Textbook Affordability (HB 33)

Pursuant to HB 33, The University of Texas at Austin must ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. The intent is to encourage all the involved parties – faculty, students, administrators, bookstores, publishers, and distributors – to work together to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials while maintaining academic freedom and high quality course materials.

The University Co-op, the university affiliated bookstore, in close cooperation with the Registrar’s Office, manages this course material information. The university has agreed to provide the Co-op with a list of required and recommended textbook and course materials no later than 45 days before the first class day.

The Co-op publishes the following priority deadlines for faculty to submit course materials information:

  • April 1 – Deadline for fall and summer
  • October 31 – Deadline for spring

All required course materials – textbooks, course packets, access codes, iClickers, school supply items, etc. – must be submitted to the Co-op. If an item is unavailable at the Co-op, it will still be listed. For courses without any required materials, course material information still needs to be recorded by flagging “No Books Required.” Courses that include and distribute textual materials that are included in the program costs (such as Option II and III programs) must also provide this information.