The Credit CARD Act protects students from shady on-campus marketing, puts limits on insane interest rates, bans unfair billing practices, and requires fairer fees and better disclosure about fees and penalties.
OSPIRG, together with Oregon Student Association and the Bus Project, helped pioneer a youth voter mobilization model that is now utilized successfully across the country.
The Student PIRGs conducted this study to evaluate options from the traditional textbook market - rentals, e-books and e-readers - and open textbooks as potential next steps to reduce the high cost of textbooks. The report finds that student preferences vary widely, and that options like rentals and e-books only appeal to a subset of students. Open textbooks have the highest potential as a solution because they can meet the needs of all students.
BOSTON, Mass. (August 26, 2010) — Students across the country are gearing up for sticker shock over textbook prices this semester. The average student spends $900 per year on textbooks, and new calculations by OSPIRG show that costs have increased at an astounding rate: textbook wholesale prices have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the last two decades (1990-2009).
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