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UNCC’s answer for pricey textbooks: Rent ‘em (access required)

By Sam Boykin Zhana Nay, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, spends on average about $500 a semester on textbooks. “Some books cost about $170,” said Nay, a nursing major. “It’s really expensive.” It’s enough to make any parent or working student cringe. After shelling out big bucks for tuition and fees — at UNCC it will cost about $5,135 for in-state undergraduate students to attend the fall 2010 semester — there’s also the matter of buying textbooks. According to the North Carolina Student Public Interest Research Group, which advocates for human and student rights issues, students spend $900 a year on average on textbooks, a figure that doesn’t include other course materials and supplemental supplies. But some relief is on the way.

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