- When an instructor elects to use digital course materials via the GVSU SAVE program, GVSU Laker Store will work directly with the publisher to negotiate the best price for the content.
- GVSU Laker Store will communicate set up instructions to the faculty and coordinate onboarding setup with publishers.
- Once GVSU sends out the first billing for a term, students who are registered for a GVSU SAVE course will be automatically billed to their student account for their material just like tuition, room & board, etc. Any student that wishes to opt-out within the allotted time, will receive a full refund.
- Students receive a Welcome Email explaining the program and how it works.
- Faculty will then email students once they have set up and enabled the material in Blackboard so students can access the course material for the semester. This is typically a week or two before classes start.
You will be sent a Welcome Email to your GVSU email account. Your professor may also be in touch with you regarding GVSU SAVE. Additionally, we have information both instore and on our website for each GVSU SAVE course (see below).
- Less expensive for students (2021-2022: students saved $900,000)
- Same quality publisher content
- More convenient access by using Blackboard
- Digital accessibility - students can access materials on multiple devices or offline.
- Streamlined ordering allows students to have access to information earlier
- Students obtain the correct materials for class
*Access to your course material will depend on when your instructor enables the material for the particular term. Typically, this will be one to two weeks prior to the first day of classes starting.
- April 5, 2022 – Charges begin to appear on student accounts
- April 8, 2022 – Welcome Emails are sent to the student’s GVSU email account
- May 20, 2022 – Last day to opt-out of GVSU SAVE for Spring 2022 term
- July 8, 2022 – Last day to opt-out of GVSU SAVE for Summer 2022 term
Any questions please email us at [email protected]
Q: Tell us about your experience with GVSU Save.
A: Since GVSU SAVE has been implemented at Grand Valley, I have found that accessing my textbooks has been so much easier! I love having all of my resources in the same place (on Blackboard).
Q: What are areas of improvement for GVSU SAVE?
A: I think that professors should be more informed about GVSU SAVE. This would be helpful so more courses can use the program and also for professors to be able to more effectively teach their students how to use it.
Q: Did GVSU SAVE make you feel more prepared for class?
A: I always thought that I was the type of student that preferred hard copy textbooks, but after discovering all the features through GVSU SAVE, I now prefer digital books! Overall, I think the program has greatly benefited my student performance and made me feel more prepared for class.
Q: Would you recommend GVSU SAVE to a friend?
A: I would definitely recommend GVSU SAVE to a friend!
Q: Do you have any questions we can answer about the program?
A: Not at this time. I think the program is pretty straightforward.
- In the welcome email there is a link to access your list on Vital Source. Any courses participating in GVSU Save will have an option here to opt out (assuming it’s before the opt out deadline for that semester).
- In your Blackboard course your instructor will setup a GVSU Save link on the navigation menu on the left. From here click on the Course Materials link to access the opt out option on the Vital Source page.
- From the GVSU Choose (textbook selection page) instead of seeing an option to purchase books for a GVSU Save class you will find a button to “Manage Access.” Clicking this button will allow you to enter your G# to generate an email to your GVSU email address. When you receive the email, click the link inside to access the opt out option.
- If you experience any difficulty using any of the previous steps, please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we can assist you with manually opting you out.
If I opt-out when will I be refunded?
Refunds usually appear on your student account within 48 hours.
If I drop a GVSU Save course, will I be refunded for my course materials?
Yes, you will be refunded as long as you drop by the opt-out deadline. See the Important Dates section for the specific date.
How do I access my materials?
GVSU Save course materials are digitally delivered to you through your Blackboard course(s). There are two types of content: eBooks and Courseware.
eBooks can be accessed by clicking on the GVSU Save link that your instructor has set up in the left navigation, and then clicking the GVSU Save Course Materials link on that page.
Courseware it a little different and often has multiple links directly into different parts of the online resources. For courseware products please check with your instructor to see where in your blackboard course the links have been placed.
When will I have access to my materials?
As soon as your professor opens your Blackboard course AND has placed the appropriate link you will be able to access the course materials.
When am I charged for GVSU Save?
Charges for GVSU Save appear on your student account on first billing day of the semester (approximately a month before the start of the semester) or when you enroll in a GVSU Class if you enroll after the first billing day. Because the charge is on your student account due date for payment follow GVSU schedule.
What is the charge for GVSU Save?
The cost will vary depending on what materials your professor has selected for your course. Your Welcome Email will have prices broken out for each of your GVSU Save courses.
What if I want a hard copy of the materials?
Hard copies for some materials may be available on a special order basis. Not all courses will have a hard copy option.
There will be an additional charge for these items and the price will vary depending on the course.
If you are interested in a hard copy please contact us at [email protected] for pricing and availability.
If you are experiencing issues getting your course materials to launch please try the following steps:
- Clear your cache, cookies, and history. (click here for instructions on how to do so)
- If you're not already using it, try using Chrome as your web browser.
- Check your clock on your computer to make sure your time and time zone are correct.
- Make sure you are trying to access your material through your Blackboard page of your course.