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WSSU offers free textbooks to all undergraduate students

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Winston-Salem State University has partnered with Barnes & Noble College to implement BNC First Day® Complete, a course material delivery model that will drive student success by ensuring all students are prepared to begin learning on the first day of class.

First Day® Complete, an innovative course material delivery model, addresses equitable access, convenience, and affordability across all courses at an institution by bundling the cost of course materials into tuition and ensuring students have all their materials for the semester available on or before the first day of class. WSSU will cover all associated expenses so that no additional costs will be passed on to students.

In addition, First Day Complete fully supports academic freedom and faculty choice. Faculty members can choose the materials that are best suited for their teaching, regardless of publisher or format.

“We are incredibly excited to offer free textbooks to our undergraduate students this fall. This will certainly be a game changer for many of our families by eliminating a significant educational expense. First Day® Complete also allows our faculty to expand their tool kits and offer a more immersive academic experience,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson.

WSSU will implement First Day® Complete beginning August 2021 for the fall term. Before starting the term, students will receive an email from the bookstore prompting them to select their preferred delivery method. The bookstore will prepare the materials for each student and notify them when the materials have shipped or are available for in-store pickup. Digital materials will be delivered directly through students’ learning management system.

“We look forward to working with WSSU to enhance the student experience through this new model of course material delivery,” said Jonathan Shar, EVP, Retail & Client Solutions, Barnes & Noble Education. “First Day® Complete will ensure students are prepared to begin learning on day one, driving greater student success while also offering a more affordable and convenient way for students to obtain their course materials. We know First Day® Complete will greatly benefit this campus community, and we are very excited to partner with WSSU on this program.”

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education company, currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide, including WSSU’s bookstore. For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit www.bncollege.com.

In addition to the Barnes and Noble partnership and to further highlight WSSU’s commitment to affordable education, the university will also offer a $500 book credit to all graduate students.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region, and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.


About Barnes & Noble College
Barnes & Noble College is a leading operator of college bookstores in the United States. Barnes & Noble College currently operates 772 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving more than 5 million college students and faculty nationwide. General information on Barnes & Noble College can be obtained by visiting the Company’s website: www.bncollege.com.

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