Textbook rentals becoming more common at colleges

Whether students pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree at their preferred Christian colleges and universities, they are likely to purchase a few textbooks for their courses. However, these materials can often be quite costly and end up raising the cost of attending college.

Fortunately, textbook rentals are on the rise at schools across the country, according to a recent press release from The National Association of College Stores (NACS). Currently, more than 2,500 college stores provide textbook rental services of some kind. This is good news for students who are looking for ways to make their schooling more affordable, as these programs can save them anywhere between 45 and 66 percent off the price of a new text.

In the fall of 2009, there were only about 300 college stores offering rental programs. Just one year later, this number increased to 2,200 and was around 2,560 this past fall.

“With 75 percent of students still preferring the print version of a textbook over the digital, you have a situation where college stores are providing the students they serve what they want, at a price they can afford,” said Charles Schmidt, NACS director of public relations.

As these programs become more common on college campuses, students at Christian universities should check to see if their school offers textbook rentals before purchasing their course materials.

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