Buying textbooks can be painful. They’re overpriced and underused. Last semester I spent (well my parents spent) more than $400 on books. $400! That’s outrageous.
According to The College Board, students attending four-year public universities spent an average of $983 on books and supplies in the 2007 academic year, an increase of more than $300 over the previous seven years, according to The College Board.
Oklahoma legislators hope to ease this burden, though.
“The Oklahoma legislature will consider a bill this spring that would eliminate state and local sale taxes on on textbooks,” said an article in the The Daily, Oklahoma University’s student newspaper.
It was introduced by state rep. Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur and is intended to “curb the rising cost of higher education.”
This bill is a step in the right direction. Hopefully it will get passed and other states will take notice. Even at a state school higher education costs, especiallytution, keep rising year after year. They’re getting out of control. We’re not made of money.
Recently the Associated Students of the University of Missouri have been pushing for the Textbook Transparency Bill. The bill would include disclosing textbook prices to faculty,unbundling prepackaged textbooks and allowing students to use leftover financial aid to purchase textbooks from university bookstores, said a recent article in the Columbia Missourian.
It would be nice to get more money back for textbooks during the bookstore buy back. It would also be nice if certain courses stopped requiring so many books. The ultimate relief would be a reduction in textbook prices. Will any of these happen? It’s very doubtful, but eliminating sales taxes on textbooks has a shot.
Oh well, costs probably won’t go down (in fact they’ll probably go up) but I can dream.