Colleges will be starting their fall semesters within the next month or so, and one of the largest expenses students face at the beginning of the semester is the cost for text books. The National Association Of College Stores offers so tips for how to limit those expenses. In their press release, NACS reveals seven different tips to help college students reduce the overhead they face while attending college and purchasing their text books.
Most colleges allow students to sell their books back at the end of the semester. Keep this in mind when purchasing books at the beginning of your semester. Not only are these cheaper, but you might find some useful tips or notes in them as a bonus.
Make sure you know the policies of the store that you purchase your text books at. This includes making sure that you know if your book store will allow you to return text books and when the deadline is for full refunds. Also inquire if you are able to return used text books, many won’t allow used text books to be returned regardless of when they were purchased until the end of the semester. Speaking of used text books, no not make any marks in your text book or bend pages until you decide you will not be returning it. Most college book stores are very strict about how they classify books for refund when compared to classifying them as used. Make sure you save your receipts as well in case your store requires them for a refund.
Many times you can find text books online, be careful though and make sure they are the correct version and edition of the book you need for your class. When determining your needs, beware of packages that come with a text book and a study guide. If the study guide is not necessary for the class and you don’t think you will need it then there is no reason to pay the additional cost, purchase the textbook alone instead.
Many college students look forward to the end of the semester when they can get their handful of cash for returning their text books. Too often though along with the ones they used are ones that were used very little during the semester if at all. As a college student it’s important to budget wisely and that means evaluating your text book purchases using the tips above from The National Association of College Stores.
Prnewswire.com. “Save Cash: Tips for Buying Textbooks”