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Ways Students Save $$$ on Course Materials
As you head back to campus, here are ways to help you save money on textbooks and other course materials.
- Buy used, loose-leaf or electronic textbooks and course materials. These options are often one-third to half the price of buying a new textbook.
- Rent your course materials. It’s important to factor in how long you’ll really need the materials. Renting course materials from your campus store helps you avoid the shipping hassles and returns you may experience with online companies.
- Shop early. It doesn’t pay to procrastinate. The sooner you shop, the more likely you are to find a good selection of used books and rentals.
- Know the refund policy. If you drop a class or the professor decides not to use the textbook, you’ll need to return it before the deadline to get a full refund.
- Don’t write in or unwrap your books or course materials until you are certain they are the correct materials for your specific class. Most stores won’t give full credit for course materials that have been marked in or opened.
- Keep receipts in a safe place. Most retailers require them for returns. Also, textbook receipts are needed during income tax season when filing for the American Opportunity Tax Credit. For details on how to apply for the credit, go to www.textbookaid.org.
- Don’t forget about shipping costs if shopping online. Know the full price of buying online. If you need to return your book, find out the costs involved and how long you have to return the book.