Though the high cost of textbooks and course materials has prompted many faculty to move to free online resources, a majority students who wish to unlock course-specific required online learning resources are still faced with costly access code fees.

Access codes are serial numbers that allow students to unlock online learning software. These platforms often contain digital books, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and more. The access code, once registered, becomes null and may not be used by a different student in a different course or semester.

Access Denied, a new report from the Student PIRGs, investigates the growth...

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