Students want to know textbook prices earlier to help with registration | The Daily Texan

With the school year coming to an end, many students are already looking to next year and next year’s textbooks prices. However, Texas law prevents students from seeing their textbook prices until a month before school begins.

State House Bill 33 allows students to see class material and the price of textbooks 30 days before classes start. SB 810 was passed last legislative session and requires professors to submit open education resources course material. These bills aim to decrease costs and enhance transparency.

Roberto Preza, radio-television-film sophomore, said he thinks 30 days before class is not enough time for students to prepare, and getting the information before registration would be better.

“It’s a bit unfair for the students not knowing the prices sooner,” Preza said. “I guess some students are pretty tight financially so they like to budget their money, and waiting makes buying books that much harder.”

The University Co-op, the University-affiliated bookstore, and the Registrar’s Office list textbook information gathered from professors on the Co-op website.

Scholarly communications librarian Colleen Lyon said textbook prices at schools outside of Texas often aren’t known ahead of time.

Read complete article here:

Students want to know textbook prices earlier to help with registration | The Daily Texan.