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Department of Education Says Yes to Textbooks in Tuition

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Education should be easily accessible for everyone. We are very pleased that the Department of Education has introduced rules that will make it simpler for students to get the textbooks they need.

Starting on July 1, 2016, higher ed institutions will be allowed to include the cost of textbooks and supplies in students’ tuition and fees. This ruling reduces the burden that traditional hardcover textbooks place on students and schools. Now that textbooks will be grouped with tuition and fees, students can use Title IV funds to cover their cost.

The ruling also covers digital textbooks, allowing students to access their eTexts instantly online. Long bookstore lines will be a thing of the past. Institutions can manage their eTexts easily with the confidence that students will be ready to learn right from the first day of class. Read more about the ruling here.

What are your thoughts on having textbook and supply costs added to tuition and fees? Let us know in the comments below.


Liz MacDougall

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