Effective Fall 2010 the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to “publish,” in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution. This includes all schools—undergraduate, graduate and professional. The items we must display are:
- Book title, including edition
- Book author
- ISBN number
- Retail price
This is an effort to make more transparent the cost of education, as indicated in the following statement from the HEOA:
PURPOSE AND INTENT—The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.
How do I submit required textbooks for my classes?
What should I tell students who are asking about options for purchasing or renting required course materials?
The Student Affairs website includes more information and ideas about how students can plan for textbook purchase or rental expenses.