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Tempering the Cost of College Books

November 29, 2008

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Tempering the Cost of College Books

By: Joe Bella

One of the most demanding investments we make in our college years is in college books. When I was in school, both in undergraduate and graduate school, though I was an English Lit major, my books were from 100 to 500 dollars a semester.

I went about the first week of the semester feeling so sorry for myself . . . until I saw some of the other major’s college books and prices: psychology, 100; engineering, 200; math, 200. But keep in mind there are alternatives today, thanks to in large part the Internet.

First, you have to get over the elitist attitude that you need all brand new books. If the book is available on the shelf in the college bookstore used, go for it. Or check the used bookstores in town: for anyone living in the San Francisco Bay Area, that is much more of a possibility, as we have Moe’s Books in Berkeley, Green Apple Books on Clement Street, and hundreds of independent bookstores.

As well, sites like the world-renowned EBay give us access to booksellers the world over, and you can usually (if you don’t have time to bid on a book, as you need it within a week) take the “Buy Now” option. EBay sellers, from my experience thus far, are fast. I have gotten books mailed from the UK to the US in under five days!

Next, there are appropriate venders outside of EBay online. Here are a few that my own students have used over the years:

NEW COLLEGE BOOKS
http://www.textbookx.com/

NEW/USED COLLEGE BOOKS
http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/textbooks/index.asp?r=1&popup=0
http://www.campusbooks.com/
http://www.ecampus.com/
http://www.bookbyte.com/
http://www.cheapesttextbooks.com/ (this site is an amalgamation, a search engine for all the connecting bookstores online)

Another strategy you might have seen—unless you just started school and have not seen the campus facilities, yet—is the common bulletin board system: you post a request for a particular title along with your phone number outside of the department, in the cafeteria, and wherever else a bulletin board allows public postings. (Be sure you have gotten approval for posting from the associated students or others, who will date stamp your ad, else the flyers can and might be torn down.)

There’s one more strategy that some of my students have tried—sometimes with great success, other times with not so great success: two people share in the cost of a new college book. They take turns using the book, especially since they live together and/or are in the same class.

But by the same token that peer group workers can have one peer who is flaky or who takes on in the middle of the semester or who has a tragedy hit (when he or she has the necessary materials and cannot get them to the group), so might you encounter a sharer of your source materials, just when it is your turn to use one and just when the partner is nowhere to be found. Of course, some students have taken the expense of photocopying chapters, but that seems to be overkill (of time and nerves), especially now that we have tools to enhance our book-buying experience.

Author Resource:-> Joe enjoys academics at reasonable costs for student and faculty alike. Here is his new book and ebook resource: Book Resources

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Don’t Underestimate The Value Of College Scholarships

November 28, 2008

A good article about college scholarships by Sandra Stammberger!
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Free Scholarships: Know The Resources And Reach Your Goal!

By: Sandra Stammberger
How can you get free scholarships? Learn about the several sources of information about scholarships you want to apply for.

• FREE on-line Scholarship searching. The Student Financial Aid in your school can access you FREE on-line scholarship searching through several web facilities.

  • FastWEB is the Internet’s leading scholarship search service helping students in making decisions and shaping their lives in choosing a college, paying for college and finding jobs and internships.
  • SRN Express is a free web version of the Scholarship Resource Network (SRN) database containing listings of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral education that are mostly portable, private-sector and non-need-based aid.
  • CollegeNet’s Mach 25 Search is a free version of the Wintergreen/Orchard House Scholarship Finder database (updated annually) provided on the web by CollegeNET free.

It contains the listings of more than 500,000 private sector awards including school- specific awards from 1,570 sponsors with an estimated $1 billion in scholarship money using residential, personal, academic, organizational affiliation and general criteria to matching the student’s profile against the award listings.

The student is able to view results of briefed detailed formats, save individual award in their profile and generate letters to request additional information.

  • College Board’s Scholarship Search is a free web version of the College Board’s FUND FINDER scholarship database updated annually containing listings of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources.
  • Sallie Mae’s College Answer Scholarship Search Service provides to an award database containing more than 2.4 million scholarships worth over 15 billion dollars expanded and updated daily by Sallie Mae College Answer’s partner Scholarship Experts.

• The Office of Student Financial Aid Bulletin Board. It provides information about some private scholarships and materials needed for scholarship application.

• The Admission Office. The students will know about Merit-based scholarships awarded for incoming freshmen based on review Admissions applications submitted to their school.

• The Athletic Department. Athletic scholarships should be directed to the appropriate Intercollegiate Athletic Coaches.

• The Major Department. The academic department provides information about scholarships related to your field of study.

• The Fenwick Library. The students can find a number of research resources related to financial aid and scholarships.

• The Public libraries. The reference sections of public libraries often have many college financing resources.

• High School Guidance Counselors. Information regarding scholarships is generally restricted for graduating high school seniors can be accessed from the high school guidance counselor.

• Bookstores. These establishments, like public libraries have large section of materials about financing a college education and these references contain valuable scholarship information.

• Internet Resources. The information about financial aid and scholarships on the internet is rapidly increasing particularly some World Wide Web Sites contain very extensive financial aid/ scholarship resource information.

• The Employers. Your employer may grant scholarship or your parent’s employer may also have scholarships available for employees or dependents of employees.

• Churches, civic, public service organizations. You can inquire with your churches or any of the various civic organizations to find out for available scholarships.

Remember that most of civic groups are requiring some sort of family affiliation with the organization.

• Private Scholarship Search Services. There are many scholarship search services providing information for a fee dependent on the amount of services provided however, it is advised to try all free resources about scholarship search services.

Author Resource:-> S. Stammberger is the editor of Scholarship

Center. Learn all you need to know about scholarships and how to apply correctly.

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