EARLY TEXTBOOK ORDERS CAN SAVE STUDENTS MONEY


Students can save money and prepare for the upcoming year when textbook orders are submitted early before the start of the new semester. The UH Bookstore is working to collect all textbook adoptions for fall courses in order to provide students with as many affordable options available in a textbook as well as to comply with the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act.

During the Spring 2012 semester, the UH Bookstore saved students $331,927 on their textbooks by offering textbook content in several formats such as rental, digital, new or used. When textbook commitments are provided early, the UH Bookstore has enough time to order all available options for that book which provides a tremendous help to students’ pockets. For instance, if a rental textbook is an available option, a student can save up to 50% compared to the cost of a new textbook. Also, by having the orders submitted early to the UH Bookstore, materials can be ordered and shipped so that all options are in stock and available to students by the first day of class.

Students can also anticipate the costs of textbooks and materials before they sign up for a class with early textbook adoptions. Also, if a textbook will be used the following semester, the student can even receive up to 50 percent of the original selling price during buybacks.

A textbook provision was added to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) in July 2010 that included stipulations on textbook assignments in order to help students know the textbook costs for a course and allow them time to find alternative purchasing options. Texas also recently passed the House Bill 33 that provides similar stipulations on textbook adoptions which will go into effect for Fall 2012. Currently, only 45 percent of textbook orders have been submitted to the UH Bookstore. Even if a course will not require a textbook, the UH Bookstore will still need to be notified in order for the university to be compliant.

Turn in textbook orders to the UH Bookstore for Fall 2012 in order to continue to help students save more money. To provide course textbook information, submit textbook requests online at www.uh.bncollege.com under the “Faculty” tab or send an email to tm510@bncollege.com. Please include the book title, ISBN, course/section and enrollment information with all requests.

See below for more information on how to impact student success by submitting textbook orders early to the UH Bookstore.