Dear Waldorf online students,
As you know, one of the many benefits of taking online courses with Waldorf is that textbooks are provided at no cost to students. Studies have shown that at many universities, the average cost of textbooks and supplies can run upwards of $1,200 per year. By providing the textbooks at no cost, we feel that we provide the opportunity for our students to significantly reduce the overall cost of obtaining a college degree.
Of course, that being said, one of the largest expenses Waldorf incurs every year is the cost of textbooks. In an effort to keep tuition rates low and help mitigate this ever increasing cost, Waldorf will begin to phase in a couple of initiatives aimed at reducing textbook cost and, in many cases, improving the overall student experience. This will be done all while continuing to provide books at no cost.
Starting with course enrollments received on or after November 1, 2014, several of our courses will utilize the Loan-a-Book program instead of the Book Grant program. You may have heard about the increasing popularity of book rental programs across the country used by students at many universities as a way to reduce book expenses. Our program is essentially the same except we will be “renting” the texts at no cost to the students. Students will still receive an actual hard-copy textbook for each course. Some of the courses that will use the loan-a-book program include HUM 1010 Introduction to Waldorf Online, HUM 1020 Critical Thinking, REL 2350 Philosophies of World Religion, WEL 1010 Concepts of Wellness, ENG 1010 English Composition I (with the exception of the Little Brown Compact Handbook), ENG 1020 English Composition II, REL 4035 Life, Meaning, and Vocation, BUS 3602 Principles of Management, and MTH 2023 Elementary Statistics.
The only difference is that students will be required to return the textbook once the course has been completed. After enrollment in one of these courses, students will be provided detailed textbook return instructions along with a return label via e-mail. Students who fail to return a textbook in satisfactory condition will have a charge posted to their account for the price of the textbook plus $12 for shipping and handling per course. Students must return the textbook postmarked within 30 days of the grade posting to have the charge reversed. Charges for unreturned textbooks will be based on the retail price listed at the Waldorf College website or 70% of the retail price if the textbook issued was used. Students will be informed prior to finalizing their enrollment if they have selected a course that is in the Loan-a-Book program.
Students who drop, withdraw, are institutionally withdrawn, or for any reason do not successfully complete a course must complete the Textbook Return Form found on the myWaldorf Student Portal and enclose this form with the returned textbook.
Utilizing this program will allow Waldorf College to control costs, continue to provide textbooks at no cost to students, and keep tuition rates low. The Loan-a-Book program will be implemented with a small group of courses at first and then phased in over time.
As indicated above, you will be aware of general education courses using the Loan-A-Book program. We will implement this program slowly and monitor how it works for you and the college.