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Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to empowering students to achieve academic success by providing timely access to essential learning materials.

The First Day Complete Textbook Program provides students access to required textbooks, lab manuals, and access codes for an affordable flat rate of $22.00 per credit hour.

Students enrolled in the program save an average of 65% on textbooks per semester.


How It Works

  1. Register for classes and reserve books. Prior to each semester students will receive an email with important dates and information to reserve their books. Students will click the link in the email or click the “Reserve My Books” link on the TCL College Store website, to select a delivery preference of in-store pick up or shipping* for their textbook order. *Shipping fees apply.
  2. The student account will be charged a per credit hour fee each semester. Students will be charged $22.00 per credit hour for books.
  3. The bookstore will prepare and package the order and email the student before classes begin to let them know that the books are ready for pick-up or have been shipped.
  4. Head to the first day of class with the books needed to succeed this semester.

TEXTBOOK RENTAL FAQs

How does First Day Complete help students?

It is a rental program specifically geared to lower textbook costs for students and to ensure that students have their required course materials on the first day of class.

Which students have access to First Day Complete?

The program is available to all students.

What is included in the program?

The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and electronic book versions.

What is excluded from the program?

The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned such as lab kits, uniforms and other supplies.

How do I enroll in the program?

All students are automatically enrolled in the First Day Complete Textbook Program.

How do I pay for my textbook rentals under this program?

A flat-rate fee will be assessed to the student account each semester, in accordance with the published tuition and fees schedule. Students will pay $22.00 per credit hour which will be charged to the student’s account at the time of registration.

When are my textbook rentals due back to the bookstore?

The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals. Students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline to their TCL student email address.

Can I buy my rented textbook?

Yes, the program provides students with the option to purchase textbooks as a buyout option during the return period at a reduced rate.

What happens if I do not return the books by the due date?

There will be a charge assessed on the student account to any student failing to return items issued through the book program within the designated time period.

Do I need to return books if they are for a continuation course?

Yes, students will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. The student will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.

What happens if I drop a course

Students dropping a course or withdrawing from the college must return items issued through the program within 24 hours of the course drop or college withdrawal.

What happens if I add a course

If a course is added more than 30 days before the start of the semester, it will be included on your original order. If a course is added within 30 days of the start of the semester, you will receive an email approximately 48 hours after registering with a link to order for that course. 

Can I opt-out of First Day Complete?

Students electing to opt-out of the program must read and complete the electronic Title IV Financial Aid Recipient Textbook Program Opt-Out form by the last day of the swap/drop period (see registration guide for specific dates). The form can be found on the students self-service account/click on student ID# in top right-hand corner/required agreements. If a student elects to opt-out, they are opting out of the entire semester, not course by course. If a student is registered for the 15-week (full term) courses or a combination of the 15, 10 or 7-week courses, the opt-out form must be submitted by the last day of swap/drop for the full 15-week term and may not re-enter the program during the semester to which was opted out. If a student registers for only the 10 or 7- week sessions and does so after the start of the full term, they have until the last day of swap/drop for these sessions to opt out (contact the business office for questions concerning the opt out form). Students are required to opt out every semester. Upon receiving official notice that a student wishes to opt-out of the program, the fees will be credited within 10 business days.

Can I opt-out if I’ve already received my rental books?

Yes, students electing to opt-out of the program who have already received their rental books from Barnes & Noble are required to return the books to the TCL College Store within 24 hours of submitting the opt-out form. Students who fail to do so will be assessed the full cost of each book to their student account.


Policy for Title IV Financial Aid Recipients

In accordance with federal regulations, The Technical College of the Lowcountry has established a policy under which an eligible Title IV financial aid recipient may opt-out of the per credit hour book fee program. Students are encouraged to read the opt-out policy, prior to submitting the Title IV Financial Aid Recipient Textbook Program Opt-Out Form from their Self-Service account.

  • Students opting out of the First Day Complete Textbook Program must opt-out by the last day of the swap/drop period (see registration guide for specific dates) and may not re-enter the program during the semester (see opt out form for details).
  • Students electing to opt-out of the program must complete the electronic Title IV Financial Aid Recipient Textbook Program Opt-Out form located on their Self-Service account. Once the opt-out form is submitted, the TCL College Store is no longer responsible for issuing textbooks to the student.
  • Students are required to opt-out each semester. 
  • Students electing to opt-out of the program and have received their books from The TCL College Store through the book program are required to return the books to the TCL College Store within 24 hours of remitting the opt-out form online. Students failing to do so will be assessed the full cost of each book to their student account.
  • Title IV financial aid recipients have the option of purchasing books at their own expense or by using their FA funds in the TCL College Store. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase all required books should they opt-out of the program. They must review the book list on TCL College Store website to ensure purchases made outside of this program are accurate and match the faculty’s up to date book adoption.