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Tip: Save hundreds by renting your textbooks.
Is it worth paying $150 for that math book?
- A book that you will not use again after the end of the quarter.
- A book that you can sell back to the bookstore for $20, if you are lucky enough that a new edition isn’t released.
Sure it's one of the worst things about college, which is why some students will go through desperate measures to combat the outrageous costs of these textbooks.
Some of the cheaper, but not always legal tactics students have used include:
- Checking an older version of the textbook out in the school library.
This method is very possible. Older versions are nearly the same as their newer counterparts, with maybe the difference of different page numbers, but in some cases the new edition is the same word for word.
- Scanning the textbooks contents, and then returning the book.
Some students have used computer scanners or have taken pictures with a digital camera of the textbook’s content and then merely returned the book for full refund. Now while this is a lengthy process, it gives the student a free digital form of the book, which they can easily sell to fellow classmates if they so desire.
- Sharing books with classmates
This is a common practice where two or more individuals buy a textbook together and then have study sessions together.
The serious money maker for college bookstores is the textbook buyback scheme.
Here the bookstore will buy back your used textbook, usually for about 10-25% of the original price, and sell it to another student for nearly the full price.
Certain online services are trying to combat this textbook monopoly.
Textbook exchange sites and other cheaper online alternatives like Amazon.com or Half.com offer a place to buy textbooks for a cheaper price.
Other methods to try and reduce the costs of textbooks include litigation. Two students in Florida are in the process of suing a collegiate bookstore chain and their school over the prices of used books.
UW, WSU offer free tuition in Washington
The rising costs of tuition can be quite a burden, especially for lower income individuals.
However, both University of Washington and Washington State University have created a program that allows students from lower income families to attend college...tuition free!
It was the University of Washington that first announced the free tuition program in September of 2006, and WSU has just recently followed suit.
The universities will cover tuition and fees for students who are state residents and who qualify for Federal Pell or State Need Grants. Eligible students would be those whose family incomes are less than 65% of the Washington's median income (about $46,500) for a family of four.
The program begins autumn quarter 2007 and will cover any future tuition increases.
The program hopes to assist these lower income students, as they are usually the first in their family to attend college. As University of Washington President Mark Emmert stated: "We believe the inability to pay should not prevent any Washington student who academically belongs here from earning a degree."
Not a bad deal considering the University of Washington is one of the best colleges in the nation.
To Qualify for Free Tuition a student must:
- Be a Washington State resident
- Be eligible for the Pell Grant or State Need Grant Programs. (Currently, the State Need Grant program funds students with family incomes at or below 65% of the state median family income.)
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Enroll full-time
- Be pursuing a first bachelor's degree
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
For more information:
If you ever need any legal assistance, check out these legal resources available for students:
- Your school's Ombudsman Office
The ombudsman office handles university complaints by students, staff, and faculty.
The office often serves as a liaison between the two conflicting parties and tries to resolve any
conflict through mediation.
- Your school's Law Library
Universities have some of the largest collection of books and resources available. Law libraries
have huge amounts of legal resources. The trick is to know what you're looking for. Usually a librarian can assist you in finding any information you need.
- Library of Congress
The law library of congress website contains huge amounts of information as well as links to related sites.
- Law clubs
Usually your school's law club can provide some basic legal assistance to fellow students
- Google Answers
Although it may cost you money, Google provides a question and answers service that is maintained by qualified researchers.
edit: Google Answers is no longer available
- New York Public Library
Although New York Public Library researchers can not necessarily provide legal advice, they provide a good reference. Every day, except Sundays and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, anyone, of any age, from anywhere can telephone (212) 340-0849 and ask almost any question. Great if you are on the run or just need some general questions answered.
- Online Legal Glossary - A useful online legal glossary provided by the state of New York
- Use free legal resources to find the info you need for free. Something that is a godsend for the typical broke college student.
Top 10 Sites for the College Student
Here is a list of the 10 most useful websites for college students:
Update: View more college websites on our student resources page.
- Chegg - Not only can Chegg save you hundreds of dollars by renting your textbooks, they have other useful tools on their site like course reviews, homework help, and a class schedule builder.
- FinAid.org - This site has every possible thing you ever need to know about financial aid and paying for college. Easily the top resource on the web on the subject.
- StudyBlue - StudyBlue is used to study and prepare for exams (and better yet, actually learn and remember the material). With StudyBlue you can create digital flashcards and use them with their free mobile app, making it great for studying on the go.
- Wikipedia Collaborative encyclopedia under a Wiki platform.
- Koofers - A nice collection of college tools: test banks full of past exams, lecture notes and study guides, professor ratings, flashcard maker, class schedule generator, and grade distribution data.
- Reddit - News site where the stories are chosen by community members rather than editors.
- RateMyProfessors - Scope out new professors for the upcoming semester and rate and review the ones you just had. A comprehensive site with tons of reviews.
- Del.icio.us Social bookmarking.
- YouTube video sharing.
- Facebook Social networking for college.
Looking to kill some time and make a little cash?
Sites like CashCrate and IPSOS are looking for college students to get paid for taking online surveys.
- Facebook Stalkers (enough said)
- Hangovers (hey it comes with drinking)
- 7am class (hey you signed up for it. Yeah, I know, that's the only
time they offered it. Even worse when combined with #2)
- 3 People to a Dorm Room (hey, give me some space)
- $120 Math Books (and the new version comes out at the end of the term, which means you can't sell it back)
- Long walks between Classes (is it legal to drive a golf cart on campus?)
- Shitty Meal Plans (hey it's food...right?)
- Prerequisites (nobody likes taking classes they have to take)
- Having todo Homework while there's a Party going on (priorities...priorities)
- RA's (leave me alone!)
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