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So much money, and for what?

If unnecessary costs,like books the price would change immensely. We're already paying for the class, so the books should be supplied.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it reimagine the cost of college?

Students will still get the education they're paying for but books will be supplied. instead of making students pay even more money to use a book like five times throughout the course.

Next to tuition and fees, books is the third highest cost for college students. If books were provide,for free, students could save so much more money and put it towards other expenses.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Have a couple classes at the local community college supply the students with the books that are needed. After a semester ask the students how much money they saved, and if they liked it.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Showing colleges how much money they actually need compared to what they ask for.

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Interesting thought Skylar! It'd be helpful to learn a bit more about how colleges might cover the cost of providing free textbook.

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well like the person above said, the books can be lent out just for the class. universities get so much money if they budget it correctly they would be able to slowly earn money for it. it will take sometime to get there but it would help.

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Skylar, that is a very interesting thought. The cost of books gets very ridiculous at time. There have been times at my university when the class costs $1000 and the book for the class costs $300. There have also been times in community college where the book ends up costing more than the actual class. That is something that simply shouldn't happen. I completely agree with you, books should definitely be provided to the students with the class. They don't necessarily have to be given to the students, they could be lent to them for the semester and then recycled to the students of the following semester.