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Georgia Southern’s new digital resources program saves students more than $500,000

The University Store at Georgia Southern University has expanded its digital resources for students, and one new program has saved 9,000-plus students more than $565,000 this semester.

Through a partnership with Willo Labs, a leading digital resource provider, the University Store provides digital textbook resources to students that are available on the first day of classes each semester via their Day1Access program. This program allows students to purchase their course material and have all the resources they need to begin their studies without having to visit the store. 

The program saved students an average of $50.17 per course during the fall 2020 semester and 45% overall on textbook resources.

This fall, the program has expanded to more than 50 titles and has saved students more than $565,000 when compared to having to buy new textbooks for their classes. 

“The cost of attending college is a top priority of the University System of Georgia and Georgia Southern,” said Robert Whitaker, Georgia Southern’s vice president for business and finance. “We are continually looking for ways to both save our students money and provide them more access to digital resources and textbooks. We are pleased that the Day1Access program has done both. I expect this will become more popular in the future.”

Students gain codeless access to their purchased required material on the first day of class. Charges are not assessed until after the semester add/drop date. Students do not purchase the material until those charges are added to their student bill at the end of the first week of classes. Once purchased, the materials are available through Folio via their account. Students may opt to drop out of the program through the typical drop/add period at the beginning of the semester.

As inclusive access programs like Day1Access continue to grow in higher education, the University Store hopes to expand the program even more in the future.

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