SC State University Students Have Options to Save on Textbooks in Fall

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Textbooks for RentBeginning in fall 2010, SC State University will launch the Rent-a-Text program. This program will give students the option of renting a new or used textbook for an academic term, rather than purchasing it.

Offered through the Follett Higher Education Group, SC State’s bookstore parent company, the Rent-a-Text program will allow students to save more than 50 percent on average compared to the price of a brand new textbook. 

The Follett Higher Education Group released its pilot Rent-a-Text program in fall 2009 and saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials at seven schools.  More than 90 percent of students surveyed expressed satisfaction with the program, which is expected to reach more than 700 campuses for the 2010 academic year.

“We’re excited about launching the Rent-a-Text program at SC State University,” says SC State bookstore manager, Bryce Hutcherson.  “With the state of our economy and the rise of tuition costs, it is important to provide our students with affordable options during their college experience.  The Rent-a-Text program is one of the ways to achieve that.”

Students interested in participating in the Rent-a-Text program are recommended to sign-up for an account at, or in the University bookstore. Upon rental, students can utilize the textbooks in any way necessary such as writing and highlighting.  At the end of the term, renters are required to return textbooks back to the bookstore to avoid penalty fees.  They will also have the option of purchasing the textbooks for a nominal fee. SC State faculty members may also access to find out whether their class textbook is available for rent.

For more information on the Rent-a-Text program, visit or contact the SC State University bookstore at (803) 536-7095.