March 11, 2021

Texas College Students Save More Than $25 Million on Textbooks and Course Materials with Subscription Service

Multi-colored chart stating that 300,000 Texas students have already saved more than $25 million on textbooks and course materials with Cengage Unlimited. The bar chart features top school savings, with Texas A&M in blue at $2.8 million, University of Houston in red at $1.4 million, and Texas Tech University in orange at $1.1 million.

BOSTON and Austin, TX —March 11, 2021— College students in Texas and around the U.S. typically spend more than $400 per year on textbooks and course materials – many spend more, making the cost of textbooks a top source of financial stress for students. However, a popular subscription service, Cengage Unlimited, is providing students with needed savings – more than 300,000 Texas students have already saved more than $25 million on materials since the subscription became available in August 2018. Cengage, an education technology company, provides course materials to millions of U.S. college students every year.

Cengage Unlimited, a first of its kind subscription service, gives students access to more than 22,000 products, including eTextbooks, online homework platforms, study guides, and college success and career support for one price – $120 term or $180/year.

Across the U.S., nearly 3 million college students have subscribed to Cengage Unlimited resulting in more than $270 million in savings on course materials – a needed relief as college students struggle with the cost of college, a pressure further exacerbated by the pandemic.

Chaitali Botcha, a junior at Texas A&M University, has seen the impact firsthand.

“This semester many of my peers struggled even more to pay for their classes as their parents lost jobs or they themselves were not able to go into work due to conditions,” said Botcha. “We’re all just waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel to shine.”

For many students that light has been saving money in college with Cengage Unlimited – Texas A&M students have saved nearly $2.8 million with Cengage Unlimited. Fellow students in Botcha’s Biomedical Sciences program use Cengage tools across many science and math classes so one subscription covers our materials for several courses explained Botcha.

At the University of Texas at Austin, junior Andrew Smith has also witnessed the squeeze on students as part-time gigs and work-study options virtually disappeared with lockdown restrictions, while the move to online learning brought other unexpected costs.

“You need a good webcam and laptop in order to stay connected in Zoom class,” Smith said. He credits the University’s support providing funds and equipment to students, and a focus on affordable course materials. Students have already saved more than $630,000 with Cengage Unlimited at UT Austin.

“Freshman and sophomore business majors each have been able to save over $200 on materials over the course of a year with Cengage Unlimited,” said Smith. That’s money that can be put toward other priorities such as housing and food.

Carter Ball, a Marketing Major at Texas Tech University, where students have collectively saved nearly $1.1 million on their course materials agrees. “It’s amazing to see such a huge amount of money going back into student’s pockets.”

“College students were already under financial pressure before the pandemic hit, and those constraints have only increased,” said Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Higher Education at Cengage. “Colleges and universities are seeing enrollments drop at a time when Americans need greater access to education and opportunity than ever before. It’s critical that all serving higher education work together to make quality learning more affordable and accessible for students.”

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