Can't Pay For Your Textbooks? Rent Them

By Investopedia. May 7th 2016

One of the less talked about, but certainly pricey, aspects of attending college is buying the books. Sure, used books are an option, but limited inventory often makes these hard to snag. It's estimated that students will each pay anywhere from $1,000-2,000 in the 2010-2011 academic year, just on books and supplies. With those figures, renting textbooks is a trend worth trying.

Renting: A Growing Trend
Though renting textbooks became part of the educational vernacular back in 2008, it's taken a while to go mainstream. Last fall, only 200-300 campus bookstores in the United States and Canada offered textbook rentals, according to the National Association of College Stores. This fall, 1,500 stores will offer rental programs. That's good news for college students, who stand to save up to 50% or more by renting rather than buying new textbooks. Those savings amount to hundreds of dollars per year.

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