ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost)

What is ZTC?


ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) classes are offered with FREE TEXTBOOKS FOR STUDENTS. Students taking ZTC classes may average savings between $1,400 and $1,700 per year.

ZTC classes may use the following resources:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER): openly available to the public
  • Lending Library Textbooks: available for check-out at the campus library and/or bookstore for the semester
  • Faculty-Created Content: provided in class
  • Online Course Content: accessed through the college library, websites, or publisher databases

Ventura College faculty have adopted and created hundreds of ZTC course materials to provide high-quality educational materials to you at no cost online and with low-cost print options.


How do I find ZTC classes?



  1. Visit the class schedule
  2. Click on “Search—All Classes” and select “Advanced Search”
  3. Select  Zero Textbook Cost classes for sections filter and any other desired search options
  4. Register for the courses on the MyVCCCD portal.


Where is my online textbook?


Due to the custom nature of ZTC resources and the many ways to integrate content into a course, your ZTC textbook may be provided as a PDF, on a website, or embedded into the course within Canvas. Check with the instructor of the course for more information.


What if I want a print version?


  • Order a low-cost print copy at a campus bookstore.
  • Check for print reserve copies at your campus library.
  • Check with your instructor for other options.


Textbooks are FREE in Spring 2024

For English, Math and many of your important classes.

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See our list of classes to find our Zero Textbook Cost courses which are identified by the logo above.



  • ENGL V01A - English Composition
  • ENGM V02 & V03 - English for Multilingual Students
  • ESL Classes (All)


  • MATH V04 - College Algebra (online textbook CODE)
  • MATH V04J - Just-in-Time Support for College Algebra
  • MATH V38 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH V40 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts
  • MATH V40J - Just-in-Time Support for Mathematics for Liberal Arts
  • MATH V44 - Elementary Statistics (online textbook CODE)
  • MATH V44J - Just-in-Time Support for Elementary Statistics


  • PSY V04 - Introductory Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Communication Studies

  • COMM V01 - Intro to Speech Communications
  • COMM V10 - Critical Thinking in Oral Communication
  • COMM V15 - Interpersonal Communication

American Ethnic Studies

  • AES V20/CHST V01 - Intro to Chicano Studies
  • AES V23/CHST V02 - Chicano Studies Issues
  • AES V03/CHST V03 - Chicana Contemporary Issues


  • V01 - Biological Anthropology
  • V01L - Biological Anthropology (Lab)

Steps to obtain your FREE loaner textbooks:

Register for your class!

Register for your class. If you aren’t already a student, please Apply/Enroll before registering.

Get Your Textbook or Access Code

Go to the library to get your ZTC course textbook or go to the bookstore to get your math access code.