UTSA Textbook Transparency: Find Courses with Affordable Textbooks

A guide for UTSA Student Roadrunners on how to find free and low-cost textbook courses in the UTSA course schedules.


Making college more affordable: To assist UTSA Students in easily finding Free and Low-Cost Textbooks during course registration, UTSA Libraries, Student Government Association, Office of the Registrar, University Technology Solutions, and Rowdy Campus Bookstore have added filters that students can use when browsing the UTSA Class Schedules in compliance with SB 810 and HB 1027 codified in TEC 51.542 to support equitable access for UTSA students.

Free textbook

Course with total learning materials cost of $0 that uses primarily open access textbooks and other free learning materials

Low-cost textbook

Course that has total learning materials cost of $40 or less

Find Courses

1. Login to myUTSA during course registration.

2. Select Term.

3. Select Subject.

4. Apply the Attributes

5. Find Courses

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Attribute Definition Examples
Free Textbooks Courses with total learning materials cost of zero that are Creative Commons licensed. Ensures UTSA's compliance with TEC 51.542. Open Educational Resources from Open Textbook Library, OpenStax, or any other Creative Commons licensed learning material that allows for free access and re-use.
Low Cost Textbooks Filters for courses with total learning materials cost of $40 or less.

Open access: free, publicly accessible resources that may be copyright-protected. Examples: YouTube videos, freely accessible websites, etc.

Online resources from the UTSA Libraries: e-books, streaming videos, etc. that are no additional cost and available to students remotely.

A collection of resources from copyright-protected resources that are provided to students at no cost by applying fair use: no more than 20% of each resource is used at any given point through the semester. Example: chapters from different print books scanned and made available to your students in Canvas.

Learning resources that are copyright-protected that cost $40 or less. Example: a required novel or several required novels for a literature course with a combined total purchase price of $40 or less.


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