Students who enter community college today might be dismayed to find that hefty tuition payments
are just the beginning of a potentially expensive college career. In addition to the annual tuition costs, textbooks
have become a major expense for many students, with some books easily costing more than $100 to bring a grand total for a single semester well into the $500-$1,000 range.
Cash-strapped students are often on the lookout for affordable solutions to the textbook issue, and fortunately, help is available. Through a variety of programs offered on community college campuses and across the Internet, students are finding they can save a bundle on the textbooks they need.
A report last year on U.S. News and World Report
cited a number of options students could explore to save money on college textbooks, including:
· Using textbook rental services
· Borrowing textbooks from libraries
· Participating in textbook exchanges
· Getting textbooks for free or nearly free online
· Finding used textbooks at a reduced price
While all of these options offer their own advantages and drawbacks, using a variety of methods to secure all the textbooks you need for any given semester can reap serious rewards in terms of saving money. In addition to the tried and true savings programs, some college professors
are getting involved in the affordable textbook cause to find resources for students that provide them with the information they need to ace a class without going into the red to do so.
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