Tuition costs rising but book discounts abound
State budget crunches nationwide are forcing public and private colleges to hike tuition and other fees. Students are protesting the rising costs which, in some cases, are adding thousands of dollars to educational costs. And those 529 college savings plans are still a bit anemic. But smart shoppers can at least find bargains on required books and textbooks for their Spring 2010 courses. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders along with Wal-Mart and Target are lowering prices of thousands of books — especially those supplemental texts that professors are fond of requiring. And the big online book retailers all provide discounted and free shipping for some textbooks. Used books are a great value, too, and you can find them online at Amazon and eBay’s Half.Com as well as at your campusl bookstore. It’s rare these days to have to pay full price for most textbooks. Chegg.com even lets you rent them. So take advantage of the deals while they last.
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