SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– College students across Western Mass. are getting ready for the upcoming semester, and with that will come a lot of expenses. 22news is working for you with some money saving tips on one of the big out of pocket costs to students.
One of the biggest out of pocket expenses to students after tuition is their textbooks.
Some research shows the average college student spends about $1,200 on text books each year of school, with some individual books costing upwards of $300 each.
College students at Western New England University, in Springfield, told 22News before their first semester they spent as much as $900 for their books, and that science majors generally tend to have more expensive books.
But there are ways to save many school stores offer book rentals as one option.
Buying used always cuts on the cost, and shopping around online can save you money too. Several websites offer used books even cheaper than the school store, but that requires planning ahead.
“Especially when you run out of time, like that’s the worst part because with amazon you have to check out the shipping time and you may not have your books on the first day where as if you just go to the school it’s more money, but you have the books anyway, so it’s a lot more stress-free,” Teresa Garlick, a junior at WNEU, said.
Other money saving options include downloading only the portions of the textbook you will need, as many of them have gone digital.