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Course Materials: NTC Undergrad Bundle

Our course materials ordering model gives Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduate students access to all textbooks and course materials, so there's no need to shop around! 


 

What You Need to Know about the NTC Undergrad Bundle

  • Only Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduate students can access the new course materials ordering model.
  • NTC international exchange students and study abroad students are not eligible for accessing the automated NTC Undergrad Bundle.
  • Course materials are automatically ordered for students through this new model.
  • Course materials include: textbooks and materials used for instruction in a course: e-books, online resources, digital media, access codes, and lab manuals.  
  • Students will be expected to return textbooks at the end of the semester, similar to rentals. Students are allowed to highlight and write in these returned materials. There is an option to buy books during the return period.
  • Students can opt out of the NTC Undergrad Bundle by the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar
  • The Tulane bookstore recommends students to calculate their possible level of savings very closely before considering the opt-out option. 

 

How It Works

  • Students register for classes.
  • One month before classes start, students will receive an email instructing the review of courses. This message will explain how to choose the way materials are received: pickup or delivery. 
  • The cost will be included on each student's accounts receivable bill as a flat fee of $25 per credit hour, a savings of up to 50% per student per semester. 
  • The bookstore will prepare student course materials in a convenient package.
  • Students will receive an email notification when rental course materials are ready for pickup at the bookstore or when the bundle ships, depending on the selection made.
  • Digital materials will be delivered within Canvas, the online learning management system.
  • When courses are over, the bookstore will send students a reminder email to return rented course materials.

 

Students: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to access the NTC Undergrad Bundle?
Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduate students are eligible to access the NTC Undergrad Bundle. 

Is this program available to Newcomb-Tulane College international exchange students? 
No. NTC undergraduates who are international exchange students will not be eligible to have their course materials ordered automatically through this new model. They will need to order their course materials manually through the Tulane bookstore. 

I am an undergraduate student at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Am I eligible to access the NTC Undergrad Bundle?
No. Only NTC undergraduate students, who are not studying abroad or part of an international exchange program, can access the NTC Undergrad Bundle.

Do I need to do anything to order my textbooks?
No. Your rental course materials will be automatically ordered, packaged, and ready for pick-up when you arrive on campus in August. All orders will be placed based on your course registration. You will be notified by email when your materials are ready to pick up. You will need to select how you prefer to receive your materials via this email.

How will I be charged?
Charges will be added to your accounts receivable bill as a flat fee of $25 per credit hour after the add/drop period ends each semester.

Will this affect my financial aid?
No. Financial aid is allocated for course materials, and that process has not changed.

I was supposed to get information emailed to me about the NTC Undergrad Bundle by now, where is it? 
Due to technological issues, the bookstore had a delay sending information on the NTC Undergrad Bundle. If you have not received this information, please contact your bookstore team.

How do I calculate my potential savings to determine if this program benefits me?
The Tulane bookstore recommends that all eligible students calculate their possible level of savings on textbooks and course materials very closely. Here’s how you can calculate your costs: 
    •    Use the course finder on the bookstore’s website: https://tulane.bncollege.com/course-material/course-finder 
    •    Select your courses using the drop down menu to find prices of course materials 
    •    Add the costs
    •    Compare the general course materials cost to the $25 per credit hour cost through the bundle

Can I opt out?
Yes. Students may choose to opt out of the NTC Undergrad Bundle on the course materials portal. Students who opt out will not be charged and are free to obtain their course materials individually. Students must opt-out by the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar

How do I opt out?
The Tulane bookstore recommends all eligible students to calculate their possible level of savings on textbooks and course materials very closely before considering opting out of the NTC Undergrad Bundle. If you have determined that this program will not benefit you, please opt out using the following instructions.

  • To opt out, go to: https://sso.bncollege.com/bes-sp/bessso/saml/tulaneedu/fdcopt/logon
  • Login with your Tulane single sign on credentials
  • Choose the current semester
  • Select the opt-out button
  • Check your Tulane email for opt-out confirmation
  • Save your confirmation email in case you decide you need to opt back into the NTC Undergrad Bundle

Do I need to opt-out if I am studying abroad? 
No. NTC undergraduates who are studying abroad will not be eligible to have their course materials ordered automatically through this new model. This means opting out is not necessary.

Will I receive a course materials refund if I drop a course after the opt-out date? 
No. You will have to opt out by the deadline to receive a refund. The opt-out deadline is the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar.

What if I need to opt back into the program after opting out?
An opt-in option is included in the opt-out confirmation email. Save this email in case you decide to opt back into the program. Make sure you opt in before the deadline. The opt-out deadline is the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar.

How do I opt in if I deleted my opt-out confirmation email?
Please contact your bookstore team by the deadline, and they will help you opt back into the NTC Undergrad Bundle. The opt-out date will be the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar.

What if my schedule changes?
You may return books to the bookstore on the same terms and timelines currently in place. If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will swap the required textbooks and/or codes so that you have what you need.

Who do I contact for support with digital materials?
Please go to customercare.bncollege.com for support with digital materials.

I have more questions.
Please contact your bookstore team if you have any questions regarding your course materials.


 

Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

How can faculty contribute to the success of the program?
Faculty contribute to the success of the program by submitting their course material selections to the bookstore by the adoption deadline.

What is included in the program? 
The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and digital textbook versions to undergraduate students.

What is excluded from the program? 
The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused: lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits, or nursing kits.  

What is the cost to students for course materials in this new program?
Students will be charged a flat fee of $25 per credit hour. For example, a student enrolled in 15 hours for the semester would pay $375 for course materials.

How do students purchase course materials if they decide not to be in the program?
Undergraduate students who have elected to opt-out of automatic course materials ordering will be responsible for acquiring their own course materials.

What if my course materials are non-traditional or do not work within this program?
If your course materials do not fit within this program, please share the opt-out information with your students. Students can opt-out of the program by the same date as dropping a class for a full refund that is listed on the university's academic calendar. Instructions for opting out are included in the Student FAQs on this webpage.

How does the Tulane Bookstore ensure that students are getting their required course materials?
One month before classes start, students will receive an email instructing them to select their fulfillment preference: in-store pickup or shipped directly. An email notification will be sent when the students order is ready for pickup or when it ships, and digital materials will be delivered for course(s) within Canvas, the online learning management system.

Will faculty have to change their course materials currently being used?
No. There are no restrictions in the course materials you select for your course. All course materials, from any publisher, in your preferred format are included in the program.

Can I indicate that the student may use either a digital or physical textbook for my class?
No. While this program allows you full academic choice, we ask that you choose either digital or the physical book for your class. If you primarily use digital courseware in the package, we suggest you adopt this option so students can receive seamless delivery through Canvas, the online learning management system. Students have an option to purchase a print upgrade, but this is less than 1% of students. If you only use the physical text, you may adopt that alone. You should also know that due to supply chain issues, many publishers are encouraging a shift to digital materials over the physical text.

If I have already sent in my course materials for the fall semester, do I need to resubmit them in this new distribution system?
If you have already submitted your course materials for the fall semester, you have done everything you need to do to for course materials distribution.

If I use course materials from non-traditional sources such as a Harvard package or digital video rental, will those also be included in this program?
If your materials have a 13-digit ISBN number, it will be included in the fee for the student.

Why not work directly with publishers?
Publishers do not have the ability to provide all the different formats of content that faculty request at the lowest price possible.

How can we be sure that this will lower book costs for our students?
The Tulane bookstore is committed to lowering the costs of course material to our students, and with their integrated supply chain and economies of scale, the program brings a new innovative way to provide the most affordable solution for our students.

Will students be able to keep their course materials once they have completed the course?
Yes, the program provides students with the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the return period.

What happens if a faculty member changes their course material adoption?
If a faculty member changes their course material adoption, faculty should notify the bookstore of the new adoption and the bookstore will ensure that students receive the corrected course materials. 

What if my teaching assignment changes (e.g., I was scheduled to teach one course, but later assigned to another)?
The bookstore is committed to helping as they normally do in those situations. We will just work to update the textbook adoption platform with the new materials.

What happens if a student drops/adds a course?
When a student adds/drops a course, students are provided instructions for returning their course materials and delivery options for any new courses that have been added.

What if students have questions or trouble accessing their digital course materials?
All students in the program using digital materials should be directed to contact Bookstore Customer Care at bookstorecustomercare@bncollege.com for assistance. 

Are faculty limited to the open education resource options the bookstore has partnerships with?
Faculty can find low-cost or no-cost affordability solutions, recommended in line with relevant courses if there are no open education resource campus restrictions with course materials for their course. 

If I adopt Open Education Resources or don’t require a textbook, do my students still have to pay the fee?
Students will pay for the total number of credits taken a semester, not by the number of courses utilizing the program. Students have the option to opt out for all classes in their term.

How do we ensure course materials in the program are accessible to students with accommodations?
The bookstore can accommodate students with accessibility needs.

 

Last updated: October 11, 2022