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Tiger Family,

Beginning Spring 2023, UofM’s Tigers SmartStart program will provide undergraduate students access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes and electronic book versions in a convenient bundle before the first day of class. 

Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble College (BNC) and their First Day® Complete Program, Tigers SmartStart allows undergraduate students to receive required course materials for all classes at a rate of $24 per credit hour, regardless of how much each textbook or digital access would cost to rent or purchase separately. This program will save students, on average 30%-55% on the cost of course materials during their undergraduate career! 

The charge will be applied to the student’s account at the time of registration. The UofM bookstore provides each student with a convenient package for physical books, and digital materials and access codes are automatically populated to students’ courses in Canvas.

While this program is expected to ease the process of obtaining required course material and lower overall costs, students have the option to opt-out of this program on a semesterly basis should they determine it to be in their best interest to do so. 

Tigers SmartStart is a part of UofM’s commitment to access and affordability for all students. Similar programs across the country have shown improvements in student success and retention by ensuring students have the resources needed to thrive academically.

To find out more about Tigers SmartStart visit  to find answers to frequently asked questions or email
For more information about BNC’s First Day Complete, visit

Raaj Kurapati

The University of Memphis | Division of Business & Finance
Memphis, TN 38152 | 901.678.3351


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