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Textbook rental program expanded into January at UT Arlington

News Release — 4 November 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Timothy R. Brown, (817) 272-9208, trbrown@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - A pilot textbook rental program at The University of Texas at Arlington has been expanded into January.

UT Arlington is among seven colleges nationwide to offer Follett Higher Education Group's Rent-a-Text program.  The campus bookstore began offering 406 books for rent in August. 

Follett Higher Education Group operates bookstores at 860 colleges in the United States and Canada. The company started the pilot program as online textbook rental programs began popping up nationwide.

Through the program, students may rent a $100 new textbook for $42.50 for the semester instead of spending $100 on a new book or paying $50 for a used textbook through the university's buyback program. 

Students have the option of returning rented books and converting their rental into a sale about eight weeks from the start of class if they decide they want to keep it after the semester. Rental-eligible books are selected based on the likelihood of future use. Any book returned after the due date will be part of the university's buyback program.

Students are required to provide a valid credit card for rental regardless of the selected payment option and they must have a valid driver's license and e-mail address. Books must be returned in the same condition as they were when initially rented, but highlighting is permitted.

Visit the UT Arlington bookstore for more information on textbook and course materials.
 

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