Aside from tuition and housing, your books will be the most expensive thing you’ll have to buy each semester.
According to the U.S. College Board, the average American student will spend about $1,200 a year on books and supplies when preparing for their classes. This is the average and often increases when the student is studying a STEM-based subject.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have an extra $1,000 laying around to pay for textbooks. If you want to save some extra money on books, here are a few ways to cut costs and find the cheapest books on the market:
BEFRIEND AN UPPERCLASSMAN IN YOUR MAJOR
Of course, you should actually like your friends, but try to get to know some of the upperclassmen in your major. Whether you befriend them or ask them to mentor you and help you through classes, they are more likely to let you borrow or have their old books for free.
This will save you a ton of money, especially if you are good friends and they are willing to let you keep the book for as long as you need to.