January 9, 2015 | by Jen Slemp | in Textbook Affordability

High Cost of College Textbooks and Course Materials Top Concern for Students

Winter break is quickly coming to an end and students nationwide are getting ready for the upcoming term. We recently caught up with a returning freshman to find out what they were most and least excited about as they prepared to head back to school.

John Jay Student Surveyed on High Cost of College Textbooks & Course Materials

It was no surprise when this student noted the high cost of textbooks as something they hated about going back to school. Students around the country are agitated by rising college textbook and course material costs and are seeking lower-cost course materials whenever possible. This particular student was planning on ordering course materials for the upcoming term, despite cost, simply because they are required for class.  

Additional interview questions can be found below. 

Student Profile 

School: CUNY John Jay College

Year: Freshman

Major: Security Management


Student Interview

Q: What is the most exciting thing about going back to school?
A: Looking at the syllabus and finding out what will be on the semester's agenda

Q: Is there anything you hate about going back to school?
A: Expensive textbooks

Q: Do you plan on ordering textbooks for the upcoming term? Why or why not?
A: Yes, because they are required

Q: Where do you plan to shop for your textbooks?
A: The John Jay Online Bookstore

Q: What key considerations do you have when selecting your course materials?
A: Price and condition

Q: What changes could be made to make it better?
A: More discounts!

At Akademos, we strive to provide affordable college textbooks and course materials for all students.  Through our innovative online college bookstore solutions we offer a variety of textbook purchasing options including new, used, rental, and eBooks. Students save an average of 60% off list price when they shop on our integrated marketplace (a network of third-party sellers).

Learn more about how Akademos' online college bookstore solution can save students money and lower textbook costs at your school.

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