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UTSA Bookstore programs save UTSA students $1.7 million on textbooks

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(Aug. 22, 2013) -- Amidst rising college costs, the UTSA Bookstore at the Main and Downtown campuses saved students more than $1.7 million on course materials last year alone. Students have saved through Follett's Used, Rent-A-Text, Buyback and Digital programs, which provide access to more convenient and affordable course materials.

The most popular option among UTSA students is text rental because of the deep savings, simple registration process and convenience of returning materials at the end of the semester. Rent-A-Text saves students, on average, 50 percent or more compared to purchasing new. The bookstore's rental program also provides students the freedom to use the textbook as if they own it.

"We proudly offer a risk-free rental experience," said John Palmer, manager of the UTSA Bookstore. "With Rent-A-Text, students can highlight and take notes as well as easily convert rentals to purchase if the student decides they want to keep the book."

The UTSA Bookstore has increased its number of available rental titles. For this fall, 59 percent of new, used and digital materials are available for rent or purchase in-store and on the UTSA Bookstore website.

In addition to driving student savings, the UTSA Bookstore is showcasing how it provides even more value for students. The bookstore is unveiling a new community impact report that demonstrates the benefits it offers to The University of Texas at San Antonio community. Follett's analysis revealed that unlike online retailers, the UTSA Bookstore supports students and the community with jobs and funding for student and community organizations. This includes:

  • Creating 85 local jobs each year
  • Donating more than $19,000 to the community and students in 2012
  • Reinvesting more than 4.2 million in the last three years in the local school community

>> Learn more at the UTSA Bookstore website and like the bookstore on Facebook.

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About Follett Corp.

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Ill., Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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