How Can Fast Colorado College Students Go Broke Buying Textbooks?
Western Colorado college students return to classes August 22, and that means they'll fork over big bucks for tuition, and... for books. Just how much does a college textbook cost nowadays? Here are a few examples.
If one were to travel back in time to Mesa State College of 1988, a textbook costing $50 would be painful, but not uncommon. In some instances, a book could run as high as $100. Fortunately, most were in the $30-$40 range.
The Colorado Mesa University web page offers a service where students can compare textbook prices between the CMU bookstore and other outlets. For the purpose of determining how much one might spend in a single semester, all of the books in this example are from 100 level General Ed courses. Check out these examples:
If a student were to take a light load of classes, these four listed above for example, and bought only used copies of the required textbooks, the total would be as follows:
Total = $560.50
Well, I guess none of them will be able to afford to retire anytime soon. Here's looking forward to a good paying job, and the opportunity to attempt to pay off these books.