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5 Ways to Help Manage High Costs of College Textbooks

 

When you think about the cost of college, you probably automatically consider tuition, room, and board–but you can’t ignore the cost of textbooks. With costs averaging now around $1,100 per year, according to the College Board, saving for your textbooks can be a major undertaking.

Although most scholarships won’t cover the cost of your books, some do–if you have earned enough scholarship awards to cover your tuition and other college expenses and have money to spare, see if you can use the remainder to cover books.

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book marketMost students, however, won’t have this option. Before you roll your textbook costs into yourstudent loan (which will need to be paid back with interest later), consider these five options:

1. Buy used: Used textbooks can be a great value, often costing as little as half the sticker price of a new book. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of another student’s notes–which can be extremely beneficial. Be careful before purchasing a different edition than the one your professor is using, however; using an older version of the text can put your grade at risk, if information has changed significantly.

That said, the biggest issue with an older version of the book is usually a difference in page numbering between the two versions – which can make it tricky to follow page number references in class and reading assignments, but may be worth the significantly lower cost.

If you can’t handle someone else’s scribbles in your book, another way to defray costs is to buy new and sell your used book back at the end of the semester.

2. Buy e-books: A popular newer option, e-books offer many benefits: a less expensive price tag (sometimes half the cost of the print version or even less) and less weight to lug around campus (print textbooks can weigh three and a half pounds or more). However, it can be more difficult to take notes, and many e-books are purchased on a subscription program–meaning that, at the end of the semester, you no longer have access to the text.

3. Rent: Another option is renting the textbook. Though always cheaper than buying new, renting may not be as pocketbook friendly as buying new and selling back at the end of the semester.

4. Apply for textbook-specific scholarships: One such scholarship with an upcoming deadline is The MyBookBuyer.com Textbooks For a Year Scholarship. MyBookBuyer offers two scholarships for students who submit their applications by December 15–including a 750- to 1,250-word essay that answers the question, “What prominent person would you like to interview, and why?”

This may be someone who is living, deceased, or even fictional. (Of course, you must use a book to support your position.) The grand prize winner will take home $1,250 in cash for books, and the runner up will receive $250, so get writing!

5. Do your research, and do it often: New scholarship and grant opportunities occur pretty regularly to help defray the cost of college textbooks, including programs through Chegg (one such scholarship recently closed on August 31) and other textbook companies. One 10-minute search a week could help you find enough money to cover your books next year.

Source: Scholarship America | U.S.News & World Report LP

By: Janine Fugate

 Janine Fugate joined Scholarship America in 2002. She is an alumna of the College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minn., and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Fugate is the recipient of numerous scholarships at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Students stock up on iPads, ebooks

 

TRIPS TO OFFICEMAX to fill up on pencils, filler paper, binders, and notebooks for the first day of school could soon go the way of the horse and buggy, replaced by trips to the Apple store to pick up iPads and iPad Apps.

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Apple’s iPad replaces textbooks

     This September, BC High’s seventh through tenth graders will be required to obtain iPads as part of their school supply list. They join schools like Burlington High School and Sacred Heart High School in Kingston that have purchased iPads for their entire student body with the goal of cutting textbook costs and taking advantage of a wide variety of digital learning resources.

     At BC High, a private school in Dorchester where students must pay for their own textbooks, administrators expect the iPads to pay for themselves in cost-savings from buying ebooks instead of regular textbooks.     Charlie Drane, the BC High Academic Vice Principal, said many textbooks can cost between $100 and $200 each, but the e-versions of those books are priced significantly lower. “In one class alone, it’s a $100 savings,” Drane said.

     Drane estimated that “potentially in two years, but certainly in three years,” students will recoup the cost of their $399 iPad in textbook savings.

     Not only do the e-books cost less, Drane said, but they come with more features to aid learning than the regular books do.

     Although the iPads are primarily for textbooks, teachers at BC High, who have already been equipped with their own iPads by the school, plan to use them for other activities. “There will be many different uses for it both in the classroom and out of the classroom, on top of the textbook replacement,” Drane said.

     The iPads can save paper, allowing students to turn in their assignments to their teachers in digital form. Their teachers can grade them electronically and even record their comments for the student in audio form.

     The idea for using iPads at BC High first surfaced in 2010, when the school’s director of technology got an iPad. He saw the potential for its use in the classroom, and last year the school purchased iPads for every member of the BC High faculty. Drane said letting the faculty use the iPads for a year gave them a sense of their value in the classroom. When it came time to decide whether to make iPads a part of the curriculum, the faculty was in full support. “It was very clear where everyone stood,” Drane said.

     The school decided they would require students to purchase the iPads on their own rather than the school buying them, in part to allow students to consider the device their own. So far, reaction from students has been overwhelmingly positive but parents are a little more hesitant, Drane said.

     The biggest issues that parents are concerned about are safety and security. A significant chunk of BC High students use public transportation to get to school, and parents are worried their sons’ iPads will be stolen or lost. Other parents are concerned their sons will access websites they shouldn’t go on to, or that their sons already spend too much time connected to technology.

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market      “We’re trying to do what we can to allay some of those fears,” Drane said. The school intends to bring in a Massachusetts State Police officer to school early in the year to talk to students about iPad safety. The school is also encouraging students to purchase insurance for their iPads to address the issue of theft or breakage. The school also sees the iPads as a great opportunity to educate students about the resources available to them through technology, while also showing them how to be responsible on the web.

     Ryan Bernardi, who is from Milton and is entering the tenth grade at BC High this year, said he is in favor of the iPads but thinks it may take some getting used to if teachers are asking students to use the device as a replacement for a notebook in class.

     “I think one challenge will be to take notes,” Bernardi said.

     Bernardi, who already had an iPad and had used it in some classes last year where teachers permitted them, is already seeing significant savings from textbook purchases. As for concerns about loss or breakage, Bernardi said he keeps it safely in his backpack when traveling to and from school on the Red Line. “I always check to make sure I have it,” he said.

     He also pointed out that the Apple store sells cases to prevent the iPad from breaking if it is dropped.

Source: http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org

By: Sam Obar  – August 27, 2012

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College Students Boost Digital Adoption, According to CourseSmart Survey

  • Research shows that majority of students are more likely to bring a laptop than a print textbook to class with 53% of device owners reading eTextbooks frequently —
Press Release: CourseSmart

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — CourseSmart®, a provider of eTextbooks and digital course materials, today announced the results of a survey revealing college students’ growing reliance on technology. The survey of more than 500 currently enrolled college students found that nearly all college students  (98%) who own a device have used it for school and a majority of these students (53%) read eTextbooks frequently. Further, 90% of college students say they save time studying with technology — including mobile devices, digital textbooks, eReaders and tablets.

Fielded by Wakefield Research, an independent research consultancy, the survey revealed that technology has become a significant part of students’ everyday lives with the average using three devices daily. A majority (67%) can’t go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology, with 40% not lasting more than 10 minutes.

“The survey underscores the undeniable influence technology has on today’s college experience. As technology continues to evolve and digital devices become integral to the evolution of higher education, it’s encouraging to see the positive impact on learning outcomes as students utilize advanced devices and digital course materials to streamline and improve their learning environment,” said Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart.

The Digital Backpack

First Edition Design PublishingOnce the backpack staple, print textbooks are losing their reputation of being indispensable. Only 5% of students say textbooks are the most important item in their bag and a majority of students say they are more likely to bring a laptop (51%) than a print textbook (39%) to class. Digital devices also allow for on-the-go reference to information with 79% of college students reporting they have done a quick search on a mobile device or tablet to verify something right before a test or a quiz.

According to the survey, technology is also streamlining students’ studies. The study found that 68% of college students who save time using technology report saving two hours or more each day and nearly one in six students (14%) saving five hours or more. Further, nearly 3 in 5 students (58%) report that they frequently are unable to complete required reading in time for class and of those, a majority (51%) said they would be more likely to do so if they had digital textbooks that could be accessed on a mobile device, eReader, laptop or tablet.

Online Learning Gains Momentum

Online courses are gaining popularity with 58% of students reporting they have taken an online course, motivated primarily by being able to take the class on their own time (63%), not having to physically be in a class (48%) and being able to learn at their own pace (47%). Even traditional brick and mortar classes, though, are incorporating online elements, creating increasingly hybrid experiences. Nearly all (96%) college students have had online components to a course: a majority of students (79%) have submitted assignments or papers online and 71% have taken online tests and quizzes.

Rise of Social

According to the survey, communication between faculty and students is becoming more social with nearly one in five (18%) students having received materials from their professor via Facebook. Professors are also relying more on technology for delivering class announcements and assignments: 84% of students have had professors post a class syllabus online and 78% of students have received class news and updates from their professors via campus systems, such as learning management systems or student portals.

“As we look forward, we will continue to see technology incorporated into even the most traditional of college experiences and classes. Within this new digital learning environment, students will have access to their entire higher education network, including social, grades, quizzes, textbooks and other course materials, in the palm of their hands,” added Devine.

Methodological Notes

The CourseSmart Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 500 Americans currently enrolled in college, ages 18-23, between Monday, April 30th, 2012 and Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population between the ages of 18 and 23.

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