By: Ashley Neeley

For hard-working students on a tight budget, prices can get pretty steep when it comes to purchasing course materials. As a college senior, I know a thing or two because I have learned a thing or two. Here are a few things you can do to not break the bank on textbooks.

Wait until syllabus week: The campus bookstore’s site is not always up to date on the materials necessary for class, so it’s in your best interest to hear directly from the professor what they’ll require for their class. At this time, students can see if they necessarily need to purchase the course textbook, or if it’s recommended. Some teachers will even let students use their books—they’ll either let people take pictures of the page or put them up in Kaplan Library.

Explore beyond the campus bookstore: Many students, especially freshmen or transfers, think the best way to obtain their course materials is through the bookstore—it’s not! Senior Olivia Mantero says, “I assumed all books had to be purchased through the bookstore, so I spent quite a bit of money on them my freshman year.” Websites like Amazon and Chegg are great places to find books for a fraction of the price.

Don’t buy new textbooks: Rent, borrow or, better yet, google search the texts because sometimes there are free pdfs online. Renting or borrowing books from a friend are great ways to save money, and, if you’re lucky, there may be some notes from the last person.“Renting is also just nicer as I don’t have to keep them forever,” says Senior Victoria/Victor Archuleta.          Follow these tips and your wallet will thank you. With the money you save, you can treat yourself—DoorDash from your favorite restaurant!