What do college students believe is a reasonable cost for class materials? How does the cost of the materials affect them? What recommendations do they have for improving textbook affordability?  We will hear from leading researchers what 10,000 public college students in Washington state and 22,000 public college and university students in Florida had to say about the impact of textbook costs on their education.

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Washington Community & Technical Colleges Student Association (WACTCSA) partnered in 2017 to conduct a survey to:

  • gauge students’ threshold of what is considered low cost for course materials
  • explore the influence of cost of course materials on students’ academic practices
  • document students’ recommendations for strategies to improve the affordability of course materials.

The Florida Virtual Campus has conducted three surveys since 2010 on the impact textbook costs are having on higher education affordability, success, and completion at their public institutions.  Key findings include:

  • the high cost of textbooks is negatively impacting student access, success, and completion
  • college students are paying more than university students for textbooks and other course materials
  • financial aid covers fewer textbook costs in 2016 than in 2012.

When: Wednesday, Feb 21st 11am PT/ 2pm ET

Featured Speakers:

  • Boyoung Chae, PhD, Policy Associate of eLearning and Open Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC).
  • Robin Donaldson, PhD, Director Instructional Research and Membership, Florida Virtual Campus


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Slides now available:

College Textbook Affordability Student Survey Findings from Una Daly