The cost of college text books

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The start of college is an exciting time for students, but as they start the new chapters in their lives, their pockets are getting emptied by books.

Andrew Hoag is one of many college students who needs a new set of books for the start of the semester, and during these times he won't rely on his parents to foot the bill.

"I've decided that I'm paying for my books because I don't want to put that burden on my dad," said Hoag. "[The books are] a lot more expensive than I thought, and it's usually paid out of pocket."

"My brother is actually a sophomore now so I kind of knew what to expect, but I'm spending more than him," said student Matt Mobray.

Buying used books or searching for lower costs online is another option, but that doesn't always work out.

Hoag's total for six classes ended up being close to $600 for all used books, but he said some of his friends are paying close to $1,000 for books.

Some universities are going green and offering textbooks on Kindle.  It saves paper and slashes the cost.

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