Mapping Your Financial Journey: Helping Adults Plan for College
Cope with College Costs

Saving Money on Fees and Books


To save money on fees:

Check with the registrar’s office before paying your fees to learn if any of them are optional. For example, you may not have to pay student sports facility fees if you won’t be working out on campus.

To save money on books:

Get reading lists for each class from the campus bookstore before classes begin. Note the titles, dates, and authors of the books and the bookstore price. (For textbooks, it’s important to get the correct edition!) Find out if the bookstore sells used books and what the prices are. Then search used book and textbook websites and see if you can find the books for less money. Be sure to consider shipping costs, availability, and delivery time.

Try used-book and book-closeout websites for reference books such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or style manual. While you may not be able to get all your books for less, buying even a few of them at lower prices will help stretch your budget.

Finally, take care of your books. If they’re in good shape and in demand, you may be able to sell them back to the campus bookstore when the class is over. Money earned by selling used books will help you buy books for future classes.

 

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