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Managing Textbook Costs

Steps to take when textbooks are too expensive

Research textbook costs for your classes before or when you register

If you know what to expect for textbook costs several months before a semester starts, you can plan for the expense by comparison shopping among different vendors, renting vs. buying, digital vs. print, etc. You can view textbook costs through the University’s Course Finder directory or when you are registering for classes. The instructor may have entered notes or special instructions related to textbooks, so be sure to observe those.

Talk to your professor

As early as possible, let your professor know if the cost of the text will be a barrier to your success in the class. Some professors have extra copies of the text that they can place on course reserve in Milner Library or otherwise make available to students.

Check Milner Library

Your professor may have placed your textbook on course reserve, or the library may have the book in the circulating collection or as an electronic book. You can also check the I-Share catalog and request books from other libraries, but know that many libraries do not lend textbooks through I-Share. Ask a librarian for help.

Contact your academic advisor

Advisors are knowledgeable about you and campus resources for student success.

Contact the Financial Aid office

Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor, and specifically mention you are seeking help paying for textbooks. The counselor will look into options that are available to you, such as a Short-Term Emergency Student Loan or the COVID-19-related Student Emergency Grant Funds.

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