The rising cost of attending college is an issue of concern. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the cost of tuition between 2011 and 2021 increased by 33%. Textbooks, an important resource for education, have seen larger increases. The price rose by 41% between 2011 and 2018, then decreased significantly. Those prices have begun to increase again since 2021. According to the Trends in College Pricing the average student at a private four-year college spends around $1,200 on books and supplies each year. This significantly impacts the affordability of college for our students.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Cost of college tuition has remained stable since September 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/cost-of-college-tuition-has-remained-stable-since-september-2019.htm (visited March 16, 2022).
Affordable Course Materials
In a 2018 study at University of Georgia, Colvard, et al. found that:
We encourage you to work with your library liaison to learn more and to begin looking for materials that will work for you.
Affordable Course Materials are materials that students can obtain for low or zero cost. Affordable Course Materials include Open Educational Resources, library licensed materials (e.g. journal articles, ebooks, streaming videos), and public online materials. Using these materials in classes help make college more affordable for students.