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6 Options to Lower the Cost of Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM
Topics: course materials, textbook affordability, cost savings

Save your students the most money on course materials. MBS Direct makes it easy with multiple ways to reduce costs. Maximize affordability at your school by following our checklist.6 Options to Lower the Cost of Course Materials

Promote Marketplace

Save up to 95% by connecting students with vendors who are selling a specific title on Marketplace. This option is already available to your students - simply ask your Account Manager about how we can help generate awareness.

Take advantage of Rental

Our rental program reduces costs while providing the upfront savings your students demand. There are no hidden fees or penalties offering a worry-free rental experience.

Get students excited about Guaranteed Buyback

Tell students during the purchasing process how much we’ll pay for their book at buyback. An MBS Direct exclusive, Guaranteed Buyback can save students up to 70%, the lowest cost of ownership available.  Explain the benefits of this important program to capitalize on its cost-saving powers.

Join SSI

When your school joins the Student Savings Initiative (SSI), we'll work together to directly affect course material prices on your campus. It's an easy way to make an impact on students' perception of your school.

Open Educational Resources

Through a partnership with OpenStax, Junction Education and more, MBS Direct can distribute multiple open content textbooks. These open resources not only provide your students with exceptional content, but will also be an additional lower cost option.

Advertise your options

The best way to reduce costs is to let your students know all the ways they can save.

Talk to your Account Manager about how they can help you get started with these cost-saving initiatives.

Originally posted on May 20, 2014. Updated rental program and more OER partners.

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About Jason Smallheer

Jason Smallheer worked for MBS from 2016 to 2017. His diverse career includes freelance work, broadcast radio and ski resort marketing. He has a passion for sharing ideas, helping businesses grow and professional development. When not expressing himself through writing, he enjoys time with his family and being outside doing anything that can result in scuffed knees and dirty clothes.

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