Tuition is not the only cost you’ll have to pay when getting your college degree. Whether you attend online or in person, you’ll need college textbooks for most, if not all of your classes. Below we’ll look at how to save money on college textbooks.
College textbooks are not cheap. Some would even say the costs are outrageous for many of the books you’ll need for your courses. The good news is, there are different ways you can save on college expenses.
Now there is financial aid you can apply for if you’re in a real tight spot financially. But, if that doesn’t come through, there are ways you can save on textbooks. Check them out below.
How To Save Money On College Textbooks
Buy Used Books
If you don’t have your heart set on a nice, shiny, brand-spanking new textbook, you can save a lot of money by buying used books. There are no problems with used books if you are okay with a little wear and tear. Naturally, used books will have highlights, some wear and tear, folded pages and maybe even some helpful/not so helpful notes or doodles from previous owners.
However, if you are really trying to save on expenses and you’re only using the books for a short period of time, buying a used book makes sense. Just be sure that you’re getting the same book with the same syllabus your professor requires.
Use Digital Alternatives
A lot of schools now allow tablets and smartphones to be used in class. If that’s the case, you can ask your professor if you can use an eBook version of the book you’re required to purchase for your class. eBooks are relatively cheaper. Some websites even allow free eBook downloads.
Rent Out Your Books
If you’re trying to cut costs on college textbooks, chances are there are plenty more students just like you. This is why libraries allow book rentals. You can rent a book for a short period of time for a minimal or no cost at all. Of course, you will have to return the books after you’re done, but if you are not using it for a long time, this is a great way to save money.
Share Textbooks With Classmates
There’s nothing wrong with sharing textbooks with classmates. Or, if you have a friend who takes the same class at a different time period, sharing a textbook is definitely an ideal way to save money.
Check with your Financial Aid
There are some schools that allow their students to charge their bookstore purchases towards an existing grant or scholarship money. Take your time to chat with a financial aid office to see if there is more funding for school textbooks. It is definitely worth the try.
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