New Bill Might Aid Local College Students

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

February 9, 2006

A new bill might help local college students save some extra cash when it comes to buying text books.

"I would say about six or seven hundred dollars," said one UVa student.

"Probably around $500," said another.

That's how much students are spending on textbooks and that's not even for an entire year, it's each semester.

But some relief might be on the way. Legislators will consider a bill that would make college textbooks more affordable, a bit of good news for students and their parents.

The bill would require faculty to know the price of the books they assign and send their lists to bookstores in a timely manner.

"It will allow us to procure more used books, all courses will be in on time, and so we think it's a very, very positive development," said Jon Kates, the Executive Director of the UVa Bookstore.

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