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The Day 1 Access program at Weatherford College is part of a national Inclusive Access model in which publishers and higher education institutions provide digital course materials to students at the lowest possible price on the first day of class. All students in a Day 1 Access class pay for and receive digital content, which lowers costs for everyone. Students are billed a Day 1 Access charge along with their usual tuition and course fees.

Benefits of Day 1 Access

  • Students get access to digital class materials the first day of class, avoiding hassles with access codes, shipping, stock, etc.
  • Students get required course materials at a significantly reduced rate.
  • Students pay for class materials the same way they pay for tuition and fees, which allows them to use scholarships and other financial aid to cover the costs.

Access Through Canvas

Students in a Day 1 Access class will access their required course material digitally via a link provided in their Canvas course. The link may be provided by VitalSource or may be a direct link to publisher content. Students who remain opted into the Day 1 Access program will have access to the course material for the duration of the semester.


Decide If You Should Opt Out

Participating in Day 1 Access for a course is not mandatory, and students may opt out of the program. Students who opt out will lose access to the course material and competitive pricing and will need to purchase the required course material on their own. If they drop the class or opt out before the opt-out deadline, the Day 1 Access charge will be credited to their student account prior to the first scheduled refund of the term. Students should consult with their professor before deciding to opt out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How will I know if my course is in the Day 1 Access program?

This will be indicated within the Weatherford College course catalog when you are selecting courses.  Searching the WC Bookstore website for the phrase “DAY1” will also find Day 1 Access Courses. It will be indicated in your course as well. Finally, you will receive an email from the WC Bookstore with information if you are enrolled in a Day 1 Access course.


Do I need to purchase anything from the bookstore or publisher's website?
It’s best to check the WC Bookstore website for all your courses. Some courses have textbooks that fall under Day 1 Access, but still require a printed workbook or lab manual be purchased separately. For Day 1 Access items, no action is needed on your part to participated. Everyone is enrolled by default.


Since I have access to the Day 1 Access digital course material on Canvas, is it free? Did someone pay for it?
It may appear to be free since all students registered in a Day 1 Access course will have full access to their course materials at the start of the semester. However, a Day 1 Access charge will be added to your student account after you register for the course. You do have the option to opt out if you wish.

How do I pay for my Day 1 Access course material charge?
Since the Day 1 Access charge is placed on your student account, you can pay the charge as you pay off all charges on your account.  


How much will I pay for my digital course material in the Day 1 Access program?
The price varies depending on the course material chosen by the instructor. However, the price of the digital material through Day 1 Access is lower than purchasing directly from the publisher. The price of the digital course material through Day 1 Access can be up to 70% cheaper than printed materials.

Can I opt out?
If you do not wish to participate in Day 1 Access, you have the option to opt out. The opt-out deadline varies by semester and will be communicated to you through the Day 1 Access welcome e-mail. The deadline can be as late as the eleventh day of class (in the case of full-semester Fall and Spring courses), but as early as the first day of class (in the case of May Mini and Winter Mini courses). If you opt out before the deadline, you will lose access to the digital course material and receive a refund for the Day 1 Access charge. You will need to obtain the course materials on your own. It is recommended that you consult with your professor before deciding to opt out.

How do I opt out?
Prior to the start of class, you will receive a Day 1 Access welcome email containing a link to the opt-out service. Once class has started, you can also opt out through Canvas. Alternatively, you can e-mail the bookstore at
[email protected]. Include your first and last name, your student ID number, and the course(s) you are opting out of. Once you have been opted-out, you will receive a confirmation email.


I opted-out but would like to opt back in. Would this be possible?
Through the opt-out deadline, you can opt back in using the same methods: the Canvas link, the welcome email link or by e-mailing the WC Bookstore.

I did not opt out, but I did not access any of the course material. Will I still be billed?
Yes. All students who are enrolled in a Day 1 Access course are considered part of the program. You will still be charged for the course material even if you do not access it because access is granted to all students on the first day of the semester. If you would like to have the charge refunded on your account, you must opt out before the deadline.

I forgot to opt out and missed the deadline. Can I still get a refund?
No. Because this program involves the coordination of various publishers and distribution networks, we must follow the policies that have been agreed to by all parties. Please contact the bookstore if you have any questions.


If I dropped the course, will I receive a refund for the Day 1 Access charge?
If you dropped the course before the opt-out deadline, you will receive a refund for the Day 1 Access charge. If you drop after the opt-out deadline, you will still be responsible for the charge.

Who should I contact if I am having trouble with the online course material?
Start by contacting VitalSouce: (available 24/7 via chat, email, phone, and text)

You may also contact the publishers directly:

If you’re unsure who your publisher is or are unable to resolve the issue with the publisher, please send an email [email protected] for further assistance.

I prefer having the physical book over a digital version. What options do I have?
Contact the WC Bookstore to find out if a printed copy of the course textbook is available to purchase or rent.  


I have further questions that were not addressed. Who do I contact?
If your question wasn’t answered in this FAQ list, please contact the WC Bookstore for more information.


Weatherford College Bookstore


[email protected]


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