Average Cost of College Textbooks [Infographic]. Yikes.

Sep 14

Did you see any of the articles last year reporting on the results of a survey that found 70 percent of college students said that they did not buy a required textbook for a class due to high costs?  And 78 percent of those students surveyed said they expected to perform worse in that class, even if they borrowed or shared a book?  Yikes.

I’ve heard people argue that college students can easily spend $100 on a couple of nights out or on a pair of  jeans, but why put the spotlight on the students making those choices?  Talk to me about the thousands of college students working extra jobs, struggling to support a family, and straight-up trying to survive in a tough economy.   Think of the thousands of students, adult learners and veterans returning to community colleges. Many are the first in their family to attend college. They are balancing work and family responsibilities, and  trying to make ends meet, while earning the advanced degree necessary to compete for new career opportunities.

And how about this infographic that dives into the average cost of college textbooks, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and sums it all up with four words that probably cross the mind of every college student: Textbook prices are insane.

No matter your situation or level of disposable income, if you go to college, or support someone who does, you should expect the textbook industry to do better.

Average Cost of College Textbooks [INFOGRAPHIC]

source: OnlineEducation.net (2011)

 

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How do you think this infographic will look different in 2013?

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Michelle OBrien

About Michelle OBrien

Creative Marketer -- During her three years at @Flat_World, loved the customers and critics, keywords, #highered, SEO, plugins, domain authority, funnels, and driving down costs for college students. Previously worked in sales and marketing at McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Yahoo, Inc., and Pearson Education. Is on Google+

One comment

  1. Subash /

    I really appreciate your effort. Thank you

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