WebAssign subscription fees are incurred only when students start working on assignments. There is no charge for instructors. While we strive to keep our fees affordable, sometimes a cost for a new service presents a challenge. This page describes strategies for covering costs that have been used successfully by other WebAssign instructors.
We hope you find these suggestions useful. If you would like to share other ideas about how to cover the costs of WebAssign, please contact us.
Most college and university students are accustomed to paying for textbooks, and WebAssign subscription fees are often viewed as part of that purchase. Students can purchase access online directly from WebAssign using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card, or with a check and a valid PayPal account.
Suggestions for integrating WebAssign into a bookstore purchase include:
- Asking your textbook representative to bundle WebAssign Access Code Cards with new textbooks. The additional cost is often small.
- Asking your bookstore to stock WebAssign Access Code Cards separately. You will need to tell the bookstore what textbook you plan to use, as the access codes are not universal.
In some cases your institution's administration might agree to cover the cost of WebAssign. This method is quick and easy if the instructor chooses the "Bill Institution" option when creating a class in WebAssign. Possible sources of support include:
- Asking your department head/chair to cover student fees. Some departments have resources to support teaching needs.
- Asking your institution's central administration (dean, provost, etc.) to support WebAssign and make it an important part of your institution's resources.
Most high schools cover the costs of textbooks and other instructional materials for their students. This method is quick and easy when using the Bill Institution option. Suggestions for finding funds include:
- Asking your department head/chair to cover student fees. Often they have resources to support teaching needs.
- Asking your institution's central administration (principal, superintendent, etc.) to support WebAssign and make it an important part of your institution's resources.
- If you have a technology coordinator who supplies your institution with computers and Internet support, ask if funds are available to support online instructional tools such as WebAssign. Coordinators are often eager to work with instructors who want to integrate computer-based learning into their classrooms.
- Ask your PTA (parent-teacher association) to use their resources to improve student learning by supporting WebAssign.
At some schools, it may be appropriate to ask students to pay their own fees by purchasing WebAssign Access Code Cards through your school bookstore or online within WebAssign.