Mesa State will rent textbooks at lower cost than buying


Mesa State College officials announced Tuesday they will launch a pilot textbook rental program this fall, giving students a lower-priced alternative to purchasing books for class.

For the fall semester, the college will make available for rent textbooks for geology, psychology, mass communications and kinesiology courses.

The rental fee for the books will be 40 percent less than the price of a new textbook and 25 percent less than the price of a used textbook. The books included in the pilot project had to meet certain criteria, including being a new edition that cost $100 or more new and that faculty committed to using for two years. The books also had to be for a course in which at least 100 students were enrolled, college spokeswoman Dana Nunn said.

College officials say more textbooks will be added to rental program assuming the pilot project is successful.

“This is part of our continued effort to provide student-focused services aimed at maintaining low costs and convenience,” John Marshall, Mesa State vice president for student services, said in a prepared statement.

Mesa State bookstore manager Tracy Brodrick designed the college’s textbook rental program based on programs at other colleges and universities.


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