May 18, 2022

National Association of College Stores Report Shows 14% Decrease in Spending on College Course Materials

From NACS:

During the 2018-19 academic year, college students spent an average of $415 on nine required course materials. That’s down from $484 on nine units the previous academic year, and a decrease from $701 since 2008, according to the Student Watch™: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: 2018-2019 Report, the National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) annual survey of college students in the U.S. and Canada. Students also reported spending an additional $527 on technology and school supplies.

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