Santa Monica College to Increase Use of Free Textbooks

Low income students at Santa Monica College (SMC) may afford the inexpensive in-state tuition, but another expense often stands in the way of obtaining a degree.

Each year traditional textbooks can average between $600 and $1,400 per student, making it difficult for some to attend college and continue and complete coursework, school officials said.

Students will get a break this year after SMC was one of nine schools chosen to participate in the 2018-2019 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program, which encourages the use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus.

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