Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I'll just quote the key findings from this report (24 page PDF) and let them speak for themselves:

  • Almost one-third (30%) of students replied that they had used financial aid to pay for their textbooks.
  • For those that used financial aid, the amount of financial aid dollars they put toward purchasing textbooks was more than $300 on average per semester.
  • Textbook prices disproportionately impact community college students.

None of this is any surprise; what is surprising is that we've just allowed the problem to continue to exist, even in the internet age when free or nearly free content should be almost a given.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 6:23 p.m.