College students spent an average of $602 on required course materials during the entire 2015-16 academic year. Adding in school supplies and technology items needed for coursework, their total expenditure averaged about $1,302, according to the Student Watch 2015-16 survey report.
Students would still rather study from print materials—easier to use, navigate, and read, according to survey results—but they will turn to digital materials if required by their instructors or if the price is lower than print. Students also like the portability of digital materials.
Rented materials, both print and digital, continue to be a popular option with students.
The two-wave study (fall 2015 and spring 2016) yielded more than 42,000 responses from students at 56 institutions. The study, conducted by NACS’s research arm, OnCampus Research, focused on students’ acquisition and use of course materials.
A free webinar, underwritten by the NACS Foundation, will provide an overview of the Student Watch data. Elizabeth Riddle, director of OnCampus Research, will highlight the year’s key findings at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 14.
Advance registration is required in order to receive login instructions.