30 Nov '13, 7pm

Will Congress Make College Textbooks Free?

Will Congress Make College Textbooks Free?

Due to skyrocketing costs, today’s students can barely afford their textbooks, let alone their tuition. Fortunately, relief may be in sight. In a bid to remove some of the financial burden from higher education, a pair of Democratic Senators has introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act . Sen. Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Sen. Al Franken (Minnesota) hope to revolutionize the textbook industry by turning to “open” textbook licensing. The idea is that the government would subsidize the hefty costs by licensing the textbooks directly from the publishing companies then offer them for free electronically or for a drastically reduced price in print. If you’re not a student who has attended college in the past decade – or a parent who is financially supporting a student – you might not realize just how out-of-control the price of textbooks has become. The Senators’ legislation...

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