Students must have an access code for each course that uses WebAssign. This access code is not a password and is not required to log into WebAssign. Once registered, codes become part of a student’s WebAssign account record and cannot be transferred to other students.
Important! Students need both a class key and an access code to fully access the course. Class keys place you in the correct class. Access codes give you paid access to the class materials. Your instructor provides a class key if he or she has chosen to use self-enrollment for your class. If your instructor chose to upload the roster instead, then there is no class key, and he or she will provide you with your username and password. See your syllabus, or ask your instructor or TA if your class is self-enrolled.
Types of Access Codes
There are five types of access codes.
Online access code purchased through WebAssign
If you purchase access online, it is automatically applied to your account. No additional action is required.
Access code printed in textbook or pamphlet
Follow the instructions given with the code.
Shrink wrapped 5×7 access code card
Confirm that the prefix is correct on the front cover before removing the shrink wrap. The prefix plus access code is on the inside of the card.
Security envelope access code card
Tear off the left, right, and top stubs and the perforations and unfold the envelope. Inside you will see the access code in a box that has a prefix followed by a 16-digit alphanumeric code.
Small access code card
Scratch off the silver coating in the middle of the card to reveal a unique access code. The code has 2 or 3 letters followed by 10 or 11 numbers.
Obtaining Access Codes
Different classes and textbooks require different access codes, so it is always best to wait to purchase your access codes until classes start and you have verified the required codes for your courses. WebAssign gives you a 14-day grace period to view and complete your homework without an access code. After 14 days, you will need a valid access code or you will be locked out of that course in WebAssign.
Most codes are valid for one term. If a code is valid for a longer period of time, the duration is stated on the access code card.
There are four ways to obtain an access code:
- Purchase a textbook that is bundled with an access code card, and enter the code after logging into WebAssign. Important! Before opening the access code, ensure that you purchased the correct textbook by checking that the prefix for your access card matches the textbook. If they do not match, please make sure that you purchased the correct textbook. If you did, then ask your instructor to ensure that the correct textbook has been selected in WebAssign.
- Purchase an access code card separately at your bookstore, and enter the code after logging into WebAssign. For this option, before going to the bookstore, find the matching prefix for your textbook title to ensure that you purchase the correct access code card. Enter the access code after logging into WebAssign.
- Purchase an access code online after logging into your WebAssign account. This method is the easiest because WebAssign automatically provides a correct code for each course. A credit card or PayPal account is needed for this option.
- Some institutions, particularly secondary schools, provide access code cards to students. Ask your instructor if you’re unsure.
If a student drops a class, a refund can be requested within 14 days of the online purchase date. Please go to support.cengage.com, select Refund and complete the prompts.
Note: WebAssign cannot provide refunds for printed textbooks or access code cards purchased from your campus bookstore.