Saving Money on Textbook Costs
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) made a number of changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), including adding a provision designed to lower the costs of course materials and increase the transparency of their prices. The central features of this new provision are requirements for textbook publishers and institutions of higher education that will provide greater transparency of pricing information at the time faculty members select texts for the classes they teach and when students register for classes. These provisions, codified in section 133 of the HEA, take effect on July 1, 2010.
Additional Resources on the Web
These are just some of the options we found when we did a google search for information and resources.
- What Are “Open Textbooks”?
- Textbook Revolt is a free textbook exchange program. Students offer used books and ask for the ones they want, free of charge.
- The Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign is a coalition of Student PIRGs and Student Government Associations who are working to make college more affordable. Learn more about their work at http://studentpirgs.org/page/sp/our-mission
- Discount Textbooks - this web page has links to a number of discount suppliers of used textbooks
- 4 Ways to Get Free College Textbooks from U.S. News and World Reports