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College students predicted to spend $655 on textbooks this year

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A file photograph showing chemistry, physics and science textbooks sitting on an empty student desk inside an Atlanta, Georgia school. (Credit: Ferre Dollar/CNN) A file photograph showing chemistry, physics and science textbooks sitting on an empty student desk inside an Atlanta, Georgia school. (Credit: Ferre Dollar/CNN)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – College textbook prices have been on the rise for years, but they have already risen 9 percent in 2015.

Since 1977, the price of textbooks has risen more than 1,000 percent. Textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and even housing prices.

A study by the National Association of College Stores predicts the average college student will spend $655 on textbooks each year. One textbook could cost a student as much as $300. Last year, 65 percent of students nationwide reported being unable to buy at least one textbook.

The study suggests looking at alternative options, including renting textbooks or using e-textbooks which are 53 percent cheaper than paper textbooks. 

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