WICHITA, Kan. –  Monday, April 8, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) announced its offer of free textbooks for students taking general education courses this summer.

Having to purchase textbooks each semester creates a financial burden for many students. These required books often cost more than $100 each and hold little value for resale.

WATC wants to show appreciation for their hard-working students that are enrolled to take classes this summer. While students will be responsible for purchasing additional required materials, the textbooks for more than thirty general education courses will be leased to the student at no cost.

Courses eligible for free textbooks include: Principles of Macroeconomics, Anatomy and Physiology, Spanish I, Physical Science and more. For a complete list, see watc.edu/freebooks.

Students attending four-year universities and other colleges are encouraged to take the gen ed courses they need; like Biology or Psychology, at WATC this summer to save on textbook and tuition costs.

Like a community college, WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and credits earned are easily transferred to schools like WSU, KU and K-State. Individuals are advised to check with their receiving institution about course equivalency before enrolling at WATC.

This is also a great opportunity for anyone lacking Public Speaking, Composition I, College Algebra or other gen eds for the completion of an associate degree.

Courses at WATC are convenient and affordable. Many courses are offered online or face-to-face in small classroom settings. General education courses are inexpensive at $92 per credit hour, and many will have no textbook cost this summer. Some like Lifetime Fitness and Math Fundamentals do not have a textbook.

For anyone wanting to take this opportunity to pursue a new degree, WATC offers programs in Aviation, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Business, Design and Criminal Justice. The fastest growing college in Kansas and the only two-year school in Sedgwick County, WATC has a 97% placement success rate.

There is no limit on the number of credit hours in which a student can enroll this summer to receive the free book incentive. To take advantage of this offer, new students can apply online.