SAM Grace Period

Start using SAM without payment during the grace period. The grace period lasts up to 14 days, depending on the length of the course and your institution. If you access SAM through an LMS, your grace period starts when the class is available. If you access SAM directly through, your one-time grace period starts when your account is first activated.
Note Depending on your institution's settings, you might not have a grace period.
Note If you sign in through an LMS, your instructor might have set the class start date earlier or later than the actual first day of class.

During the grace period:

  • You can complete your coursework in SAM.
  • At the publisher's discretion, you might also have access to the eBook for your class, if one is available.
  • Each time you access your class, you will be reminded to purchase access or enter your key code.
  • No payment method is required.

After the grace period, all of your work is still available to your instructor. To continue using Cengage, you must either purchase access online or enter a valid key code.