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August 2016
Next Generation

The Freshman Fifteen Hundred

Every year college freshmen sped anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on unused items including textbooks they may open once and some may not event be touched. 

Here are some tips fron FAI in order to keep you or your college student prepared for what lays ahead and acquire the most out of the first year in college. 

A recent study showed that on average students spend $1,300 on text books each year.1

Here are the best places for your student to purchase textbooks other than the college bookstore:

  1. Text Book Rentals –
    Enter in the ISBN number and locate the book you are looking for. Note that older editions are cheaper, but the information may not be correct.
  2. Book Renter –
    Enter in the ISBN number and choose the option to rent or buy your textbooks. Free shipping both ways! You can save hundreds this way.
  3. Chegg –
    This is another option for renting your books.
  4. Amazon –
    You can find just about everything on Amazon. Look for the cheapest books, but beware of the shipping prices. Amazon Student Prime is going to be the best option in order to get free shipping for most of the books. With your school email address, you will not be charged, for Prime Account, for the first 6 months.
  5. Use the library at your school and rent the books for free! Use them when you need them.
  6. Find an older student or a recent graduate who may be willing to sell you their textbooks for a good price.

Now that you are on your way and have your books, don’t forget a few more tips to keep in mind:

 - Keep looking for Grants that pop up later in the year.

 - Don’t skip orientation.

 - Don’t pick the 8am classes, unless you are a morning person or you have to (this is not going to be like high school).

 - Call home often.

 - Talk to your professors and ask questions.  


Good luck and have fun!


1 “Averages Estimated Undergraduate Budgets 2015-16." N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2016.

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Gabriella Colarusso

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