been approved or funded, or an instructor hasn't yet been assigned to the course.

Please know that late adoptions can only be delivered to students digitally. We can't acquire print textbooks and get them to students on short notice.

Great! We encourage you to adopt free-to-use content, because that helps keep the flat rate of Pay One Price as low as possible. We applaud all faculty efforts to minimize or eliminate courseware costs.

It's still important to submit a textbook adoption each semester so that students' Booklists show that the course has zero courseware costs.

If you use open educational resources, look for the adoption form's OER box.

If you use library-licensed eBooks, look for the adoption form's Library eBook box. The University Libraries verify eBook licenses every semester as availability changes.

You are free to continue to use current edition content adopted and delivered through the BookStore as in previous terms. This includes required titles and lab manuals with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), courseware delivered in partnership with VitalSource and Class Notes.

For OER and library-licensed eBooks, see “What if I don't require my class to buy any course materials?”

For Class Notes, there is no change to the current process. Submit your content through Fast Copy. Depending on the content, the Class Notes will be available either digitally or in print like required textbooks. Before submitting book chapters or journal articles to Fast Copy, please check with the University Libraries' document delivery service to see if they can provide free access to these materials for your course.

For third-party software, use the “Comments Field” on the Collect Adoption tool to provide students a link for display in the VitalSource Bookshelf e-reader.

Section 2.11.1 of the University Handbook for Appointed Personnel addresses the assignment of instructor-authored books and materials in classes. While instructors are encouraged and welcome to use self-authored materials in courses they teach or oversee, a conflict of interest (COI) may arise when instructors earn profits on the sale of these materials in their courses. The policy explains how to minimize COI. For example, instructors must disclose the COI to the dean of their college when the estimated profit for instructor-authored textbooks or other instructional materials is above $500 per course. See UHAP Section 2.11.1 for more information.

Digital textbooks and courseware are delivered through D2L course sites just like Inclusive Access content. Similarly, library-licensed eBooks and OER is also delivered through D2L, and through the Library Guide tab in D2L.

Print textbooks are available for pick up at the University of Arizona BookStores' flagship location in the Student Union Memorial Center through the 10th day of class.

Courses are not required to use D2L for instruction to participate in Pay One Price. Although, courses will need to have a D2L shell requested, and D2L will serve as a single access point for students to access their courseware. Faculty do not have to use D2L in an instructional capacity. If you're familiar with setting up Inclusive Access, Pay One Price will work similarly. See this link for requesting a D2L site https://help.d2l.arizona.edu/content/how-request-d2l-course-site.

Contact digitaltext@arizona.edu if you have questions.

Because Pay One Price is digital-preferred, eBook and courseware access through D2L is easy for students who change classes before the refund deadline. Typically, within 24-48 hours, students should have access to their newly added course's digital materials. If the opt-out deadline for Pay One Price has passed, students will not be able to opt back in (See “How do students buy digital/print textbooks if they opt out of Pay One Price?).”

Pay One Price is a flat rate, per-semester program that covers all* required textbooks and courseware for every student registered for a main campus undergraduate course. The cost is not based on individual classes. Therefore, if you decide to cancel an adoption for your class, there is no cost reduction for the student.

*If instructors don't submit a textbook adoption, we won't know to include their course materials in Pay One Price. It's very important to submit timely adoptions each term.

If the content is digital, main campus undergraduate students will have access through Pay One Price. Arizona Online and graduate students will have access through Inclusive Access if they don't opt out. In D2L, students in either program will have the same visibility and access to the content.

Yes, for certain materials. Access to content is controlled by each publisher and may range from 49 days to lifetime access.

Most eBooks can be downloaded to a device and read after the term is over by using the free Bookshelf app. Ebooks that are a part of a homework manager or courseware are only usable for the length of the class they were originally provided; unless otherwise noted, access to these materials expires once the class is over.

Students have online access to library-licensed eBooks if they are an enrolled student. Depending on publisher restrictions, many library-licensed eBooks can be fully or partially downloaded for offline use and kept perpetually. See the Libraries' eBook FAQ.

Students keep any physical textbooks they receive under Pay One Price. However, if they picked up a print title, then decide to opt out or drop a course with a print title before the refund deadline, they will need to return the print title in the same condition.

Students can purchase most individual books and courseware by going to https://arizona.vitalsource.com and searching by ISBN for the required materials. We recommend searching by ISBN rather than title to be assured your students are purchasing the edition of the textbook or courseware that the instructor requested. A credit card is required.

It is understood that a one-size-fits-most model may not meet the needs of every course format, curricula, or mode of instruction.

If materials are unavailable digitally or not feasible pedagogically in a digital format, print options will be included. Please contact us at textbook@arizona.edu with questions.

A print book can be purchased at the BookStores at current retail prices or students can buy print textbooks from the retailer of their choice.

Yes, students can choose to opt out each semester by clicking on the opt-out button in D2L. Students will receive multiple messages from the BookStores about how to opt out and reminders about deadlines. Emails will be coming from – "University of Arizona BookStores no-reply@verbasoftware.com" Please visit shop.arizona.edu/payoneprice_student for complete details on the opt-out process.

Here is suggested copy for your syllabus. Please note that some sections you are teaching may fall into Pay One Price, while the same course, but a different section may have materials delivered through Inclusive Access.

Pay One Price: The program from the University of Arizona BookStores provides required textbooks and courseware for a flat rate each semester. If you're registered for a main campus undergraduate course, you’re automatically enrolled in Pay One Price each semester (fall, spring & summer per month). You can opt out via D2L to receive a refund by the refund deadlines below.

  • Summer-May: May 20, 2024
  • Summer-June: June 10, 2024
  • Summer-July: July 15, 2024
  • Fall: September 8, 2024

For detailed information about Pay One Price, visit https://shop.arizona.edu/payoneprice_student. If you choose to opt out and receive a refund, your access to the required textbooks and courseware will be discontinued, and you'll need to purchase them on your own. It's possible for a student to be registered for courses that fall within Pay One Price and Inclusive Access. For further inquiries, email digitaltext@arizona.edu or call 520-621-8868.

Inclusive Access: This program from the University of Arizona BookStores provides required digital textbooks and courseware via D2L for a reduced price compared to print. Deadlines for opting out vary and are listed at https://shop.arizona.edu/inclusive. To qualify for a refund, you must opt out before the specified deadline. It's possible for a student to be registered for courses that fall within Pay One Price and Inclusive Access. For detailed information about Inclusive Access, visit https://shop.arizona.edu/inclusive. For further inquiries, email digitaltext@arizona.edu or call 520-621-8868.

This process remains unchanged. Reach out to your publisher representative to request a desk copy.

When you speak to your publisher representative, ask about the VitalSource Sampling Platform. D2L course users with the role of Teacher, Course Admin, or TA receive complimentary access to eBooks provided by VitalSource.

For eBooks or courseware provided directly through a publisher's content platform (such as McGraw Hill Connect or Pearson MyLab), please contact your publisher representative.


More questions? Please email us at digitaltext@arizona.edu and we will work to respond within the next 48 hours. Thank you!