The cost of college textbooks has skyrocketed in recent years. To students and families already struggling to afford high tuition and fees, an additional $1,200 per year on books and supplies can be the breaking point.
As publishers keep costs high by pumping out new editions and selling books bundled with software, students are forced to forgo book purchases or otherwise undermine their academic progress.
This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace, high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high-priced, new editions of college textbooks comes down.
Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance. To make the most of new choices, protections and financial help, you need good information. This guide can help you find quality coverage that won’t break the bank.
We're getting ready to roll up our sleeves and fight poverty in a big way. Join us this Sunday at 9pm EST to learn how you can get involved with the national Resolve to Fight Poverty Conference at UNC Chapel Hill on Oct. 4-6.
Over the next four weeks, we're ramping up to influence the local and national dialogue about hunger and homelessness. More than 200 students from across the country will travel to Chapel Hill to get hands-on training on how to address the root causes of hunger and homelessness.
PIRG In The News
Just two days before the student loan interest rate was scheduled to double, Congress passed a measure that includes maintaining the current 3.4 percent loan interest rate for more than 7 million students.
The California Public Interest Research Group has released a new report on identity theft that should raise some eyebrows. Pulling together statistics from the High Technology Theft Apprehension and Prosecution program, the Federal Trade Commission, Javelin Strategy and Research, and other credible sources, CALPIRG paints an increasingly bleak picture concerning financial identity theft. Of greatest interest to your Guide was the information on new account fraud.
Fewer people were victims of identity theft last year than in 2010, but each person lost substantially more money, according to a new report by the California Public Interest Research Group.
California has the highest number of identity theft complaints in the nation, and the average cost to victims is skyrocketing.
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