College textbook prices soar, students find other options to save money

A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds the price of college textbooks has soared as students find alternatives to save money.

The study found through interviews with faculty members that class instructors typically prioritize choosing the best materials for a course over pricing and format considerations. 

It also noted, however, that instructors are more aware of affordability issues than they used to be.

Among many findings, the report found that the cost of textbooks have jumped 82 percent in the last decade. 

Students are finding new ways to get the materials outside of the typical campus bookstore. 

Students are using unauthorized websites to download books, borrowing books, and saving as much as 40 percent by buying used or digital books.

Read the full report: http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655066.pdf

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