College Freshmen Facing Sticker Shock

This year, freshmen will be experiencing sticker shock as they wade into the world of exorbitant college textbook prices.

‘Sticker shock will hit many college freshmen when they head to the bookstore this fall. With the average new text costing more than $100, the typical student can expect to spend more than $900 a year on books. In 2003-04, the average textbook cost $102.44 and the average student spent about $900 a year on textbooks, according to the GAO and a separate survey by the CalPIRG Higher Education Project. Today, the average book would cost almost $115, given the rate of textbook inflation.’


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