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10/29/2009
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New technology that has recently entered the marketplace could mean significant savings for students on textbooks.  The Student PIRGs conducted this survey of college students to provide a snapshot their attitudes toward "high tech textbooks."

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08/01/2008
Report

The Student PIRGs conducted this study to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution.  Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles, we confirm three fundamental criteria – affordability, printing options, and accessibility.  We found that publishers’ digital “e-textbooks” fail to meet these criteria, and that an emerging form of digital textbooks – open textbooks – are a perfect match. (August 2008)

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07/30/2008
News Release

Marking the first major federal action to curb the skyrocketing cost of college textbooks, Congress approved legislation today that will bring down prices for millions of students.

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06/24/2008
Report

In 2007 Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The bill included several provisions to lessen the burden of student debt including:

  • More than two billion dollars a year in additional funding for the Pell Grant program. The Pell Grant helps more than 5 million lower-income students each year.
  • A new Income-Based Repayment program that allows student loan borrowers to repay their federal loans as a percentage of their income. 
  • Reductions in interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans.
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