Online textbooks aim to ease costs for low-income students

Online alternatives to pricey college textbooks could help low-income students as skyrocketing book costs disproportionately affect those from poorer families, educators told Al Jazeera.
For wealthy students, buying textbooks is an annoyance at worst, but for low-income students, those extra fees can be the difference between a diploma and no diploma.
But with the advent of affordable online textbooks, “it doesn’t matter if they’re a wealthy student at a private university or a first-generation student at a community college,” Karen Collins, emeritus professor at Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics, said.

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Online textbooks aim to ease costs for low-income students

Online alternatives to pricey college textbooks could help low-income students as skyrocketing book costs disproportionately affect those from poorer families, educators told Al Jazeera.

For wealthy students, buying textbooks is an annoyance at worst, but for low-income students, those extra fees can be the difference between a diploma and no diploma.

But with the advent of affordable online textbooks, “it doesn’t matter if they’re a wealthy student at a private university or a first-generation student at a community college,” Karen Collins, emeritus professor at Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics, said.

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