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ERIC Number: ED497026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 95
Abstractor: ERIC
Turn the Page: Making College Textbooks More Affordable. A Report of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
This report notes that although textbook prices comprise just one component of the price of attending college, such outlays are very frustrating to students and their parents. There has been a groundswell of criticisms against publishers, bookstores, and institutions of higher education that has translated into a mandate for action to make textbooks more affordable. The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance offers various short-term solutions, such as textbook rental programs, and increasing financial aid to cover textbook expenses for students who cannot afford them. Efforts such as collaboration among faculty and institutions, innovations in alternative textbook formats among traditional and nontraditional publishers, and the increasing use of digital technologies to meet student and faculty demands for appropriate learning materials are offered as longer term solutions. Some of the recommendations, such as increasing donations of textbooks to libraries, which can then in turn lend them to students, appear to be less practical than others. The following are appended: (1) Congressional Letter Requesting a Study on College Textbook Affordability; (2) Textbook Study Field Hearing Panelists; (3) Advisory Committee Members and Staff; and (4) Authorizing Legislation. (Contains 2 exhibits and 112 endnotes.)
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. 80 F Street NW Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582. Tel: 202-219-2099; Fax: 202-219-3032; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A