Impact of Textbook Costs on WSU Students

Impact of Textbook Costs on WSU Students


BAILEY PAGE: Sometimes I don’t
get my textbooks on time, because I wait until I
can find something that’s a little less expensive, or I
don’t get the right textbook, because it’s an older edition. I’m currently going
through a class right now where I have
the previous edition, and I don’t have
any of the content that I need for that class. SOFIA BASTIDA: If I
hear from other people about taking the class
recently, and they say oh, we don’t really need
the textbook, then I won’t purchase the textbook. JAGJEET GILL: Most
of the time it’s having to forego
textbooks, and only buy materials that are necessary. COLLIN DAVIS: Pretty much
after my freshman year I stopped buying textbooks,
unless it’s really, really required, like I know
for a fact that I’m going to need it for the class. DAVID WRIGHT: I buy a textbook
but then for $100 something, but we hardly use that textbook. So it’s just kind of harsh. ELLIE HENRETTY: I’m
on a scholarship. And so I focus a lot on what
I need to pay for tuition. And of course my family helps
a lot but, a lot of the time it’s asking family
members to see if they can help kind of thing. BAILEY PAGE: I actually
have picked up crocheting, and I sell my crochet work
to pay for my textbooks. I don’t always
make enough though, so I have to dip into my savings
account, which I don’t really want to do, because that’s
for my cost of living. JAGJEET GILL: It’s either
having to not buy textbooks, or foregoing food, or
something of a sort, to make up so that I
can buy my textbooks. COLLIN DAVIS: It effects how
I do my grocery shopping, and whether I can pay
my rent on time, and all this little stuff,
because it’s just such a huge chunk of money. BRIDGETTE BACON:
Healthy food mostly. It’s a lot cheaper to buy
like Top Ramen and everything, rather than actually going out
and buying fresh vegetables. BAILEY PAGE: We definitely ate like
Top Ramen for like three weeks, right after I had to buy
my textbooks this semester.

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