Reminder: Instructional Materials Access

August 8, 2023

New flat rate fee and convenient access to textbooks beginning Fall 2023.

We are excited to share that Purdue University Northwest is implementing Instructional Materials Access, a powerful and convenient program designed to ensure every PNW student has affordable access to ALL required course materials they need to succeed on or before the first day of class each semester.

This charge will be a flat rate of $299 for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters, and $175 for summer 2024. This fee is eligible to be covered by financial aid. With this flat rate and convenient payment, you will have all your course materials available to you before the first day of the semester.

Learn More About the Program

Digital Course Materials

With Instructional Materials Access, many course materials will be delivered in digital format through Brightspace. If you are receiving digital course materials through Instructional Materials Access, they will be automatically available in Brightspace once the course officially opens.

Physical Course Materials

If you are receiving print materials, you will receive an email within the next few days from Follett confirming that your materials are ready for pickup. To collect your course materials, please bring your Student ID to the online order pickup area at the PNW Bookstore located on the first floor of the Student Union and Library Building (SUL) in Hammond or to the Welcome Center in DSAC 1114 in Westville.

If you drop the course on or before the last day of the DROP/ADD period for the term you must return the print materials. To return your materials, bring them to the PNW Bookstore in SULB on the Hammond campus or to the Welcome Center in DSAC 1114 on the Westville campus.

Option to Opt-Out of Instructional Materials Access

While PNW has chosen to include all courses in Instructional Materials Access and we believe the flat rate can save you money, you have the choice to opt-out of the program by the last date to drop a course with a refund. For Fall 2023, this date is Sept. 19, 2023.

Additional information on how to opt-out will be emailed to your student PNW email account by Follett, our partner in the Instructional Materials Access program, at the beginning of each semester. Once you opt-out your decision will be final for that semester, and you will be responsible for finding and purchasing all your required course materials on your own.

Please note that all students will be automatically enrolled in Instructional Materials Access each semester. If you determine you prefer to opt-out for that semester, you can take that action through Follett. If you feel you have opted out in error, please contact the Bursar’s Office at or (219) 989-2560.

PNW is pleased to offer this innovative, time-saving and cost-effective program to our students.  If you have any questions, please contact the PNW Bookstore at 219-844-1081 or