Text books
Text books
The damage. Students paid about $600 for books last year, according to Student Monitor.

The fix. Cut your costs by more than 50% by buying used books and reselling them at the end of the year.

Rent or buy from online discounters like Chegg.com. General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, third edition, went for just $102 used at Chegg, vs. $146 new.

If you don't need to scribble notes in the margin, download or rent e-books from Amazon.com (about 25% to 50% cheaper than buying new).

Source: Student Monitor; National Association of College Stores; College Board; CheapScholar.org; eCampus.com; American College Health Association; Alltuition.com; American Student Assistance; Aristotle Circle; Campus Computing Project; CNET; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
By Kim Clark, Beth Braverman and Zain Ejiofor @Money - Last updated March 29 2012: 9:23 AM ET
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