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Here’s the latest update from Erin Joyner, Senior Vice President of Product Management for Higher Education.

Authors have many questions about Cengage Unlimited. Here is a brief rundown of the most commonly asked questions. To see our full list of instructor and student FAQ’s, please visit


What is Cengage Unlimited?


Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind digital subscription for students that gives access to all Cengage digital Higher Education course materials—more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and 675 courses—for $119.99 a semester. It’s one price, no matter how many Cengage materials students use. 


Why is Cengage offering a subscription model?


There are numerous reasons, and we will highlight a few:


  • Address Student Affordability and Access: Cengage Unlimited creates a huge opportunity to attract and capture the share of students who are currently forced to make tough choices about course materials due to cost. With a single, affordable price point of $119.99 per term, more students can access the materials they need.
  • Encourage Use of Digital for Better Outcomes: Digital learning materials create a more engaging, interactive experience that result in better outcomes for students.
  • Ensure Quality for Customers: Affordability and quality learning are complementary. Cengage Unlimited creates a platform for us to deliver both critical components to millions of students.

How does it work?


At the outset, here are the core elements of the Cengage Unlimited offering. Students can: 


  • Subscribe to Cengage Unlimited and pay only $119.99 for a 4- month, term subscription; $179.99 for a 12-month annual subscription; and $239.99 for a 24-month subscription. No matter how many Cengage products they use during the subscription period, the price remains the same!
  • Explore the Cengage library of more than 22,000 Higher Education course materials—digital learning products, ebooks, online homework and study tools—across more than 70 disciplines and 675 courses.
  • Access digital learning platforms, ebooks, online homework and study tools and browse from thousands of digital titles to help with research, or just learn something new.
  • Receive a print rental at no cost for each active digital course; students simply pay $7.99 for shipping.
  • Keep course materials after their Cengage Unlimited subscription ends. Students can maintain access to their course materials—up to six ebooks— through a virtual locker for a up to a year.

How’s it going?


  • Breaking New Ground: Our Go-to-Market team continues to make incredible progress on the adoption front this Spring with Cengage Unlimited—notably 143,000 new digital adoption seats from takeaways! Additionally, our large scale, cross-functional efforts to launch this innovative subscription service are running smoothly.
  • New Partnership: On February 26, Cengage and Chegg, the Smarter Way to Student™, announced a partnership to increase student access to more affordable materials and help them succeed in their studies. At launch this August, all Cengage Unlimited subscribers will receive a month of free access to Chegg’s Learning Services, including Chegg Study, Chegg Math, Easybib Plus, a Chegg Service, and 60 minutes of tutoring through the Chegg Tutors platform. To read the full press release, click here.
  • Channel Partners: We are making steady, positive progress in our discussions with key channel partners around working together on Cengage Unlimited.
  • On-Campus Events: We are hosting more than 35 Limitless Learning events on campuses across the U.S. to spread the word about Cengage Unlimited. Check out this story from the student newspaper at Texas A&M!

The Street likes Cengage Unlimited too. Read the Outsell analyst report.


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There’s lots going on so if you have any questions or concerns, do reach out to us at

Frequent Commenter

Hi Michael,


I am lead author of Hands-on Virtual Computing and I believe Cengage Unlimited offers great opportunities for students, teachers, and authors. My book makes extensive use of MindTap and the "Live Virtual Machine Lab". The Live Virtual Machine Lab is an essential component allowing instructors to give students experience using new products and technology without all the lab setup time and equipment/software costs normally associated with lab activities. I will be making a presentation in April at the CCE 2018 VIP Event regarding teaching virtual computing and plan to include a brief discussion on using Cengage Unlimited. Am I correct in assuming Live Virtual Machine Lab will be included available with Cengage Unlimited?


Thanks and best wishes...


Ted Simpson


 Mr. Simpson,


I heard back from Jaymie Falconi, Kristin McNary and Amy Savino. To answer your question; 

Yes, the Live Virtual Machine Labs in MindTap *will* be included in Cengage Unlimited.


Hope you have a fantastic day!

Rhonda Bennett

HE B&E Product Team Assistant