Having difficulty finding money for books? The student board of the Student Support Foundation offers these suggestions.
If you have no money for books:
- Check to see if any of the books you need are in the library. If the book is an older edition, check with the professor to see that it is still acceptable.
- Borrow books from friends who have taken the courses recently.
- Share a book with a classmate.
- Talk to your professors about your dilemma. You might be able to borrow an extra copy or an acceptable, older edition from him/her.
If you have some money or need to apply for a Student Support Foundation grant for books:
- Locate used copies of the books. Check with the professor to make sure the edition is acceptable.
- Research the cost of books from these sources:
• PSU Bookstore (remember to check used and rental pricing for your books)
• Online retailers such as: Amazon, Half and Barnes and Noble
• Rental sites such as: Chegg, Bookrenter and Skyo
- Purchase books as you need them throughout the semester. You do not necessarily need every book for the semester on the first day of class.
Notes about online sites:
- Get your book list from the web site for the PSU bookstore.
- Include shipping and handling costs when figuring the cost of books.
- Allow a few weeks to receive the books.
- The Student Support Foundation does not endorse any of the online booksellers listed. They are provided simply as suggestions.