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Tips for Buying College TextbooksStrategies for Buying and Returning Books
Selected by instructors, textbooks provide college students the information and resources they need to do well in their courses. However, many students come to college unprepared for this expense, which can average $817 a year, according to a 2003-2004 College Board report.
Smart shopping strategies can have a big impact on your wallet when shopping for textbooks:
- Know our store's refund policy, especially the deadlines. This way, you won't be disappointed if you need to return items to the store if you drop a class.
- Keep your receipts. The bookstore requires receipts for returns.
- Don't write in your books or unwrap them until you're certain you'll be keeping them.
- Buy used books whenever possible, which can save you 25% off the cost of a new textbook. Our bookstore strives to provide as many used textbooks as possible, but we often sell-out quickly.
- Be extremely cautious when making educational purchases online. The exact items you need may not be available right away causing you to fall behind in your studies. Also, don't forget to calculate shipping expenses into the total cost of the textbook.
- If you have a choice between buying a textbook by itself, or the same text packaged with a study guide or software package, make sure you need both parts. Packages can be a great value and maximize learning when properly used. However, they are often non-returnable once opened.