FARMINGTON - Tunxis Community College students saved $414,906 on textbooks over the past year through several initiatives aimed at continuing to help make textbooks and course materials as affordable as possible for students.
Starting in July, the Tunxis Bookstore, managed by Follett Higher Education Group, began offering students a 10 percent discount on the list price of new textbooks as part of a new contract that was negotiated with Follett and the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges. In a five-month period, Tunxis students saved $39,272 on new book purchases through this effort alone.
Of the total, another $375,634 in savings was the result of giving Tunxis students multiple options on books and materials - price match, textbook rentals, digital, used books and the buyback program.
“We remain committed to affordability and providing information and resources that help our students overcome financial barriers to student success, and will continue to look for ways to address this important issue,” said James Lombella, Asnuntuck Community College president and Tunxis interim president.
A Textbook Committee which includes Tunxis faculty, staff and bookstore employees has met regularly since 2006 to discuss ways the college can make textbooks more affordable and accessible to students.
The committee develops and reviews policies to disburse textbook scholarships to students, awarding an average of $4,000 a semester in textbook scholarships to students through funds it receives from Follett’s net book revenue.
As of September 2017, Tunxis has awarded $121,956 in textbook scholarships to credit and non-credit students. The Tunxis Library also receives an allotment each semester to purchase high-cost textbooks to put on reserve.
Tunxis faculty work closely with Follett to ensure timely adoption of books, leading to maximum savings for students. They also take an active role in considering which materials are necessary for their courses, in some cases migrating to digital formats when appropriate or using open education resources.