New for Fall 2021: OnCourse provides books and educational materials as part of tuition

Fall 2021

New in the 2021-22 academic year, Bellarmine University has taken steps to ensure that all undergraduate and graduate students will receive all required books and other educational materials at a reduced cost as part of their tuition.

Bellarmine’s OnCourse initiative, offered in partnership with Follett Higher Education Group, ensures that all students have the materials they need on the first day of classes at a reduced cost. As always, your professor thoughtfully selects the materials you’ll need for each course.

There are several benefits to this approach:

Achievement (Outcomes)

  • Access to all books and course materials increases the likelihood of academic success.
  • Institutions participating in this Follett program have reported increased GPAs for traditional and non-traditional students.
  • Additionally, the number of students withdrawing from courses decreased after one year of implementing the program.


  • This initiative allows the vendor to buy in bulk; as a consequence, students will save money.
  • Follett projects that OnCourse prices per credit hour will be lower than current prices.
  • At the same time, students will now be able to use financial aid to pay up front for the direct cost of books and course materials.
  • Undergraduate students will see OnCourse reflected as part of their tuition beginning in Fall 2021.
  • All students will receive OnCourse materials at a cost of $25 per credit hour, included as part of their tuition charge.


  • Bellarmine OnCourse ensures that all students will have all their course materials, whether in print or digitally, on the first day of classes.




How do I purchase and receive my materials through OnCourse? Is it optional?

You do not need to do anything. Your books and other educational materials, as selected by your professor, will be available on or before the first day of classes beginning in Fall 2021. Digital materials will be accessible through an online portal, while printed materials and other physical assets can be easily picked up at the Campus Store.

Consistent with our Strategic Plan, we are implementing the OnCourse Initiative, as we firmly believe it advances achievement, affordability and access for our students. The initiative ensures that all students have the materials they need on the first day of classes at a reduced cost, and it allows students the choice to use financial aid to pay up front for the direct cost of books and course materials. For these reasons, it will be applied to every student’s tuition. 


Do I need special software to use my digital materials?

The books are accessible on laptops, desktops, mobile devices and tablets as a PDF or ePub, a standard digital format in the publishing industry.


What if I don't have a device to access these materials?

Bellarmine has computer labs available for shared access throughout campus.


Can I choose if I want my course materials to be printed or digital?

Because OnCourse automatically gives you the most affordable option for each item, students will not have the option to pick the format of their course materials at this time. Overall, roughly half of materials provided through OnCourse will be printed.


What if I add or drop a course?
If you drop a course, return printed materials to the Campus Store. If you add a new course after you have already picked up your materials for the semester, contact the Campus Store to arrange pick up of additional course materials.


What do I do after finals?

All rented books must be returned to the Campus Store when the term ends.


Am I renting these materials, or will I own them at the conclusion of the semester?

Most course materials will be rented, depending on the course material required by your professor. Once your order has been fulfilled by the Campus Store, you will receive an email with your order details. Your order details will let you know if any of your course materials are rented. Please return any rented materials at the conclusion of the rental period to the Campus Store by the date indicated in your email.


What if I want to buy my books instead of returning them at the end of the semester?

After the term is complete, rented textbooks must be returned to the Campus Store. However, you can choose to keep the book by paying an additional fee at the Campus Store checkout.


Can I share these materials with others?

All OnCourse materials included in this initiative are protected under copyright law. Your OnCourse access gives you a single license to use the materials, unless otherwise stated by the publisher.

Are online learning platforms and e-codes included?

If required by your instructor, any access codes or online learning platforms will be included.


Am I paying an extra fee per credit hour for OnCourse?

For traditional, full-time undergraduate students, the cost of OnCourse is already included in the cost of tuition and is not an additional $25 per credit hour fee. A $25 per credit hour increase will be applied to tuition for any part-time undergraduate student, adult studies student, part- or full-time graduate or second-degree student.


What if I have questions about OnCourse?

  • If current students have any questions about their financial aid package—or if they are experiencing unforeseen financial hardships caused by COVID-19—they should contact the Office of Financial Aid at 502-272-7300 or finaid@bellarmine.edu.
  • Students who want to ensure that OnCourse complies with specific accommodations they require should contact the Office of Disability Services at 502-272-8490.
  • Incoming undergraduate students and families should email admissions@bellarmine.edu or call 502-272-8000.
  • Incoming graduate or second degree students should email gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu or call 502.272.7200.

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Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.