Inclusive Access

University of Minnesota Inclusive Access

The University of Minnesota Bookstores are revolutionizing the way students access course materials using technology and our industry partnerships to deliver digital course content at a significant savings for students.

Inclusive Access, What is it?

Inclusive Access is a textbook model that converts physical course materials into instantly accessible digital content providing students interactive, adaptive and affordable materials. The University of Minnesota Bookstores, publishers, and you, our faculty, collaborate to make the digital course material available to every student on the first day of class. Since every enrolled student receives the digital course materials, the publisher charges a lower bulk rate to the Bookstores resulting in lower prices for students. How it works
  • If a faculty member opts to use Inclusive Access for any course, it will appear in a student’s course listing as LMS followed by the text title.
  • Students will receive access to the digital course material through Canvas, the U of M learning platform, on the first day of class.
  • Upon enrollment in the course, the Inclusive Access charge will be automatically billed to the student’s account.
  • The University of Minnesota Bookstores notifies all students in Inclusive Access material courses about the fees, how and when it will be billed to their student account and how to opt out of the materials and their cost if that is their preference.
  • In most cases, students can request to opt-out and receive a refund with the first 10 days of class (5 days for partial semester classes).

Inclusive Access FAQs

How much does Inclusive Access cost?
Prices vary depending on the course materials selected by the instructor. Most Inclusive Access prices are lower than the cost to access the material directly through the publisher with cost savings up to 60% of the price of a new print textbook.

How is Inclusive Access Billed?
Students will see a charge for “Required Digital Materials” on their U of M student account from the U of M Bookstores on or before the first day of class.

What does it mean to opt out?
If students do not want to receive the digital course materials through Inclusive Access they can opt out through their learning platform or email inclusiveaccess@umn.edu , ask to opt-out. At the student’s request, the University of Minnesota Bookstores will issue a refund to their student account.

Opt-outs are only accepted within the first ten (10) days of class, (5 days for partial semester courses and summer terms). Access to the digital course materials will be revoked at that time and students will be responsible to find the required course materials by other means.

What if I chose to opt-out, but change my mind?
The University of Minnesota Bookstores can work with the publisher to get you reconnected with the digital course material. Please contact the University of Minnesota Bookstores at inclusiveaccess@umn.edu or stop by the U of M Bookstores for assistance.

What if I drop the course? Can I still get a refund?
If students drop the course before the tenth day of class (fifth day of class for partial semester courses), they will automatically receive a refund for the Inclusive Access material. Courses dropped after the tenth day of class, or fifth day of class for partial semester courses are not eligible for refunds.

Still have questions?
Contact the University of Minnesota Bookstores at 612-625-4556 or email textbook@umn.edu