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Your College Student Could Be Saving Thousands on Textbooks

By Lorena Roberts, Uloop

When it comes to paying for your college student’s tuition and fees, you’re dishing out quite a substantial amount. The majority of our nation’s college students are taking out hefty loans to pay for their higher education. But room and board are only half the battle. Buying textbooks adds to college student stress because they’re spending hundreds of dollars every semester on materials they need to be successful. However, according to a recent press release, college students are predicted to save $60 million this school year by taking advantage of subscription-based textbook services like Cengage Unlimited. As the first subscription-based service available, college students are taking advantage of what’s offered so their families can save money on college expenses!

87% of college students state that they feel course materials are way overpriced. But spending hundreds of extra dollars every semester is seemingly “part of the college experience.” Before Cengage Unlimited, you and your student may have thought that handing over more student loan money for textbooks was your only option. But now, this subscription service will allow your college student to access more than 22,000 digital course materials, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides (which they’ll be thankful for when it’s the night before their big exam).  A subscription also includes access to Kaplan, Quizlet and Chegg, with more to come soon. For only one price, students can access what they need over the course of the semester.

“In launching Cengage Unlimited, we made a bold move to offer a subscription service in an industry that has historically been loath to change,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “It is exceedingly rare that an incumbent rather than a start-up transforms an industry.  And yet, the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to Cengage Unlimited—from students, parents and faculty—underscores that our approach to lower students’ costs so they can afford to access quality learning was the right one.  It also works for our business as we are signing an unprecedented number of new student customers.  We are very pleased to have more than 500,000 subscribers already and look forward to reaching more students in the upcoming January semester and beyond.”

“To give students more resources at a lower price point is a testament to the company’s focus on student experience, and I’m eager to see how it transforms the higher education system as a whole,” said Bilal Shalash, a senior at the University of Kentucky and a Cengage Student Ambassador.

Some students spend over $500 every year just on textbooks. So with a subscription costing $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year), students can save hundreds of dollars. (Print rentals are available for $7.99 with free shipping.) The even more exciting news is that students can use their financial aid to buy a subscription. 

If you’re wondering which courses at your college student’s institution use Cengage, take advantage of the new, interactive Savings Map. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to access what your student will need for class with a subscription to this service. It’s truly changing the way we think about college textbooks, access codes, and online homework assignments.

If you’re a parent of one of the many college students worried about how to afford your textbooks this semester, Cengage Unlimited is something you should definitely look into. For more information about the new, all-access subscription service for course materials, or to purchase now, visit Cengage’s website.

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