Get all of your course materials with
Patriots Backpack gives you access to all of your course materials, no need to shop around!
- Receive all your course materials before the first day of class
- Save 35-50% on course materials costs each semester
- Benefit from a highly personalized concierge service
HOW IT WORKS
Register for Classes
Upon registering for courses, you will be automatically enrolled into the program. Once you’ve successfully selected your courses, the bookstore will start preparing your order.
Verify Your Order
Starting 30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an email in your WCCS student email account to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference.
Receive Your Textbooks
An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships. Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within your school's Canvas.
Sign in to verify your order
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Patriots Backpack?
Patriots Backpack is a course material model that lowers the cost of materials for students and ensures access to all required course materials on or before the first day of class. Through the new program, physical books will be conveniently packaged and provided to students on a rental basis, and digital materials will be delivered directly within Canvas. Costs will be applied as a course charge of $24 per credit hour to the student account. At the end of the term, students will receive email reminders to return their physical course materials to the bookstore.
How does it work?
- Register for your classes and the bookstore will start preparing your course materials
- One month before classes start, you will receive an email instructing you to select your delivery preference (in-store pickup or shipped directly to you)
- An email notification will be sent when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships
- Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) within the LMS
- To see a video on "The Student Experience" click here.
Who is eligible for the program?
All students enrolled in a course at Wallace Community College are eligible to participate inPatriots Backpack.
How do I enroll in the program?
All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in Patriots Backpack.
Can I opt-out of the program?
While it is not recommended, students have the option to opt-out of this program and purchase their materials independently. You may begin the opt-out process here. The window to opt-out of the program each semester begins 14 days prior to the first day of class and ends on the last drop/add day of class. Opting out means you will not receive access to your required course materials in a convenient package at the discounted rate. Access to digital materials within Canvas will be removed for students who opt-out.
How do I change my opt-out status?
To change your status and opt into Patriots Backpack, please follow the link in your opt-out confirmation email. Please note you must make your final selection by the last drop/add date of class.
What happens if I never verify my order?
Students will receive emails and phone calls from the bookstore to remind them to verify their order. If the student does not opt-out, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.
What if I drop a class?
If you have received your course materials prior to dropping a class, please return the materials for your dropped class to the bookstore within 48 hours. If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will "swap" the required textbooks/codes so that you have what you need.
How much does this program cost?
The cost for Patriots Backpack is $24 per credit hour for each course you are taking. This will be billed to your student account.
Can I buy my rented textbook?
Yes, the program provides you with the option to purchase textbooks at a reduced rate during the return period.
What is included in the program?
The program provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and digital textbook versions to eligible students.
What is excluded from the program?
The program does not include consumables that cannot be returned and reused such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular model kits, engineering kits or nursing kits.
How do I purchase my course materials if I decide to opt-out of the program?
Students will be responsible for purchasing their required course materials through the bookstore. Visit the bookstore online at Campus Bookstore.
When are my textbook rentals due back to the bookstore?
The deadline to return all rental textbooks is the last day of finals. Students will receive email reminders about the rental deadline to their email address.
Do I need to return books if they are for a continuation course?
Yes, you will still be required to return continuation course textbooks. You will be issued the same title for the next semester of the continuation course.
If I never pick up my books, will I still get charged?
Yes, if the student does not opt-out, their materials will be held at the bookstore and their student account will be charged.
Can I opt-out if I picked up my textbooks?
Yes, you will have 48 hours to return your textbooks. If you do not return the textbooks, charges for Patriots Backpack will remain on your student account.
What if my course has a digital component?
If your Wallace Community College course includes required digital components, they will be provided as part of Patriots Backpack. Many digital products will be available directly from within your course(s) in Canvas.