Beginning this fall, students at Loyola University New Orleans, Dillard University and Nunez Community College can save as much as half off the cost of regular college textbooks by using recycled books.
Loyola's bookstore, run by the Follett Higher Education Group, will launch its Rent-A-Text program, which allows students to rent books for their courses instead of purchasing them new. Students are allowed to highlight and mark in the books, and they also have the option of buying the texts at the end of the term. Students can order their books online or purchase them in the bookstore.
The Follet groups says Rent-A-Text's pilot program saved students at seven universities nearly $2 million on their books in one semester.
The program is expected to reach more than 500 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year. — Sarah Eddington