For something that you only use for three or four months of your life, textbooks are really expensive. In addition to the surge in tuition pricing, traditionally poor college students are getting their wallets wrung harder every year by the textbook industry. We at Campus Book Rentals took a dive into how much textbook prices affect undergraduate students and the results were shocking.
Here’s the summary; undergrads pay an average of $1,200 per year for textbooks. That equates to $4,800 for four years of college. If a student uses financial aid they’re looking at paying $17,115 for their college books. If you break it down for $17,000 a student can buy 130,769 packages of Top Ramen, 177 years of a Netflix subscription and 26.2 iPhone 7’s. To make it more interesting, $17,000 is what an average family spends per year on housing in the United States. Books aren’t cheap, but we’re doing our best to lower the cost and pass the savings to you. If you’re interested in the average cost of your major’s textbooks, check out the Priceonomics breakdown.
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