Book Costs Shock Students
Laramie, Wy – Students who need textbooks for the first day of classes at the University of Wyoming are complaining about the added cost. A government report shows the price of books has gone up 186 percent from 1986 to 2004. U-W bookstore manager Shaun Ziegler says that book prices are high but they try to work with students to find cheaper deals. Ziegler says he is concerned about the pressure textbooks put on student budgets.
He says the bookstores don't chose the textbooks, they just facilitate providing them. According to the National Association of College Stores, the average student spent $700 on required course material last year.