HBCU Tackles the High Cost of College Textbooks

TennesseestateuniversitysealTennessee State University in Nashville will launch a new program this fall aimed at lowering the cost of textbooks for its students. The new program will allow first- and second-year students to buy electronic books for general education classes instead of traditional paper textbooks. Students could save as much as $735 per semester.

Under the program, students will pay a flat fee of $365 for the e-books. The fee will be included in regular tuition payments. For students who want paper copies, they can obtain them for an additional charge of $15 to $20 per book. The university hopes to expand the program to juniors and seniors in the future.

gglover11162010Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University, stated that “many of our students would go weeks before they even purchase a textbook, which in turn hurts them in the classroom. This new program allows students to have books the first day of class and gives them the ability to be successful since they will have the required materials.”

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