WebAssign with Cengage Unlimited: How It Works

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Cengage Unlimited & Affordability
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Did you know… since August 2019, we have saved students more than $125M nationwide with Cengage Unlimited? Not only has it saved students money, but it’s continuing to become a common affordable option among students. In fall 2019, 4 out of 10 math students signing up for a WebAssign course chose a Cengage Unlimited subscription as their purchase option.

Since we still get questions from faculty about Cengage Unlimited, we don’t want to assume you know everything. Here are some answers to popular questions that may help you guide your students to making the right decision to purchase what works best for them this spring term and for future semesters!

Keep reading to find out how WebAssign with Cengage Unlimited works and how it can save your students money.

1. What is Cengage Unlimited?

Currently only available to Higher Education students in the United States, Cengage Unlimited is a subscription that gives a student access to our entire online library of eBooks and all their Cengage courses for ONE price, in ONE place.

  • Every Cengage online textbook and platform, including WebAssign when adopted with a Cengage or OER title —across disciplines
  • $7.99 hard copy textbook rentals with activated courses—free shipping
  • Employability and student success skill building resources

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2. How much is Cengage Unlimited?

When a student purchases Cengage Unlimited, they get the option of a 4-month, 1-year, or 2-year subscription. The cost includes access to all Cengage textbooks and platforms, such as WebAssign, when adopted with a Cengage or OER title.


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What does this mean for your students’ wallets? Let’s take a look at potential savings:

A student could save $447 when taking Calculus, Chemistry, History, and Psychology in the same term with Cengage Unlimited, see image below.

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They can now put those resources into paying for rent, childcare, food, and so much more! (And they’ll love you for it!)  

Try It Yourself: Calculate the potential savings for your students!


3. How long can students access WebAssign with Cengage Unlimited?

When a student purchases any Cengage Unlimited subscription and registers for a multi-term course or needs to retake a single-term course, each subscription duration option provides full access to WebAssign for all current and future semesters in the course sequence where the same textbook is used.

Let’s look at some examples.

  • Example 1: A calculus student with a Cengage Unlimited subscription will have access to their multi-term course for all 3 terms as long as the same textbook is used. Recommend Cengage Unlimited to your students and make sure you provide the multi-term access code.
  • Example 2: A developmental math student who is in a self-paced course, withdraws from the course, or fails will still have access to the course textbook in the following term(s) to enable them to reenroll or retake the course.

WebAssign access continues after the Cengage Unlimited subscription has expired

Watch the video for a quick overview

Here is a summary of each Cengage Unlimited subscription option and how WebAssign access continues for each subscription length:

4 Months: Students get full access to Cengage Unlimited and an optional hard copy textbook rental for $7.99 with free shipping for the first semester of the sequence. If they don’t renew the subscription, students will still have access to WebAssign for the continuing multi-term course sequence, but will no longer have unlimited catalog access and the hard copy textbook rental.

WebAssign with Cengage Unlimited

1 Year: Students get full access to Cengage Unlimited and an optional hard copy textbook rental for $7.99 with free shipping for the entire year. If they don’t renew the subscription, students will still have access to WebAssign for the continuing multi-term course sequence but will no longer have unlimited catalog access and hard copy textbook

2 Years: Students get full access to Cengage Unlimited for two years and an optional hard copy textbook rental for $7.99 with free shipping for one full year.

A 2-year subscription is a great option for students that know they will be taking multiple courses using Cengage products over a 2-year period. For example, STEM students taking Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, and more! Or business majors for courses across the curriculum – basically the advantages could be endless to get all the materials they need for only $239.99!

4. Which WebAssign products are included?

All textbook content from Cengage, OpenStax, OER and Basic Access WebAssign is included with a Cengage Unlimited subscription.

5. How do students take advantage of everything Cengage Unlimited has to offer?

We’ve saved some cool stuff for last! As you may have heard, students get access to more than just their course materials. To support the whole student, Cengage Unlimited includes so much more!

  • Resources developed specifically to help students be successful during college and beyond including:
    • College Success and Career Centers
    • Study Tools and Test Prep
  • Premium offers from leading companies including Evernote and Kaplan that provide value to students and help them to succeed.

With the enhanced navigation in WebAssign, students can access not only their other Cengage courses, but the wealth of content to help them succeed both in and outside your course.

Added benefits for students

Cengage Unlimited also includes additional support for your students to help them develop study skills and address non-math obstacles to success.

For more information on Cengage Unlimited or multi-term access