Joe Neguse Wants to Make College Textbooks More Affordable
Over the course of a year, the average college student spends more than $1,000 on books -- and this is despite a growing online market for discounted books. The average cost of college textbooks has risen four times faster than the rate of inflation over the past 10 years. That has caused 65% of students to skip buying required texts at some point in their college career because of a lack of affordability. Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), the first Eritrean American to be elected to Congress, is hoping to provide more affordable alternatives. He introduced this month the Affordable College Textbook Act which would expand the use of free, open access textbooks on college campuses instead of the more expensive traditional textbooks. “As we look at addressing the high-cost (sic) of college, we need to look at everything from textbooks to tuition. Many students are already stretched thin financially to afford the education they need,” said Neguse. “My bill removes barriers to free, online textbooks, helping students save money and moving us towards more affordable higher education.” With rising higher education costs, it is often the students with the most need who are punished by high textbook costs. This bill is the Congressman’s ninth original bill he has introduced since being sworn into office, the most of any freshman member of the 116th Congress. More here.