Saving Money on Textbooks
Changes Mandated by The Higher Education Opportunity Act
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) made a number of changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), including adding a provision designed to lower the costs of course materials and increase the transparency of their prices. The central features of this new provision are requirements for textbook publishers and institutions of higher education that will provide greater transparency of pricing information at the time faculty members select texts for the classes they teach and when students register for classes. These provisions, codified in section 133 of the HEA, take effect on July 1, 2010.
An institution of higher education receiving Federal financial assistance is required, to the maximum extent practicable, to post verified textbook pricing information for both required and recommended materials for each class on the institution’s online course schedule or linked to the course schedule from another site, such as a college-designated bookstore, in a manner of the institution’s choosing. This pricing information must include:
- The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of the materials charged by the institution or a bookstore on the campus of, or otherwise associated with, the institution.
- If no ISBN is available, the author, title, publisher, and copyright date of the textbook or supplemental material.
- If the institution determines that disclosure of this pricing information is not practicable for some reason, the designation of “To Be Determined (TBD)” in lieu of the required pricing information.
Implementation at Loyola:
Loyola's Bookstore offers a number of options to students. Click on the "books" tab on the left side of the menu bar on the top of the page. Many students have utilized the option to rent textbooks. You can also do an online search by class and section for required textbooks.
Upon request from a professor, Loyola's Library will put material, including textbooks, on reserve.
Additional Resources on the Web
These are just some of the options we found when we did a google search.
- Textbook Revolt is a free textbook exchange program. Students offer used books and ask for the ones they want, free of charge.
- The Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign is a coalition of Student PIRGs and Student Government Associations in fourteen states who are working to make college more affordable.
- Discount Textbooks - this web page has links to a number of discount suppliers of used textbooks
- 4 Ways to Get Free College Textbooks from U.S. News and World Reports
- e-Textbooks: The "e" is for "expensive"
Updated August 15, 2013