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Textbook Affordability: Resources and Alternatives: Home

Information and resources for both faculty and students to help decrease the cost of textbooks.

Introduction

Welcome to the NIU Libraries' Textbook Affordability Guide! This guide includes information and resources for both faculty and students to help decrease the cost of textbooks. For information about NIU's Textbook Affordability Task Force, click on the tab above or contact Dee Anna Phares, dphares@niu.edu or Leanne VandeCreek, lvandecreek@niu.edu.

Student Success Suffers Because of Textbook Costs

Infographic from https://get.vitalsource.com/learning-center

Quick Facts

♦ The average student spends between $1220-$1420 on books and supplies. 

♦ Between 2002 and 2013, the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent—nearly three times the rate of inflation.

♦ 65% of students said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive.

♦ Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester.

♦ 82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional. 

 

https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/
http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655066.pdf
https://uspirg.org/reports/usp/fixing-broken-textbook-market