Open Textbooks Help Students Cut Costs

College students in the U.S. average $1,200 in textbook costs per year. This month SUNY took steps to cut that cost with its Affordable Learning Solutions program. Courtney O’Hagen is a SUNY Broome psychology professor with a common problem: her students don’t read their textbook. But recently O’Hagen realized they’re not reading it because they’re not buying it. “So I asked them what their reason was for not purchasing the textbook, and for many of them it was that they could not afford the textbook,” O’Hagen says.