Pricing & Payment Options
We work with institutions to consider payment options that best support their goals for access, affordability, and student success using sustainable OER course materials. We offer multiple options to fit easily into existing administrative and funding processes. They include:
Per Student Course Support Fee
Lumen invoices the institution after the add/drop deadline each term, based on the number of students enrolled in sections using Lumen-supported materials. Institutions using this option often add a course materials fee to recoup the cost. Standard pricing is:
Students may pay OER course support fees directly to Lumen using a credit card. This option applies to Lumen OHM and Waymaker courses only.
Institutions may opt to add a surcharge to help support teaching and learning innovation and faculty professional development; Lumen returns the surcharge back to the institution.
Lumen collaborates with Follett, the powerhouse in college bookstore management. This partnership makes it easier for faculty members to discover, review, and adopt Lumen’s OER courses. It also gives institutions more and easier options for how to work with Lumen and pay our low-cost OER course support fees.
Lumen Learning’s OER courseware is readily available to more than 1,200 colleges and universities where Follett manages course materials delivery. Follett has committed to zero markup on Lumen OER course support fees paid for through Follett bookstores.
Lumen’s low-cost OER course materials offer significant cost savings to students compared to traditional textbooks, along with automatic day-one access to course content. Lumen’s standard support fee pricing applies: $25 per student using Waymaker or OHM course materials. And no bookstore markup.
View the list of high-enrollment college courses featured in the Follett+Lumen partnership. This includes Waymaker courses that blend OER with personalized learning, and OHM math courses designed with OER and a flexible, robust online homework system.
Lumen courseware curates the best available OER and adds timely updates, learning design, and technical support: a much easier starting point for the transition to OER. You can teach with any Lumen course as-is or customize it to fit your learning outcomes, term length, modality, and so forth.
Pay via Bookstore
Lumen offers the option for students to pay OER course support fees by purchasing an activation code through a campus bookstore.
Lumen adheres to standard pricing; institutions are responsible for negotiating bookstore markup. This option applies to Lumen OHM and Waymaker courses only.
Annualized Pricing (Per Institution)
Annualized pricing provides pre-paid access to Lumen courses for any number of faculty members and students. Pricing is based on projected usage of Lumen course materials over a given term. It’s cost-effective for system-level deployments and for institutions that want to support broad use of Lumen resources with a predictable level of annual investment.
Use of Lumen Platform for OER course authoring and delivery in the LMS
Full Waymaker course access: OER courses with personalized learning delivery to strengthen student success
Full OHM course access, providing a flexible online homework system for quantitative subjects
Full Candela course access: eTextbook replacement with customizable OER
LEARN Network partnership: Ask about options for participating in our partnership to measure efficacy, analyze learning outcome data, and develop and action plans for improving student learning with OER