Monday, August 2, 2010

UIS tries out textbook rental program

College textbook costs have risen at four times the rate of inflation and can add several hundred dollars to a student's annual education bill.

But students at the University of Illinois Springfield may be able to reduce some of those costs this fall with a Rent-A-Text program being offered through the UIS Bookstore, which is operated by Follett Corp.

Tim Barnett, vice chancellor for student affairs, said it was up to UIS to participate in the rental program.

"We said we'd try it for a year and see how it goes," he said.

Barnett said 20 faculty members have put rental books on their class lists, and students will have 285 titles to choose from.

The textbook rental story was featured in a August 1, 2010, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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