Books Included in Tuition

Thanks to a partnership with Slingshot, textbook rentals for students are included in Trevecca's tuition for traditional undergraduate students on the main campus. Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, workbooks and consumables will also be included in the student's order at no additional cost. If students do not want to keep the consumables, they can return them to the Campus Bookstore for a full refund within the first seven days of the semester.

Textbooks for traditional undergraduate students are included in the cost of tuition. Federal regulation does allow for students to opt out of the free textbook rental program if students wish to purchase textbooks on their own. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for more details.


  • In a survey of more than 2,000 college students in 33 states and 156 different campuses, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found the average student spends as much as $1,200 each year on textbooks and supplies alone.
  • The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a progressive research and advocacy organization, found in a survey that 65 percent of college students had at some point decided against buying a college textbook due to its high price. Of that group, nearly all —94 percent—had concerns that their decision not to buy the book would affect their grades.
  • The survey also showed that almost half of respondents —48 percent —said they factored in textbook costs when deciding how many or which classes to take.


Will these books be new?
Some textbooks will be new: others will be gently used. Books must be in good shape and a recent edition to be used as free textbook rentals.

Are “textbooks” the required books? What about other required materials, like access codes, or workbooks? Are those covered?
All required textbooks, workbooks, and access codes are included with no additional cost to the student.

Do I get to keep textbooks, or do I have to give them back at the end of the semester?
In order to provide textbooks at no charge, the textbooks will be used again for future students.Textbooks will need to be returned at the end of each class. If you wish to keep a textbook, you can make arrangements with Slingshot to purchase them. Any books not returned after the rental due date will be charged to the student’s account. 

Am I allowed to highlight/mark in the textbooks?
Yes. Highlighting and notes are acceptable.

What happens if I lose a textbook?
Treat these textbooks as if you’re renting them. If you lose a textbook, you are responsible for the cost to replace it.

How will traditional main campus students receive their books?
Books for on-campus, traditional students will be packaged, delivered and available for pickup at each student's respective residence hall.

What if a student drops or adds a class in the first weeks of the semester?
Students who change classes will need to bring the corresponding books to the bookstore and new books will be ordered for the new course.

Are textbooks included in tuition for everyone, or just those who live on campus?
Textbooks are included in tuition for all students enrolled at Trevecca’s main campus. This includes commuters to the main campus who are traditional undergraduates.

As a commuter, how do I receive my books?
Commuter students may pick up their books in Waggoner Library at the mailroom window.