Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paying for College: Buying Books

The cost of textbooks is a major concern for both students and educators. In 2011 the Maricopa County Community College District replaced the somewhat limited Book Voucher with the much more flexible Book Advance. This change means that students who rely on student aid to cover their costs still have the flexibility to purchase books at the best available price from any source.

Although the prices from a third party retailer or online auction may be tempting, there are quite a few advantages to buying course materials from the Rio Salado College bookstore.

  • Buying books from the RSC bookstore is the easiest way to ensure that students have the correct textbook edition and course materials for their RSC course and section. 
  • Customized textbooks created through the Textbook Savings Program are only available at the RSC bookstore. 
  • The textbook buyback program offers up to 50% of the original purchase price for national editions and 20% for custom editions. 
  • The RSC bookstore compare and save tool helps students compare prices before making a purchase. 

Note: Some students prefer to buy and sell books using Facebook, RioLounge, and even Craigslist. While these options are not discouraged, it's important to consider the risks and use common sense when arranging these types of transactions.