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Z-Classes and Z-Degrees

Austin Community College is working to lower costs for students. Many core courses have sections that are taught with openly-licensed high quality textbooks (known as Open Educational Resources) or other freely-available course materials that are accessible electronically on the first day of class. These textbooks and course materials do not cost students any money. These zero-cost textbook sections are known as Z-classes.

In addition to Z-classes, ACC offers two Z-Degrees: the Associate of Arts in General Studies and the Associate of Science in General Studies. A Z-Degree is a degree that a student can complete entirely with Z-classes. Please note: Not every core curriculum course offers Z-classes. Not every campus offers Z-classes. Consult with an advisor to map your Z-Degree pathway in General Studies.

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