New federal provisions will help lower the costs of these bad boys. Image courtesy of Flickr user plutor and licensed under CC by SA 2.0Here’s good news to look forward to as we start getting closer to the school year. According to an article that was published in Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram this morning, a new set of federal provisions went into effect earlier this month that will help students with the extravagant costs of textbooks. Here is a list of changes that these rules discuss:

  • Textbook publishers are required to provide professors with information about book prices, revision history, and alternative formats of the textbooks.
  • You know those stupid CDs publishers include in your books that you never end up using? Well, publishers are now required to sell additional material, like CDs, DVDs, or workbooks, separately from textbooks so that you aren’t charged for the material you never use.
  • Colleges must give students required texts’ price and International Standard Book Number (ISBN), an incredibly helpful identifying tool which students can use to search for the book elsewhere at a cheaper price.
These new federal rules are part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and are aimed at helping lessen student debt. The article estimates that textbooks can cost college students $800 to $1200 a year. At HackCollege, we know how expensive textbooks can be and we’ve written up an awesome guide on how to help you get your textbooks for free. So with our textbook guide and this great news about these new federal rules, buying your textbooks this year will hopefully leave you a little more money in your bank account.