On 15 August 2005, I went to the SCC bookstore to find out how much a new copy of a "College Mathematics" textbook would cost. Excluding tax, the cost was

`$130.50`

(`$98.00`

if you can find a used copy). With tax included, the new textbook costs`$132.50`

.The next day on 16 August 2005, the Arizona Republic had a short three-paragraph "national brief" headlined: "Software, supplements lifting textbook prices." The brief news items was generated by a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that says the "average college student spends nearly $900 on textbooks and supplies, or

`26 percent`

of tuition and fees per year at typical four-year colleges." At community colleges, the GAO says this percentage climbs to`72%`

. The report indicates the since 1986, textbook prices have increased about`6%`

per year.## Cost of Taking a Community College Math Class at SCC

Let's calculate how much it will cost to take the 3-credit "Mathematical Concepts/Applications" course at Scottsdale Community College. Transportation costs are excluded.

tuition: $180 ($60 per credit) registration fee: $ 5 course fee: $ 5 textbook cost: $132 (rounded down to nearest dollar) ======================= total cost: $322The textbook cost is almost

`41%`

of the total cost of taking the course. 41% is will below the average of`72%`

; therefore, does this say something about the Maricopa Community College's tuition rates?## GDT::Speaks:: About the Cost of Textbooks (28 Aug 2004)

**Creator:** Gerald D. Thurman
[gthurman@gmail.com]

**Created:** 16 August 2005