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Reduce College Costs by Renting Textbooks

Most college students are looking for a way to reduce their college expenses. After all, tuition costs are on the rise and many students are finding it increasingly difficult to find part-time jobs that they can work while attending school. Therefore, it is essential to find as many ways as possible to save money on college costs. One way you can do this is to rent your textbooks rather than buy them.

Renting College Textbooks

Renting college textbooks is a very simple process. In fact, after you obtain the ISBN number of the book you need to purchase, you simply look that number up on the rental company's Website. Then, after you place the order, the textbook will arrive at your doorstep. Once you are finished with the textbook, you simply mail it back in the box that the rental company supplies to you.

In order to avoid being hit with late fees, it is essential to mail your rented textbook back by the due date. If you need to keep the textbook beyond the due date, however, most textbook rental companies will allow you to request and to receive an extension so long as you request the extension before the due date arrives. Also, if you decide that you want to keep the book, most companies will also allow you to purchase the book rather than return it.

Buying College Textbooks

Buying college textbooks is different from renting textbooks because you need to either visit a bookstore to purchase your book or you need to purchase your book from an online bookstore. In average, renting a textbook will cost 50 to 85 percent less than buying a new textbook. Although the savings is not quite as significant when you purchase a used textbook, renting a textbook is less costly than purchasing a used textbook. Furthermore, in order to recover some of your costs, you will have to sell your textbook back to the campus bookstore or you will need to find someone who is willing to purchase the book from you.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with purchasing used textbooks in order to save money in college, you will usually save more money when you rent your books instead. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about the hassles of selling back a textbook when you rent your college textbooks. Rather, you know exactly how much you will be saving right from the beginning when you rent your textbook.

The bottom line is that there are not many cost-saving options available to college students. Considering the state of the economy and the budget problems that colleges are facing, which is resulting in an increase in tuition and other fees, it is essential to find as many ways as possible to save money. By renting your textbooks, you can keep a little extra money in your pocket where it belongs.

 

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