It is difficult for many students and their parents to find money to pay for education, to say nothing of spending spare money on buying books. A new survey has found out that 78% of students are unwilling or unable to afford buying each textbook required in college.
The survey was released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer-advocacy organization. According to the results, 7 out of 10 college students did not buy textbooks at least once for the price was too high. Many students said that they had to pay for overpriced textbooks as they were new editions or were sold in bundle with CDs etc. Rich Williams, a higher-education advocate with the group, known as U.S. PIRG, said: "Students recognize that textbooks are essential to their education but have been pushed to the breaking point by skyrocketing costs. The alarming result of this survey underscores the urgent need for affordable solutions."
The survey was conducted on 13 campuses and more than a thousand of students participated in it. Respondents are studying at large public universities and community colleges. There is no warning that students who do not purchase textbooks from time to time are poorer in education that those who buy each textbook. However, 78 percent of students who have not bought textbooks or borrowed them said they expected to show worse results.