Billeater: Higher Education Opportunity Act Helps Save Money on College Textbooks


As the new legislation for college students allowing the textbook search to be more competitive and provide sales of textbooks online took effect in July there has been a change in national book retail stores across the country. The Higher Education Opportunity Act was created to provide college students with a book list when they register for classes so they can search for and buy or rent books earlier, taking advantage of lower costs via online sales and used book purchases. These companies are also offering buy-back programs to offset the costs the students have been paying for textbooks. In the recent years, textbooks have been costing students up to $1,200 a year.

Buy-back programs pay for used books with university store credit or cash, depending on the book condition and where it was purchased. Be sure to return books to the same store where you bought them and don’t forget to bring you receipt. Books must be in good condition, without excessive highlighting or underlining in the chapters.

Before the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, students were forced to buy their books at the college bookstore. Internet book stores now offer books online for purchase or rent. You can even buy digital books. However, students must be careful to order to correct book for the course curriculum.

Each student needs to understand exactly what the college class is using and insure the book bought is the correct version and volume the professor is teaching. The college bookstore will always have the correct book if you are unable to find it online. Just be sure to take your course requirements with you to ensure you buy the right book.

Some websites offering textbook purchase and rental include:

  • Barnes & Noble ( can get you deals at Barnes and Noble, Campus Book Rentals and Chegg, so check them out under the “Stores” tab. Just type in the name and you’ll see all the coupon offers available.

Be aware that not all bookstores offer these programs to every college. Research the college you are attending and find the bookstore that deals in books for that college. This is a great opportunity to find your textbook deals on the internet and in bookstores without relying solely on the college bookstore.

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!

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  1. jerod202

    5 years ago

    The new was def. a big help in saving money. The campus bookstore is nothing than a rip off anyway.


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