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Digital program at Georgia Southern saved students more than $1.7M in textbook costs in 2022-23 school year

From August 2022 to May 2023, Georgia Southern University’s Day1Access program helped students save more than $1.7 million by providing digital course materials, in lieu of traditional textbooks, at a reduced cost. In total, students have saved more than $4.2 million in required course materials costs since the program’s inception in 2019.

“The cost of higher education is a major concern for all students and their families, and this is just one way Georgia Southern is trying to lower the financial burden for them,” said Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Carl Reiber, Ph.D. “Day1Access is beneficial not only for the cost savings for students but is also a way for students to gain access to educational materials, no matter where they’re studying.”

The University Store partners with Willo Labs to provide the digital course materials. Once purchased, the materials are available through Folio via students’ accounts.

“University Store’s focus is always on providing students with guaranteed service and ensuring they have what they need to be successful at Georgia Southern,” said Derick Robertson, director of Georgia Southern’s Retail Services. “Our Day1Access program is growing with over 418 courses using the program and over 17,800 students participating in spring 2023. As our Day1Access program grows, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Willo Labs and ensuring equitable access to course material for all students becomes a campus standard.”

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