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College students search for ways to save on textbook costs

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With the cost of textbooks on the rise, some college students are trying not to break the bank before they even turn in their first homework assignment.  

As a new freshmen at Rockford University, Alex Johnson attended his first class on Wednesday. And as part of the college experience, he had to purchase textbooks.  Alex says he used the money he received as a gift from his high school graduation to buy them.  

His total came out to about $275. Alex knew this shopping trip would be expensive, but his final bill still came as a surprise. "I don't really like spending that much money," he says.

With some individual textbooks costing upwards of $300. To keep cost down, students and teachers have found some new ways to get a hold of their learning materials.

"I actually rented them so originally it would have been like $509," says Alex. Students who chose to rent their books have to return them on the last day of the fall semester.

Even some professors, like Dr. Catherine Forslund look for ways of their own to keep books from costing students an arm and a leg. "I look to see what's available, I look for pricing, whether books are rentable or not, whether they're available as e-books. I know for a lot of our students book costs is a major burden for them and their families," she says.

Buying digital books is also gaining popularity on college campuses like Rockford University, but some students still prefer the version that comes with binding and a cover.   

"I like to be physically turn my own pages and highlight them," says Bobbi Jozsa, a Junior.

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