“We are definitely leading the way among Ohio’s colleges and universities on textbook affordability,” said Dan Krane, a WSU professor who also serves as chairman of the university’s affordability and efficiency task force.
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The pilot project was able to save students money because it increases Wright State’s bargaining power by negotiating the price of textbooks with bookstores for all students rather than just one. Wright State’s bookstore operator is Barnes & Noble, according to the school.
Wright State isn’t the only are university that’s tried to cut down on textbook costs in recent years. The University of Dayton started giving out a $4,000 book scholarship to students who visit campus and fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA.
Wittenberg University launched a price management program with Barnes & Noble last year and Miami University and a few other schools have started offering open source educational materials that are free to use or copy.
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