Course materials can be very expensive and cause a significant financial strain on students. In fact, according to the New Jersey Public Interest Group (NJPIRG), Rutgers students spend an average of $1,500 annually on their course materials alone.
Take Action at Rutgers University:
- Talk to your instructors about the Open and Affordable Textbooks Program—we’ve already saved students over $2 million, and your class could be next!
- Look for OAT classes in the course catalog. These are courses that have been updated to use low- and no-cost materials.
- Before you buy, check the Libraries. Make sure your course materials aren't in our course reserves area. Do a QuickSearch for required/recommended e-books, journal articles, films, and streaming media.
- Reach out to NJPIRG. They have some great statistics about textbook costs and work to raise the visibility of this issue on campus.