Educational Technology

January 25, 2015

Students break the bank to buy their books

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By: Oona Goodin-Smith and Daniel Rader, USA Today

According to a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), as of Jan. 27, 2014, the average American college student spends $1,200 per year on books and supplies, which is equivalent to 39% of tuition and fees at a community college and 14% tuition and fees at a four-year university. By these numbers, it is estimated that the average student will spend $4,800 on textbooks and supplies by the end of his or her undergraduate stay—even more if the program requires five or six years of education. The study asserts that “publishers keep costs high by pumping out new editions and selling books bundled with software.” This is something Rona Jin, a junior studying psychology at the University of Michigan, faced firsthand when she was forced to fork over $244 for the newest edition of a cognitive psychology book software bundle for a class.

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