Hundreds of Colleges Automatically Bill Students for Books. Is That Fair? FAMILY FINANCE PAYING FOR COLLEGE Hundreds of Colleges Automatically Bill Students for Books. Is That Fair? - KAITLIN MULHERE, Money.com
Colleges and publishers say a growing model for purchasing textbooks drives down costs and improves access to course materials, yet critics say it reduces student choice and fails to make a meaningful dent in costs. The textbook programs are opaque and include a variety of red flags that limit students’ ability to freely shop for course materials, says U.S. Public Interest Research Group in a report published Thursday. A team at the non-profit U.S. PIRG reviewed contracts between colleges and publishers at more 30 institutions, with a combined 700,000 students.