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Zero Textbook Cost

All the knowledge, none of the textbook costs

To reduce the cost of learning for students, KPU started Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) initiative. Instead of textbooks, we use library and open educational resources (OER) in over 950 course sections.

Since ZTC started in 2018, KPU has gone even further, offering many credential programs with zero textbook cost through the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation and the Wilson School of Design.

ZTC helps remove barriers to access post-secondary education, adapting our programs to create a more equitable place for all students to learn.

ZTC Courses and Programs

Use the Register for Classes app at to search for course sections with zero textbook costs (Browse Classes> Select a Term> Advanced Search> Attribute> Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC)).

In addition to individual course sections, KPU offers eight complete credentials that don't require the purchasing of commercial textbooks:

Did you know

ZTC saved students more than $2 million dollars during remote learning in 2020, and KPU continues to see growth in its ZTC initiative.