Survey Says College Students More Reliant on Credit to Pay for Textbooks

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Almost half of college students surveyed by use credit cards to buy or rent textbooks. 41.5% used student loans to pay for textbooks.

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Over a thousand college students were asked by if they used a credit card to purchase or rent college textbooks. 45.7% said that they did, and 34.8% said that they used credit cards habitually to pay for their books.

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  •     Students are also using student loans to pay for their textbooks. 41.5% said that they have used their loans to pay for books.
  •     Over half, some 58.2% of respondents with a credit card, carry a balance.
  •     Most students, some 60.3% of respondents, usually buy their books online, as opposed to 29.1% who buy their books on campus. conducted the online survey of 1,041 college students from August 2 to August 27, 2012.

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