The cost of textbooks is increasing and putting financial strains on students as some fall behind in classes because they chose to not buy expensive textbooks or they chose to wait until the prices fall.

On average, a student from a four-year public college spends $1,200 only on textbooks, according to the College Board. Some students were able to use old editions or e-Books to decrease the costs.

Renting textbooks is another option for the students, but they cannot highlight or write in the book or sell it back. If they are able to sell back their books, students will get less than half of what they paid for.

New projects such as open textbooks and online libraries are expected to help decrease the costs but for now, students are continuing to make the tough choice between buying textbooks and their education.

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