Textbook Assistance Programs

Topics: Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid

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Rising textbook costs hinder the ability of underserved student populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation, full-time working) to matriculate and succeed in higher education. This report profiles programs that increase accessibility and affordability of textbooks for at-risk populations and recommends strategies to convert pilot programs serving a small group of students into campus-wide initiatives that decrease textbook costs for all students.

Research Questions

  • What are the financial and non-financial components of textbook assistance at other institutions?
  • How do administrators coordinate with faculty members, bookstores, and publishers to decrease textbook costs?
  • Do programs address both short-term affordability as well as long-term access to textbooks?