As you work on providing economic relief and protecting public health in response to the COVID-19 crisis and move forward with the FY21 appropriations process, we, the undersigned student advocacy organizations, write to urge you to invest in America’s institutions of higher education, so that they can ensure student success and support during this crisis.
Despite publishers’ talking points that access codes and other digital materials have answered student’s cries for help over costs, there has been little measurable improvement in key textbook affordability measures over the last six years.
– For Immediate Release – WASHINGTON — One year after announcing their intent to merge, two of the largest college textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill, ended their merger after failing to get approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. PIRG’s Higher Education Campaign… Read more
Publishers and education tech companies offering temporary free access codes, but using content with restrictive copyrights, has downsides. We want to make sure educators know about the high-quality resources that are permanently free to students, and ensure faculty independence and student data privacy.
We’re so proud of the amazing work our students have accomplished over the last year. But even as students are making progress at the local and statewide level, we wanted to highlight another unexpected source of progress: the federal level!
WASHINGTON — Today, congressional leaders from both parties introduced legislation that could save American college students nearly a billion dollars on textbooks.
We’re conducting a survey to get a better sense of the impacts of textbook costs on students. We’ll publish a report on our findings later this year.
The HEOA, short for the Higher Education Opportunity Act, is a higher education reform bill passed by Congress in 2008.
Here we are again, starting off a new term on campus, headed to the internet and to bookstores to get our textbooks.
Textbooks are expensive. Too expensive.
We work with students and faculty across the country and where we can, lawmakers to make textbooks more affordable by stopping unfair business practices by publishers that drive up the costs of higher education.