The UAB Bookstore’s First Day program allows students to automatically receive access to digital course materials on or before the first day of class within Canvas. Charges for First Day course material are billed directly to your student account, so it’s convenient and affordable – with significant savings. Students have the ability to opt-out of the program if desired.

  • Benefits
    • First Day materials are digitally accessible, so it goes where you go, on whichever device you want.
    • The cost of First Day course materials have been negotiated to the lowest price available from the publisher.
    • Students are prepared with their required course materials on the first day of class leading to greater student success.
  • Related First Day Courses and Material Cost
    Department Course # First Day Cost National Average Retail Cost $ Savings
    AC 200 $115.72 $180.84 $65.12
    AC 201 $115.72 $180.84 $65.12
    AC 300 $90.86 $202.84 $111.98
    BUS 101 $38.01 $82.50 $44.49
    BUS 102 $38.01 $82.50 $44.49
    BUS 110 $80.08 $123.75 $43.67
    BUS 305 $33.00 $96.25 $63.25
    BUS 310 $115.72 $180.84 $65.12
    BY 116 $104.50 $116.88 $12.38
    BY 470/570 $95.00 $192.50 $88.00
    CH 460/560/660/760 $104.50 $233.75 $129.25
    CHHS 141 $70.40 $110.00 $61.88
    HCM 350 $99.00 $110.00 $11.00
    IS 303 $110.00 $171.88 $61.88
    LS 246 $41.37 $137.50 $96.13
    MA 94 $77.00 $130.63 $53.63
    MA 180/418 $88.00 $96.25 $8.25
    MG 417 $114.40 $178.75 $64.35
    MU 120 $79.20 $123.75 $44.55
    PY 216 $33.67 $195.97 $162.29
    PY 372 $35.60 $132.33 $96.73
    SPA 206 $110.00 $199.38 $89.38
  • Billing

    When you register for a First Day course, the cost of digital course material is automatically added to your account and is only applicable to courses using the First Day program. The charge is applied each time you register for a First Day course, including if a class is repeated.

    If you are receiving federal financial aid or aid from outside sources (Alabama GI, Voc Rehab, scholarships, etc.) and have completed your Title IV Form, those funds may apply to First Day charges.

  • Accessing First Course Materials

    Once the course is opened by the faculty member, you will be able to access your digital course materials through Canvas. First-time users will need to create an account with the publisher providing the course material. Please ensure your pop-up blocker is disabled within your browser during use.

    Each faculty member, and the UAB Bookstore, is trained to help you with your digital course materials and can provide instructions on how to access the materials through Canvas.

  • Opting Out

    Deadline

    The date to opt-out for the First Day program is the last day to add/drop classes. If you have a schedule change after that date, please contact the UAB Bookstore to discuss refund options.

    Instructions for Opting Out

    1. Log into Canvas
    2. Navigate to your course
    3. Click on the Course Materials located in the left-hand course menu
    4. After clicking Course Materials you will be redirected to the Course Materials page
    5. To opt-out you need to click the Opt-Out link on the right side of the window. On this page you will also see the opt-in price and the deadline to make a decision.
    6. A pop-up window will open asking you to confirm that you would like to opt-out. Select the check box and click Confirm to opt-out
    7. You will then get the confirmation page that you have opted-out

    See opt-out video instructions.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I opt-out of the First Day course materials?
    Yes, you may opt-out of purchasing the First Day digital course materials, however, you are still responsible for completing all work assigned by your instructor.

    What if I want a physical copy of the textbook?
    Some publishers give students the option of purchasing a very affordable loose-leaf copy of the book through the UAB Bookstore. The loose-leaf copy can also be ordered online from the UAB Bookstore and shipped directly to you.

    What happens if I drop a First Day class?
    If you drop a First Day course, you will be refunded according university refund policies. If you add the course back, you will be charged the First Cay Course Materials cost again.

    Why is the Title IV Form necessary?
    Title IV funds are federal student aid funds, which are from federal student aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. In compliance with federal regulations, UAB must obtain your permission to apply federal financial aid proceeds to pay for charges other than tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board contracted by the University.

Questions? Contact the UAB Bookstore at (205) 996-2665.

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