Let's face it, college is expensive. No matter where you go to school you will end up paying a lot of tuition, dorms, and meal plans. For the amount of money universities seem to charge their students just for fees, it is almost as if you are paying for the air you breathe on campus. Even with all the high prices a college student must pay, it seems the one they complain about the most is the cost of textbooks. In fact when Kanye West ranted on twitter about the high cost of textbooks, it was retweeted over 71,000 times. But are textbooks still one of the highest costs that college students pay?
According to The New York Times, college students are actually spending less on textbooks and other required material than ever before. So, does this mean that textbook prices are decreasing? Nope. The cost has still been increasing over the past couple of years, but there are now cheaper alternatives. Instead of buying a brand new textbook from their school bookstore, they can use sites such as Amazon and Chegg to purchase used books, purchase ebooks, or just rent the book for more than half the price. I personally saved a ton of money using these sites. Rather than buying my chemistry book for more than 300 dollars from the school bookstore, I was able to rent it on Chegg for only twenty dollars.
This isn't to say that textbooks are not a financial burden for college students, but the amount students are actually paying is going down. This means that there are solutions being formed to solve this problem and it can (hopefully) only get cheaper from here.
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