Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Giving Students Free Textbooks?

Not sure this is the answer to textbooks that are too expensive. Obviously kids who can't pay for their textbooks, probably can't by a mobile device and use e-books, but we've got to be able to do something about the cost of books.

From Elise Young … Georgia college to give students free textbooks:

When Georgia’s need-based HOPE grant for technical college students stopped helping them pay for textbooks last year, administrators at South Georgia Technical College decided to take matters into their own hands.

The college announced three weeks ago that starting this fall, it will provide students with free textbooks for each of their courses -- a program that President Sparky Reeves said he hopes will be paid for by tuition revenue brought in by additional students.

Between 80 and 85 percent of the college’s students are eligible for the grant, which used to pay 100 percent of tuition and award students a $150 voucher for textbooks, Reeves said. But -- as of last fall -- the grant now pays about 90 percent of tuition, and it no longer awards book vouchers.

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