From elementary school through high school, students are provided their textbooks and are guaranteed access to critical learning materials on the first day of class. Traditionally, college life has not been structured this way, leaving students to find their own textbooks in a complex and increasingly expensive marketplace. This has resulted in students not always having the materials they need to succeed in college courses. Many students delay their textbook purchases weeks into the semester to find the best price, avoid purchasing textbooks altogether, or rely on peers to borrow them, making this critical component of their learning very inefficient.
Equitable Textbook Access (ETA) solves these problems by providing all students with every textbook they need by the first day of class, usually in a digital format that they prefer. While students previously spent an average of $1,100 annually for college textbooks, this program dramatically cuts costs to $250 per semester regardless of major.
This significant cost reduction has many benefits, one of the most prominent being that students will no longer need to weigh the cost of course materials as a factor in choosing a major, nor start their classes without the materials that set them up for success. In addition, knowing the cost of textbooks in advance will allow both students and parents to plan and budget without having to face the uncertainty of textbook costs.