The high cost of textbook access codes

Along with the high cost of college tuition, students also face the difficulties of paying for textbooks required for their courses. There are ways to avoid the book store, such as, cheaper options online. However, this is not the case with the Pearson Access Codes. The book stores are not helping either.

Amber Smith, a freshman at the Plant City Campus, purchased an access code for a math course from the campus bookstore. After opening the package, she discovered she was given the wrong code.

“I was confused because I gave them my schedule and they handed the books I needed for my classes,” says Smith.

The campus bookstores have strict policies that state access codes may not be returned if opened.

“I went back to the store to see if they could help me, but they told me to call Pearson without even giving me a number to call,’” explains Smith, “My professor was the one who helped me get this issue resolved.”

Access Codes are needed to have access to an online textbook, online quizzes and class activities. They are pricy compared to the traditional printed book and only last for one year, so students are not able to return them or trade them with other students. The access code for MAT 0028 costs $126.00.

“Students can return codes if opened and unused on rare circumstances, but we try not to get into that,” a bookstore representative states.

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