The cost of nearly every college expense has risen since 2006, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started their study.The highest rise in cost has been in textbooks, which has risen steadily every year but 2008. This is mostly due to the housing bubble burst as the light blue line suggests.
You will see as you click through the years that textbooks have been the highest cost since the study started.The next highest rise in cost has consistently been college tuition. Keep in mind that these charts are showing the rise in cost not the actual cost. Tuition expenses far outweigh those of textbooks.
"Because of the cost of my textbooks, I could only afford ramen noodles to eat for the semester."
"The high cost of textbooks made me not want to buy them, so I didn't. My grades suffered as a result. Now, I work at the dining hall full time."
"I bought every textbook for every class and didn't even use them. I could have used the money to pay rent."
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