More US students believe they don't need to buy textbooks, survey finds

July 14, 2015

A report by the National Association of College Stores (NACS) has found that an increasing number of students are not purchasing textbooks for university courses because the students find them to be unnecessary. The survey examined undergraduates on 23 American campuses and found that students spent an average of $563 on course materials during the 2014–15 academic year compared with $638 the year before. While it is true that the rise of textbook-rental programs might contribute to this lower figure, the report’s project manager also noted that most students who do not buy textbooks “see the materials as recommendations rather than requirements.” Chronicle of Higher Education | NACS