Access Athens

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How does this program work and what do I have to do to participate?

Every student enrolled in a course participating in Access Athens will have immediate access to the electronic textbook materials beginning at 8:00 am on the first day of the semester.  You do not have to do anything if you want to continue to use those materials for the entire semester.

How long do I have to decide if I want to opt-out of this program?

Students have until midnight on the last day of the Late Registration/Drop & Add period to opt-out of the program. You can check this date by viewing  Important Dates.  The charge will appear on your Athens State student account as “Access Athens”.

How do I opt-out?

If you would like to opt-out of the program please email by the last day of the Late Registration/ Drop & Add period. The charges will be removed from your student account and you will be responsible for finding your textbook materials.  The email must come from your Athens State student email account and must include your student identification number.

I’m on financial aid. Can I use my aid for these charges?

If you are on a scholarship or a PELL Grant that charges the Bookstore, the Bookstore will charge your student account. You do not need to take any action.

When will I be able to view the digital course materials?

All course materials will be available at 8:00 am on the official first day of the semester. Please visit Important Dates for dates each semester.

How do I request a printed (loose-leaf) copy of my textbook?

If you are interested in a print copy in addition to the digital book, please contact the Athens State University Bookstore. They can special order low-cost print versions.

How will I know how much the Access Athens textbook charge is?

A comprehensive list of courses participating in the Access Athens textbook project can be viewed here.

When is that payment due?

You can pay for the textbook charges when you pay your tuition.

Where can I find out what textbook materials I need for a specific class?

Textbook information can be located by visiting the University Bookstore’s website and clicking on the “Textbook” link.

How do I know which courses are participating in the Access Athens project?

A list of courses by semester is provided on the Access Athens website. Courses for the upcoming semester can be viewed here.

How do I access my textbook materials in my Blackboard course?

You can find specific instructions by visiting the Athens State Help Desk.