Saving Money on Costly College Textbooks

Published 08/12 2014 09:44AM

Updated 08/12 2014 09:45AM

(CNN)--The upcoming fall semester means most college students will have to foot the average $1200 bill for textbooks. There could be a way to save on some of the cost though.

A report by the textbook comparison site shows 57% of college students have to cover the cost of their textbooks, even if their parents help with the cost of tuition.

According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the standard practice of publishing new editions of textbooks every four years or so devalues used books.

One option is to buy some of those used books.

In a report in Daily Finance, CEO Jeff Cohen gives as an example a student who buys a textbook for $100, then sells it back to the bookstore for $60 at the end of the semester. He notes that’s $40 lost in the buy-sell process. You might as well rent the books. That can be the most affordable way to acquire a book.

You can find a range of websites that offer textbook rentals by going online and do the cost comparisons for buying and renting.

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