My booklist screwed up and said I needed two books that I didn't end up needing. Which kind of sucks, since secondhand those two books were $35ish and the electronic textbook I actually needed was $75 and literally impossible to get secondhand. And I was less than 24 hours late to get a full refund from the little store I got them at.
Textbooks have been murder on me this semester. I'm a Biological Sciences major, and now that I'm taking classes specific to my major, my text book bill came out to about $300 per class. Unfortunately, I'm only allowed to pull $700 from my financial aid before its released to pay for books at the college bookstore. Classes start on Monday, and the Financial aid office is taking its sweet time releasing funds. Every other institution has had financial aid released to students for a couple weeks now. Wish mine would get its shit together. I need my books.
My science class last year required me to get clothing that was fit to work in the bush with (long pants, long sleeves, hat, bug spray, sun screen, enclosed shoes) two paper booklets costing 50 dollars each (There is no way that printing out 100 pages and stapling them together costs more than 15 dollars ) and a two hundred dollar textbook
I get a scholarship, but it usually doesn't come until march or may, which is no real help :s
Thankfully, I don't have any labs this semester, so all I've had to cover is textbooks. Unfortunately, one of those classes requires an access code, So I can't do a thing with my classes til I get paid. Also figured out what the hold up is on my aid. Apparently the Financial aid office released funds to the cashiers, and then the cashiers had a massive fuck-up, dispersed to the wrong semester, and now they can't get it back. There's problems every semester with the financial aid. I look forward to transferring once this semester is over.
Since I was in the honors section of a class, the website listed me as having the wrong professor. Guess what? I bought the wrong $200 textbook, and now they're out of used ones and it's too late to buy anywhere but from the overpriced university bookstore. D: When I studied in France, I had to buy a 35€ textbook, and my French friend told me that that was super expensive. I was like, are you kidding me? I'd kill to have textbooks for that cheap. If I were you, I'd e-mail the professors and ask them what you need to buy.
I'm not sure what my textbook requirements for university are going to be, but I do know that I'm going to need to buy my own tools and materials I guess that's what happens when you take a practical course.
So I'm taking two art classes this semester. One is 3D Art 2, and the other is Environmental Design. The same professor teaches both classes. Instead of a textbook, he requires us to buy a one-month subscription to DigitalTutors, which only costs $45. Given the alternative of likely having to buy a textbook for each class, and then rarely using it, I prefer this alternative.
Yesterday we signed up for the site for my Environmental class, and today we did it for the 3D class, but since I did it yesterday, I didn't have to do it. Anyway, this girl that sits next to me told the professor that she couldn't do it yesterday (she has both classes as well), so you'd figure it was probably because she didn't have her credit card info. Today, she can't sign up for it. She says she won't be getting paid until the end of the month, and she has no money until then
So then the professor asks what she's doing about textbooks for other classes, and she says she has to wait to buy those until the end of the month too! Some people are terrible when it comes to money management
The bookshop is where the textbook lists are posted, so even if you don't want to buy it from the bookshop, you need to go there to see what you need.
I'd like to buy my textbook through Amazon and/or other online and second hand sources, which is why I'm trying to find out what I need now, because Amazon purchases can take up to a month to get here.
One of my classes didn't exist on our bookstore either. Luckily the other time for the same class/prof was on there.
As it turns out, it's possible for us to use really old editions that are super cheap for that class, but unless we pay for expedited shipping they won't be here for like, ever. And using the ones from the bookstore or library doesn't seem plausible.
Without getting books used, I think my cheapest semester's worth of books was $200. Used books are a godsend, if you can actually use them (and don't have a professor that makes you buy the brand new version that just came out, and doesn't actually have any new information...)
My last two semesters books have cost me a little over $500 each semester, and, last semester none of them expensive ones were being used again, so I couldn't even sell them back. Books are such a racket these days.
I have the same problem with my College. And, to make it worse, I discovered last semester that the books listed in the school bookstore aren't always right. So now I have to e-mail every single one of my teachers, on break, wait for them to get back to me about what books we need, then order them and hope they get there before school starts. And most of the teachers just send me to the bookstore despite my explaining that I've had issues with the book store not having the right books. So now I kind of just have to order and hope.