USF Bookstore Offers “Rent-A-Text” Program

From tuition and fees to room and board, the costs of college can be  exhausting. Buying textbooks alone is a financial burden.

To alleviate the costs of textbooks, the USF bookstore has offered a new alternative to purchasing books in full. The bookstore’s collaborative partner, Follett Higher Education Group, has made a “Rent-A-Text” program available to USF students this fall. The program saves students money by allowing them to rent books for a fraction of the full price. Instead of purchasing a new textbook, students save 50 percent or more. Follett Higher Education Group is one the nation’s foremost bookstore operators.

Over 400,000 faculty and 5 million students use the program nationwide. Follett Higher Education Group created the program in fall 2009.

Many students have been waiting for a program like this to be offered at USF. Senior Tessa Lindsey said she is upset that this program was not offered before. “I think the book rental program is a great idea and saves students a lot of money. I was sad though because as a senior I only will be able to rent books this semester and next semester,” she said. “But I’m so glad USF finally introduced a program like this.”

Students like Hannah DeKay (foreground) have considered renting textbooks in order to save money. (Cass Krughoff/Foghorn)

With Rent-A-Text students are allowed to write and highlight in their books without incurring any costs for wear and tear. The books can be returned at the bookstore or online.

This semester rented textbooks are due Dec. 18. Students who fail to return items on time will be charged an additional amount for each item not returned.

To save money, many students also buy their books from online companies like or

“Renting books is more affordable and you don’t have to worry about selling your books back,” freshman Stephanie Peterson said. “Renting books was so affordable that I was able to use the money I would’ve spent buying books on my shopping addiction.”

Sophomore Connor O’Farrell said she used Amazon because it was cheaper than buying books at the USF bookstore. Although she opted out of the Rent-A-Text program, she said, “I think it’s a really good idea and I’ll probably do it next semester.”

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2 thoughts on “USF Bookstore Offers “Rent-A-Text” Program

  1. Textbook publishers seem to release new editions more often than ever before. Services like Bookrenter or Chegg are saving students hundreds of dollars because they don’t have to worry about not being able to sell back their textbooks at the end of the semester.

    Best regards — Lorenzo

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