At a community college, a savings of $245 per semester could pay for another class or help keep kids in school for another semester. State report touts online textbooks
College students would save nearly 40 percent, or an average of $245 a semester, on the cost of their college textbooks if they shopped online, according to a new report from the state comptroller’s office.
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is just the latest to weigh in on the rising cost of college textbooks, which has increased an average of 6 percent a year, or twice the rate of inflation, since 1986, according to the U. S. Government Accountability Office.
DiNapoli’s office reviewed the fall curriculum for several majors, at several State University of New York campuses, then compared the cost of the textbooks at the campus bookstore with the cost of those books found online.
In some cases, the saving was more than $245.
A freshman electrical engineering major at the University at Buffalo, for example, would have spent $733.95 on books at the campus bookstore compared with $417.42 online — a $316.53 savings, according to the report.
Similarly, a freshman sociology major would have paid $763.15 for books at the bookstore versus $510.50 online. That’s a savings of $252.65.
The report is online at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/highered/textbookpricing12-18-08.pdf.