MSU officials to pilot textbook program

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Rising tuition, fees and cost of food are just a few of the financial burdens facing college students, but another one is the high costs of textbooks.

Some cost $300 or more, and the average cost for a year is more than $1,200.

Midwestern State University officials said they will be doing what they can to help with the problem.

MSU officials said going E-book, a pilot program could assist students with the cost of coursework materials by Fall 2019.

One of the most common topics of chatter of college students at the beginning of a college term is how much their textbooks and course materials cost.

“For me personally, I had to buy a book this semester and instead of buying it new here I bought it used and it still cost me $150,” MSU junior Lexi Perkins said.

Many will agree $150 is a big chunk of cash for almost any college student.

“One of them is my cousin, she actually didn’t go to school at all because of all the different expenses including books was going to be too high for her to really do it,” MSU junior Winston Mosse said.

“I’ve seen my roommates and other friends, they’ll just borrow A&P book from previous classmates because A&P books are very expensive,” Perkins said.

That is why in a Board of Regents meeting MSU officials discussed piloting a program with the campus book store provider which would make electronic versions accessible at the book store instead of students having to search for them individually.

“A textbook would be made available to a student in an electronic version on the first day of class and it will be billed to their student account, it will be less expensive than they can get on the market through our bookstore provider’s contract with the different publishing houses,” Mosse said.

“I actually used the electronic textbook and just bought the access code and to me, it’s a lot easier,” Perkins said.

This program will take effect in one course come Fall and following a progress report may be offered in more areas in years to come.

Lamb said there was not a specific course or material that led to this decision, but they have been watching the prices of books over the years.

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