Over the past decade, as the cost of college textbooks skyrocketed more than 80 percent, a growing number of students have opted not to buy textbooks for their classes, in an effort to save money. This week, Valencia College officials announced that the college has used innovative strategies to reduce the costs of textbooks — and has managed to bring the cost of the average textbook down 38 percent.
Thanks to creative work by the college’s faculty members, the average cost of the textbook or materials for Valencia courses has dropped 38 percent in the past five years. In 2012, the average cost of textbooks or materials for each class at Valencia was $125.96. Today, the average course of textbooks is now $82.77 per class.