CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Some technical colleges in South Carolina are going digital and have dropped their textbook requirements for classes.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the schools are adding a fee that gives students access to digital textbooks and online course materials.

Trident Technical College Vice President Catharine Almquist said the fees are much more affordable than buying the books for the classes.

The U.S. Education Department created a regulation in 2015 allowing schools to include book and supply costs in their tuition bills.

At least five technical colleges using some form of the program this year: Trident in North Charleston, Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, The Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, Greenville Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

Almquist said students can opt out of the program.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com