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PPCC is providing free textbooks for students this academic year

Colorado Springs–July 19, 2021–A new partnership with Pikes Peak Community College and Slingshot will make free required textbooks available for all degree and certificate seeking PPCC students.

"Think about it," said PPCC President Lance Bolton. "We are systematically taking away every barrier to education. We have ten times more financial aid than ever before, we have more advisors, tutors and success coaches to help students succeed, and now we have free textbooks, so students can actually be ready to hit the ground running when classes start. This is huge."

The pandemic has worsened the problem of educational access, particularly among the most vulnerable students. A national survey published by Student Public Interest Research Groups reported 65 percent of college students did not even buy textbooks for classes because of economic hardships exacerbated by the pandemic.

PPCC students will save an average $1,000 on textbooks and have their required materials available on the first day of classes. Beyond removing financial barriers, having the required textbook available on the first day engages students in class earlier, reduces stress, and improves academic performance.

"Partnering with Pikes Peak Community College to offer free course materials to their students aligns with our commitment of removing barriers to learning. Having the right materials before the first day of class at no additional cost will positively impact students,” said Josh Peters, president of Slingshot.

The free textbook program will be valid for the 2021/22 school year.

This offer does not extend to concurrent high school students, most of whom get free textbooks paid by their school districts.