April 14-16, 2019


    Textbooks must be available at costs students can bear and that
    sustain the necessary authorship, production, and distribution functions


    Students at all levels of ability, financial means, or other special
    needs must be able to acquire and use the necessary course content


    Course materials must help support teaching and self-study that
    leads to student learning and completion

Registration Now Open | Save the Dates: April 14-16, 2019

Ignite the Fires of Collaboration at TAC 2019!

The 2019 Textbook Affordability Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota, April 14-16.

Creating new avenues to affordable textbooks and other course materials is critical to the success of today’s students and future generations who wish to complete their educational goals.

TAC's mission is to: Nurture the dialogue and a collaborative approach to creating a course content model which campuses and partners can implement to create more affordable, accessible, and effective options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student learning, retention, and completion.

Download and share what the latest Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials, 2017-18 Report has revealed.

Program Panel Sessions and Resources

In its fourth year, TAC 2019 is designed to engage teams of campus leaders in an intentional learning pathway—for professionals from the library, campus store, IT, faculty and instructional design, and campus administrative leadership. SGA and other student leaders are also key members of campus teams for institutions at which the SGA is engaged on the topic of course materials affordability.

Groups of THREE or more from the same institution will receive a discount on the conference registration rate. Not attending in a team? Don’t worry; we’ll put you on a team onsite!

Conference speakers, discussion leads, vendor partners, and all learning events will nurture the dialogue and collaboration needed to develop models that campuses and partners can implement to create more Affordable, Accessible, and Effective course content options for students—in print or digital formats, using both open and commercial content—that support student Learning, Retention, and Completion.

Download the Textbook Affordability Conference Flier (PDF) to share with campus stakeholders

2019 TAC Program Schedule*

All conference events will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus. 

2:30-4:30 p.m. Kick-off Session: Start with Why. Preview of How. Getting Started!
4:30-5:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
6:00-7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. “Team Time”—Collaborative Working Session
9:30-10:15 a.m. Session
10:30-11:15 a.m. Break-out
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session
12:15-1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. Keynote Panel
2:30-3:15 p.m. Session
3:30-4:15 p.m. Break-out
4:30-5:15 p.m. “Team Time”—Synthesis Session
5:30-6:30 p.m. Synergy Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own (or your team)
8:30-10:00 a.m. Collaboration & Coffee—Exploring Business Partner Solutions
10:15-10:45 a.m. Session
10:45-11:30 p.m. Closing Synthesis and Strategy

*Subject to change

Registration is Now Open.

Three or more
professionals from the
same educational institution


Professionals from
an educational institution
or government entities


Business Partner/
Supplier Company Attendees


Business Partners/Vendors

Sponsorships are still available!



- All registration types include all receptions, meals, and sessions.
Travel and Lodging

We are expecting 200+ agents of change from across higher education to join us in this important conversation. Getting to the University of Minnesota is easy! Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is only about 30 minutes from the University of Minnesota.

Need a ride? Directions to campus and transportation options information is available. Metro Transit Light Rail is the most economic way to the university. Non-overnight guests may park in the Washington Avenue Ramp that is connected to the hotel. Daily maximum rate is $12.00.

All conference events will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus - only an eight minute walk from The Graduate. 


Conference lodging

Graduate Minneapolis
Located on the University of Minnesota campus at 615 Washington Ave, SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Book your hotel room online at https://www.graduatehotels.com/minneapolis/or by
phone (612) 379-8888 under the room block Textbook Affordability Conference.

Room block cut-off date:  Thursday, March 21, 2019. Rate: Single/Double occupancy: $149/night | Triple occupancy: $169/night | Quad occupancy: $189/night. Plus applicable taxes and fees.  Check-in time: 3:00 p.m. and Check-out time: 12:00 p.m. Please note the conference schedule and plan accordingly. 

2019 Textbook Affordability Conference Grants

The 2019 Textbook Affordability Conference grant application opens on December 3

Make your attendance to the 2019 Textbook Affordability Conference possible with financial assistance from the NACS Foundation.

A limited number of $500 stipends will be awarded to eligible NACS member stores and educational institutions helping to cover the cost for attending this important conference. The stipends can be used to cover any cost associated with attending the TAC conference.

The grant application will open on December 3, 2018 and have a submission deadline of February 15, 2019.

This grant opportunity is considered a course materials conference and will not affect a store's eligibility for future conference grants, such as CAMEX, within a 24 month period. Applicants are required to meet the criterion as outlined in the NACS Foundation's conference grant guidelines.

For additional information regarding grants available through the NACS Foundation, contact nacsfoundation@nacs.org.

2019 TAC Partners

Platinum Partners


Gold Partners


Silver Partners