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What is ZTC?

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Zero Textbook Costs means that your students will pay nothing for required textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals, readers, or specialized software like online homework systems. There is a state law (SB 1359) that requires California Community Colleges to identify Zero Textbook Costs course sections.

The definition does not include supplemental materials that are required to successfully complete the course. Examples of supplemental materials are lab coats and kits, goggles, calculators, blue books, scantron forms, art supplies, etc. If you are using an Open Educational Resource or other free instructional materials, but still require your students to have supplemental materials like those listed above, you can still get the ZTC symbol in the course schedule.