What is First Day?
First Day provides students with affordable digital textbooks and required course materials. If you register for a First Day course, you can conveniently access digital course materials on the first day of class through Canvas.
If you are a faculty member or advisor looking for more information about First Day, please be sure to visit our faculty/advisor information webpage.
How to sign up for First Day
First Day is only available for specific courses designated in Banner with the following notation:
This course is part of the First Day program. Required digital course materials are delivered in Canvas at the discounted rate of $__ billed to your student account. Please visit the First Day website to learn more about the program.
When you register for a First Day course, you will have access to the materials through Canvas when the instructor opens the course.
First Day program FAQs
Your instructor can provide instructions on how to access your course materials through Canvas. Barnes & Noble Charlotte Customer Care is available 24/7 to answer your questions about accessing course materials, using eTextbooks, or opting out or in to the First Day program.
Paying for First Day materials
A charge labeled “Course Materials - [Name of Course]” is automatically added to your tuition and fees when you register for a First Day course. The charge will be applied to your student account at the same time the charges for tuition and fees are added.
Payment is due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the University’s payment due date. Any outstanding balances from these charges may result in the cancellation of your course registration. UNC Charlotte provides several methods for paying your bill.
First Day prices vary depending upon the course materials. First Day allows publishers to offer the digital course materials at a bulk rate, providing substantial savings to students. The First Day notice included in the Banner description will list the total amount for the required course materials.
Yes, but you must have enough financial aid to cover all your other charges first and then have enough financial aid remaining to cover the digital course materials fees.You can apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA application. Financial aid is applied to student bills 10 days prior to the start of school.
Opting out of First Day
When your instructor opens the course in Canvas may opt out, but if you choose to do so, you must still purchase the required course materials and may not be able to engage with all of the e-learning platform tools required for your course, including quizzes, tests, learning modules, e-books and assignments.
For spring and fall semesters, you will need to opt out prior to the Census Date to receive a refund. Due to the shorter class schedule, summer sessions will operate on a different schedule.
Opt out deadlines
May 28, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m.
Census date: Sept. 3, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m.
Census date: TBD
You will receive an email from your instructor and Barnes & Noble Charlotte when your First Day course opens in Canvas reminding you of the opt of date so that you have enough time to opt out if you want to. If you are taking more than one First Day course, you must opt out of each individually.
Opting out FAQs
Step 1: Login to Canvas with your Niner Net credentials, and select your First Day course from the Dashboard.
Step 2: Select “Course Materials” from the navigational bar. Canvas will redirect you to your digital course materials.
Step 3: Click "Opt Out" at the top of the page.
Step 4: Check the "Opted Out" box and hit confirm.