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Options Exist to Address the Rising Cost of Textbooks for Florida’s College Students, Report No. 08-29, April 2008
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  • The cost of college textbooks and required course materials has increased faster than inflation, and averages about $120 per course for common undergraduate classes.  Textbook costs vary by discipline, and are highest for life sciences, physical sciences, business, and mathematics courses.  Prices are typically a little lower from on-line and privately owned bookstores than on-campus stores.
  • Most of Florida’s community colleges and universities have taken steps to address textbook costs, including providing faculty guidelines, providing library access to required books, and sponsoring buy-back programs.  Some states have also enacted legislation to help contain textbook costs, including mandating disclosure of prices and edition changes, requiring postsecondary institutions to adopt textbook policies, and prohibiting faculty from receiving payments from publishers for requiring specific textbooks and course materials.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors
Instructional Materials

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-49 Florida Colleges and Universities Are Addressing Textbook Affordability, published in July 2010

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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