Textbook Affordability and Access Program (TAAP)


Textbook Affordability and Access Program

Helping Students Start Ahead of the Curve

The UCCS Textbook Affordability and Access Program (TAAP) membership provides an innovative, personalized, and affordable course material experience for all students.

About Membership

Easy and Affordable Access to Textbooks

How does it work?
On or before the first day of class, students will receive all required physical and digital course materials without placing individual orders or paying out of pocket.

All students are automatically enrolled in TAAP membership with the option to “TAAP out.” Each student will have a personalized value sheet within their portal; they will then be able to make an informed decision to keep their membership or to TAAP out. When TAAPing out, it is all or nothing. Students either TAAP out entirely or stay in for all courses. Students can regain their membership once TAAPed out until Census.

What are the costs?
TAAP membership is calculated on a $22 (plus tax) flat amount per credit hour.

Benefits of Membership

Equity for All: TAAP advocates for educational equity, guaranteeing universal access to required materials. Similar to tuition, TAAP membership ensures that all students, regardless of their chosen degree, incur the same charges for required materials.

Timely Material Access: Experience the convenience of having all course materials delivered or ready for pick-up on or before the first day of class, eliminating delays or uncertainties. *Dependent on faculty selection and availability.

Academic Enhancement: Improve your academic performance with on-time, readily available course materials, potentially leading to early class engagement, higher grades, increased course completion, and higher graduation rates.

Financial Relief: Reduce costs and alleviate financial stressors often associated with course materials, making education more affordable.

No up-front costs: There are no out-of-pocket expenses for course materials. The TAAP membership charge is conveniently placed on your student account and not payable until billed by the Bursar. You can essentially “test drive” the program at no charge up until census.

Predictable costs: Easy to budget because it removes the uncertainty of how much textbooks will cost. Because it is based on your credit hours, you will always be able to calculate the cost upfront using your Personalized Value Sheet.

Price Transparency: Each semester, you are provided with a Personalized Value Sheet that compares your TAAP membership charge with the cost of the course materials at market rates. This provides you with data upon which you can make a fiscally responsible decision and consider these other benefits of TAAP membership.

Accurate Materials: Ensure you receive the correct edition, digital codes, and complete materials as required by the professor.

Personalized Convenience: Enjoy a personalized website experience showcasing all your registered courses and the required course materials, ensuring easy access to your learning resources.

Seamless Integration: Benefit from an integrated system that seamlessly connects digital materials through Canvas, enhancing your ability to access and reference course content. Dedicated Support: Rely on our Learner Experience team, available year-round, 24/7 support during the back-to-school season to assist you whenever needed.

Simplified Learning: TAAP reduces complexities and confusion by streamlining access to course materials, helping you focus on your studies.

What TAAP is NOT:

Mandatory: Participation in TAAP is entirely optional. You are encouraged to review your Personalized Value Sheet sheet to weigh the financial aspect of TAAP. If the membership benefits do not benefit you as a student, you can TAAP out. *Note: you are automatically enrolled in TAAP each semester with the option to TAAP out through your portal.

Partnership Benefits:

  • Students: Receive all course materials by the first day of class at an affordable price. No special action, knowledge, or at-hand funds are needed.
  • Faculty: Complete academic freedom to select course materials (including OER). Access to an easy-to-use adoption tool. Start teaching class with all students prepared.
  • Administrators: Better retention rates and more affordable cost of education. Access to adoption cost insights to recommend lower-cost materials.
  • Campus Store: More accurately predict and source texts, taking on less risk. Buys and ships in bulk to lower the cost per unit. Benefits from aggregate purchasing and can leverage that to negotiate costs.
  • Publishers: Predictable and guaranteed quantities based on bookstore ordering to cap. Earlier and fixed adoption deadlines provide longer lead time to print and supply.

For questions about TAAP, connect with the UCCS Campus Store

TAAP in Two Steps:

Step 1

Faculty select the course materials they want to use and submit them through the TAAP portal.

Our TAAP partner at Akademos then sources materials in physical and digital formats.

Step 2

Once students are registered for the term, Akademos compiles the required materials for students.

Physical textbooks and materials will be available for pick-up at The UCCS Campus Store or delivered as requested.

Digital course materials are accessed through Canvas

TAAP Partner

UCCS partners with Akademos, Inc. to deliver TAAP with the goal of ensuring all students have the materials they need at an affordable price. Akademos is an industry leader in online and hybrid bookstore solutions.

Through its integrated platform, students can visit their portal to review the required course materials they will receive along with where and how to access them.

Student FAQs

Explore commonly asked questions about TAAP at UCCS.

Is TAAP university-wide?
How can students use their financial aid to pay for books and supplies?
Where can students find their required course materials with everything I need for the term?
Are the required course materials physical or digital?
Do students have to verify their order before it is delivered?
Where do students pick up and return books?
How do I know if I should keep my TAAP membership?
Can students cancel their membership and order course materials from someplace else?
What if I'm in session B or a spring term course?
Can I change my mind to or TAAP out?
When will physical course materials arrive at the Campus Store?
I am on the waitlist, now what?
Why are required materials not free like some other universities?
Where do I purchase supplies and UCCS branded apparel?
Where do I go for help with accessing my materials?
When do I have to pick-up my materials by?

Faculty FAQs

Program Questions
What is the Textbook Affordability and Access Program (TAAP)?
What are the benefits of this membership?
What are the dynamics of the TAAP economics model that makes the membership feasible for publishers, Akademos, and the UCCS Bookstore while ensuring the student affordability and earliest access?
Who participates in TAAP?
Can students TAAP out? If yes, how?
What course material formats are included in the membership?
What do I do if a student wants a book in a format that I didn't adopt?
How much does the TAAP membership cost?
Adopting course materials
How do I adopt course materials?
When are course materials adoptions due?
How does the TAAP website work?
What kinds of materials can I adopt to my course?
What will message look like if there are back-orders or availability issues?
I have created my own course materials in the past. How should I proceed?
My class doesn’t use textbooks or I use OER materials. Would students still have to pay?
If I want to change the text I adopted, what should I do?
Access Questions
Do you have something I can insert into my syllabus to give students more information?
How do students receive their physical materials?
How do students access digital course materials?
Learner Experience Questions
Where should I send my students if they need help?
Who do I contact if I am having trouble with the program?
Where do I go if I’m having trouble setting up publisher courseware (Cengage, Pearson, McGraw Hill, etc.)
What are the dynamics of the TAAP economics model that makes the membership feasible for publishers, Akademos, and the UCCS Campus Store while ensuring the student affordability and earliest access?