Publicize low-cost or no-cost alternatives to course materials when possible to ensure students’ financial background does not determine their ability to participate.


  • If your course requires use of a computer, let students know what computing resources are available on campus.
  • If relevant, tell students what resources exist online or in the library that they can use for free.
  • Encourage students in the previous semester to loan their books or other materials to current students.


  • Students might be unable to pay for course materials, but might be unaware of alternatives that could enable them to participate.