The cost of attending college has risen at a rapid pace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the cost of tuition between 2006 and 2016 increased by 63% and the cost of textbooks increased by 88%. 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, The Economics Daily, College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/college-tuition-and-fees-increase-63-percent-since-january-2006.htm (visited November 18, 2020).
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.