First Day® Complete Program

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Get all of your course materials with Barnes & Noble College's First Day® Complete!


Our First Day® Complete program 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.
  • Potentially save 35–50% on the cost of course materials each term.
  • Benefit from a highly personalized concierge service.

How it Works

Register for
Classes

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

Verify Your Order


30 days before the first day of classes, you will receive an email (via your Chawk email) to verify your order and select your fulfillment preference. If you register within 30 days of class start dates, you will still receive the verification email within 48 hours.

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) via a printed instruction sheet contained within your course material packet that can be picked-up at the bookstore or shipped directly to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the First Day® Complete program?

First Day® Complete is a course material model that may lower the cost of materials for students and ensures students have access to all of their required course materials on or before the first day of class. Through this new program, physical books will be conveniently packaged and provided to students on a rental basis, and digital materials will be delivered via a printed instruction sheet contained within your course material packet that can be picked-up at the bookstore or shipped directly to you. Costs will be included as a "First Day Complete" fee. At the end of the term, students will receive email reminders to return their physical course materials to the bookstore. This program will begin with the Fall 2023 semester.

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). If you register within 30 days of class start dates, you will still receive the verification email within 48 hours. Once you receive the email, you may view your course materials page and confirm your fulfillment preference.
  • An email notification will be sent to your Chawk email when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships.
  • Your digital materials will be delivered for your course(s) via a printed instruction sheet contained within your course material packet that can be picked-up at the bookstore or shipped directly to you.

How do I enroll in the program?

All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the First Day® Complete Program.

Can I opt-out of the program?

Students have the option to opt-out of this program. An opt-out button will be provided here 30 days prior to the start of each semester. Dates are available on the academic calendar. Opting out means you will not receive access to your required course materials in a convenient package at a discounted rate.

Opt-Out of First Day® Complete

After opting out, you will receive emails from Barnes and Noble College with the option to opt back in. If you determine you want to opt back into the program, you will need to follow the link in these emails. Please note you must make your final selection within two business days after the add/drop period. These dates can be found on the Registration page on MyCecil.

For more detailed information regarding the cost of textbooks for courses, visit our Course Textbook List to view your courses and textbook options/costs.

How do I change my opt-out status?

After opting out, you will receive emails from Barnes and Noble College with the option to opt back in. If you determine you want to opt back into the program, you will need to follow the link in these emails.

Please note you must make your final selection within two business days after the add/drop period. These dates can be found on the Registration page on MyCecil. An opt-out button will be provided here 30 days prior to the start of each semester. Dates are available on the academic calendar.

Opt-Out of First Day® Complete

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.

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, art supplies, etc. To inquire about excluded materials for specific courses or labs, please contact your bookstore team at (410) 287-5436 or bookstore@nullcecil.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What if I drop a class?

You may return the book to the bookstore on the same terms and timelines currently in place. 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.

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, the charges for the bundle will go back onto your student account.

Questions?

For more information about the program, contact your bookstore team at (410) 287-5436 or bookstore@nullcecil.edu.