By: Charnele L. Box
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) – Higher education can be quite expensive these days, but could books equate to the same cost? With the rising cost of tuition each school term you would think textbooks are included; but they’re not. For students at UTC tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year were $7,654 for both terms and books were estimated at a whopping $1400.
To downsize the cost of textbooks, the UTC bookstore, which is a Barnes and Noble affiliate, have textbook rentals available for students depending on the book choice. From personal experience, I have rented about 5 to 7 books throughout my entire collegiate experience.
Most textbook companies, publishers, and authors put out new editions every year or two. This can become a burden on students because the differences from the first and second edition of the textbook are fewer words or updated laws.
On occasion, authors may take away from the previous edition. Sometimes they will remove questions if it’s a math or science course, or even add to it. Since most of my course textbooks were not available for rental, I found another way to save money.
During the search for textbooks, I found free files of textbooks or file sharing to be a money saver. Depending on the class or subject, some textbooks may be available online in PDF form for FREE! Although you have various money saving textbooks sites like amazon, ebay, and half.com; I still came out cheaper by file sharing.
According to USNEWS.COM, there are several ways to save money on textbooks.
1. Buy used textbooks
2. Buy E-books
4. Apply for textbook specific scholarships
6. Book Swap
Using the above tools will help any budget savvy student save money on extremely expensive textbooks throughout their college years. Although there are other sources such as amazon, ebay, half.com, and chegg; you still may have a better buy by utilizing free textbooks online or file sharing.
Christina Maximos, a UTC junior, stated she saved about $80 on textbooks in a literature course she took in the fall semester. “If I did not weigh other options, I would’ve spent $300 on textbooks instead of $150” said Maximos.
Some UTC professors can relate to the high cost of textbooks and usually make it easier on the student by not requiring a book or putting books on reserve in the library. By opting to use the textbook(s) on reserve in the library, you can save big bucks.
At the Lupton Library, you can utilize the materials in three hour intervals before you have to re-check them out again. The Lupton Library also offers interlibrary loans. Using the Interlibrary Loan program can help budget savvy students. Did I mention it’s a FREE service!
The Interlibrary Loans allow UTC students, staff, and faculty to obtain books or copies of certain items that the UTC library does not have. There are many different types of materials that can be requested via the Lupton Library site, including books, articles, and even certain chapters of a book. Although it is difficult to get a course textbook from the Interlibrary Loan program because of the short-term loans, this resource would be great for English, Education, or Literature majors or minors.
Even though it may seem that students do not get a break when it comes to purchasing textbooks, not to mention the rising cost of tuition; using the above resources and more could save you large amounts of money.
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