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Bringing Community to College: Tuition Relief for Low Income Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A 29-year-old woman hustles to her community college campus, running late. She attends her classes, sits in the front row taking extensive notes and rushes back to her car as fast as she can. She can’t go to the evening study session, even though she needs it. It would require her to miss work which would likely result in losing her job. She doesn’t get home until after nine. She scrapes together a quick, cheap meal and then works on her homework until she falls asleep, once again forgetting to set her alarm.

She keeps going because she wants a better life. She hopes her degree will get her that promotion at work or a better paying job where she won’t have to choose between making rent and eating. 

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Build Loyalty by Offering Students Options

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 14, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Price comparison is a regular part of consumers’ lives. Students and families may start their search for course materials in your online bookstore, but the temptation to go outside of the school to make their purchase is ever-present.  This can lead to numerous problems: students receiving the wrong materials, deliveries being delayed until weeks after classes have started and identity theft from untrustworthy sites. Offering price comparisons in your online bookstore not only keeps customers from leaving, it saves them time and money.

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3 Reasons Inclusive Access Benefits Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 1, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Getting the right course materials in students’ hands before the start of class has increasingly become a challenge for schools. Some students decide course materials are not a necessary expense, threatening their overall success. Others make purchases from unvetted third-party sellers which can lead to the wrong books, poor conditions, counterfeits and lengthy backorders that leave students without the necessary materials for class. Inclusive access provides schools a way to simplify course materials distribution for students and schools alike.

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Spotlight: Jim Luecke How Student Savings Impacts Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 24, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Jim Luecke is a strategic sales consultant for MBS. In the over 12 years he has worked with schools and stores, Jim has collected an abundance of industry knowledge. He uses that expertise to help schools find course materials distribution solutions that best suite their unique needs and situations. We sat down with him to discuss where he sees the industry heading and what trends are gaining momentum as he visits schools across the country.   

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3 Guaranteed Ways to Save Students the Most Money

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With declining enrollment in K–12 and higher education, student retention is essential. There’s not an endless stream of students to replace those who choose not to continue their education. At-risk students and families need to know your school understands their challenges and will help them find the best solutions.

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Early Adoptions Provide Student Cost Savings

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Ideally, students would show up on the first day of class with everything they need to be successful in school. Pen, notebook and … course materials? Not necessarily.

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Lycoming College Partnership Better Serves a Diverse Student Body

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

For Lycoming College’s bookstore director Tricia Bausinger, the recent decision to partner with MBS Direct is more than an opportunity to inject new life into a business. It’s a chance to offer better service to a rapidly-changing student body. 

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