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How To Save Money on Textbooks

Some of the most important things that a student needs to succeed in college are the textbooks. Prices can range from free, if the professor doesn’t require one or offers online readings; or up to two hundred dollars or more for just one book. To see how much a student can spend on textbooks for a semester, the MassPIRG Consumer Action Campaign team created a sample of 25 freshman schedules.

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Blog Post | Textbooks

Big Day for Open Education!

Today was a big day in the movement for free and open textbooks! A conference call featuring U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, CALPIRG textbook affordability activist Arthur Karadzhyan, and other leaders kicked off two exciting new initiatives for open education: 

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Federal Textbook Price Disclosure Law

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The HEOA, short for the Higher Education Opportunity Act, is a higher education reform bill passed by Congress in 2008.  Among the many provisions in HEOA was a set of important regulations to help make textbooks affordable, which went into effect July 1, 2010

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Make Textbooks Affordable: Recommendations to Faculty

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Faculty are in charge of selecting textbooks, which puts them in a key position to help students save money.  Follow these guidelines to help minimize costs.

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Tips to Save on Textbooks

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Even though students are stuck paying publishers' outrageous prices, you do have a few tools to reduce how much you spend.  Being a smart consumer could save you hundreds of dollars every year.  Follow these tips to save on textbooks!

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