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Q: Average expenditure on college textbooks ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Average expenditure on college textbooks
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: andrewxyz-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 11 Aug 2004 06:52 PDT
Expires: 10 Sep 2004 06:52 PDT
Question ID: 386380
On average, how much do college students spend on textbooks per
semester or per year?  Please provide one or more references I can
cite in a paper.
Subject: Re: Average expenditure on college textbooks
Answered By: ephraim-ga on 11 Aug 2004 07:33 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

According to "Ripoff 101: How the Current Practices of the Textbook
Industry Drive Up the Cost of College Textbooks," the answer (for the
University of California in 2003-2004) is about $898.

The report is available from the California Public Interest Research
Group (CALPIRG):

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The above paper references one by US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
which found that the "average NY freshman or sophomore will pay $922
for books this year." You can read Schumer's press release at [

Search Strategy:

I used the following search (which only provided two "hits") to find
the title of the Ripoff 101 report and used that report to find the
Schumer report.

"average spending" "college textbook"

[ ://

I hope this helps you in your research! Feel free to ask for
clarification if needed.

andrewxyz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Excellent response and very quick turn-around! Thank you, Ephraim.

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