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College students face high textbook prices

Some students look online to find cheaper options than the campus bookstore. (Source: WECT) Some students look online to find cheaper options than the campus bookstore. (Source: WECT)
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Students at the UNC Wilmington started fall classes Wednesday, and they had the pricey textbooks to prove it.

Some students said they spent up to $500 on books this semester.

A 2015 NBC News review says the price of textbooks has increased by 1,041 percent since 1977.

“I don’t think it’s okay just because tuition is crazy expensive,” Courtney Rothers, transfer student, said. “I think they should help us out with our books at least. But I don’t know. I mean the bookstore has to make money too so I can see why they do that but then again it’s just like please help us out, you know?”

Selling books back at the end of the semester can be a struggle too since some books are then considered outdated.

“The courses do change,” David Kennar, sophomore, said. “One year a teacher will use this edition of a book, and then the next year use the same book, the same basic book, but a different edition. But the edition’s pricier.”

Many students said they look for books online in addition to buying them at the campus bookstore.

Others rent books for cheaper fees or find scholarships to pay for them.

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