On top of tuition, room, and board, supplies and personal expenses, textbooks are another expense that adds to the already large pile of debt students accrue throughout the college years.
According to the National Association of College Stores, the average textbook price is $145 in 2016.
Textbooks are required in most, if not all classes, so it is important that students know the different ways to get the same textbooks for lower prices.
Check the syllabus. While some syllabi state that textbooks are required, they may only be recommended.
At Southern New Hampshire (SNHU), teachers upload their syllabus to blackboard.com and they will most likely review all the information on the first day of class.
During this discussion, ask the teacher if an older version of the textbook, which may be less expensive, is also acceptable rather than the newest version.
Compare prices. While it is easy to go to the SNHU Bookstore and buy textbooks there, it is not the most cost-effective way to do so.
Websites such as chegg.com or www.amazon.com will likely have the book at a discounted price.
There are also websites such as www.campusbooks. com that will compare the textbook prices all in one place rather than checking each website individually.
Consider the options. Renting is always cheaper than buying a textbook, but there are some downsides. There is a specific date that, usually by the end of the semester, the textbook must be returned.
While making notes and highlighting is allowed, any damage to the book, such as a ripped cover or pages missing, the book will not be accepted and the student must purchase the book. Renting books online is an option at websites such as barnesandnoble.com and valorebooks.com.
Electronic books are another cheap way to obtain a textbook; however, if the teacher has a lot of open-book exams, electronic texts may not be allowed. Ask first!
Buyback programs. There are some companies that will buy textbooks back from students if they are in good condition.
While the full price won’t be returned, the money that is refunded can be used to purchase textbooks for the upcoming semester.
While the SNHU bookstore will do this for students other websites such as amazon.com and chegg.com will also buy them back as well.
College can become very expensive if students are not looking for discounts and deals.
Consider these tips to save some money when purchasing textbooks and the money saved could be used for textbooks in the upcoming semester, future student loans, or even a night out.

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