KPU launches Zed Cred program with no-cost textbooks

November 7, 2017

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced the launch of Zed Cred, a first-of-its-kind in Canada program that allows students to complete an entire degree program--in this case a certificate of arts credential--with zero textbook costs. “Even a single textbook can cost well over $100, which means a student can spend thousands of dollars on textbooks on top of the cost of tuition during their post-secondary career,” said KPU Teaching Fellow Rajiv Jhangiani, who recently released a study showing that 54% of BC postsecondary students refrain from purchasing at least one required text due to its cost. KPU has reportedly launched nearly 50 courses in the Faculty of Arts that use either free open textbooks or free library materials that are available online. The program was made possible by a grant from BCcampus. BCcampus | KPU