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So i just spent about $3200 on tuition not including books. So I went today to my school's bookstore after taking out a loan to buy books and I spent roughly $430 on three books and an online access code for one of my courses. Guess which one was the most expensive one?

The online access code. It was $190 alone. For a ****ing. Online. Access. Code. What the ****ing ****? How the **** does a piece of cardboard with a scratch off code that gives you access to some homework and exams cost more than an actual textbook or you know, a months worth of food for a poor student like me? I remember when codes like this were like $50 at best and they gave you access for a year. Now it's more than tripled that and guess what? THEY CUT OFF ACCESS AFTER JUST ONE SEMESTER BECAUSE **** YOU GIVE ME MONEY.

Jesus, and this is after you pay an extra $175 fee for every online class you take. Sometimes I wonder why I even go to school. I literally pay the school ~$4000 a semester to **** my asshole apart. I mean seriously. Goddamn America, squeeze me for all im worth, am I right?

idk i just needed to vent because i cannot believe i spent that much on a piece of cardboard but of course, if i dont buy it i fail the class and look at that--it's a requirement to graduate. wonderful. share stories of schools ****ing you or something
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#2
I just took an interim class and had to buy a 190$ book. I used it for five days and I can't return it to the book store so...yeah.

GG college.
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#3
Capitalism.
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To sacrifice these children
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#5
First world problems, or you can always torrent the books pdfs.
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Quote by KerNeL_KLuTcH
First world problems, or you can always torrent the books pdfs.

It's not the online book I care about. Without the code, you don't have access to the actual quizzes and exams. So If you don't buy them you can't do any of the assignments and therefore, fail.
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#9
yeah i've paid a lot for "hybrid" courses. i rent my books now though because i never use them anyway.
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#10
>goes to school bookstore, complains

don't buy from your school's bookstore then
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#11
The access code dudes realized that the way they're set up, they can charge whatever they want and you'll pay for it because you have to. Last semester my Calculus code was between 100 and 200 dollars, and I would have paid what they told me because I had to. It's not like my Psychology class where I could get away with pirating the book, or hell, not even getting it at all because I never even used it.


Thank god I'm covered by scholarships and grants. Otherwise I'd be screwed.
#12
I bought an access code two semesters ago, and the thing I always fear most with those damn things happened.

It didn't work.

Luckily my professor was able to sort it out with whoever it was through, so I didn't have to buy another one. It's stupid how much they cost, just so you can access stuff online.

I don't even want to get into what I pay to live on campus.
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Quote by KerNeL_KLuTcH
First world problems, or you can always torrent the books pdfs.


That would only be true if the US was a first world country. The fact that health care sucks and education is for rich people says otherwise.

I've paid 120€ per semester for my university degree/diploma/whateveryoucallit and that covers unlimited access to all online stuff and a library with more books you can read in 8 semesters.
#14
Here in English uni's we have libraries, so we don't need to buy books…

However, most of our tuition fees are £9k ($14.8k) a year. (I got lucky and was the last year at £3.6k)
#15
Poop on it dude...

I got to return almost all of my loans
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#16
All that shit makes me happy to be a European
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That would only be true if the US was a first world country. The fact that health care sucks and education is for rich people says otherwise.

I've paid 120€ per semester for my university degree/diploma/whateveryoucallit and that covers unlimited access to all online stuff and a library with more books you can read in 8 semesters.


The education and healthcare systems are first world systems, sure they have their problems, just like all countries'. Being a first world country doesn't mean you suddenly don't have to improve things anymore; it doesn't mean your country is perfect.
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Here in English uni's we have libraries, so we don't need to buy books…

However, most of our tuition fees are £9k ($14.8k) a year. (I got lucky and was the last year at £3.6k)


You could always go to scotland, or a different european country, where studying is free/cheaper. Didn't they establish those fees to keep people from other countries away?
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#22
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Access codes are the worst. If it's just a book you can at least buy them second-hand (or be bum like me and pirate them).


This seems like something I should make myself aware of.

#24
Access codes where I am cost at least $40.
Buy your books used or at a discount store. The campus shops are always the most expensive. If your school is semestered you can have a friend take some classes now and you can take them the one after. I'm sure your friends would trade or sell to you for a good price. Or just go halfsies and share.
#26
My tuition was 6.5k. And all this time I was told that American tuition is supposed to be more expensive than Canadian. I must have given them 18k, and my parents probably gave them another 5k after books. And that doesn't even include a place to stay or food to eat or a vehicle to get to the different campuses.

And after all of that. All the misery busting my ass to get good grades. All friends I've grown distant with. All the times I almost fell asleep in class because I was up all night working so I could give them money. I am not guaranteed a good job, as I am now finding out.

Right now I really regret having gone to university as I can't find a decent job. And I didn't even take no sissy arts degree. I took science.
#27
Scottish free tuition Master Race reporting in. EDIT: I think if I was American, I would probably have done a trade.
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#28
Quote by Cb4rabid
It's not the online book I care about. Without the code, you don't have access to the actual quizzes and exams. So If you don't buy them you can't do any of the assignments and therefore, fail.


yeah but all your other books are definitely either

-torrentable
-used and therefore cheaper (amazon, kijiji, friends)
-available in bookstores run by students or other people who sell our books for cheaper (not ridic cheaper, better off with other options unless youre a tool)

The codes understandable, but books are something that any student is able to get out of purchasing if they do little research beforehand - and i mean it, i could really care less about what course youre taking and blah blah blah, your books are online dude

Edit: btw ts, what are you studying anyways?
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I am not guaranteed a good job, as I am now finding out.

Right now I really regret having gone to university as I can't find a decent job. And I didn't even take no sissy arts degree. I took science.


im sorry dude, but you were a fool in the first place to believe a science degree was worth anymore than an arts degree. people need to do some research beforehand. Unless youre some 4.0 student and are getting coops and experience in the field and networking arond like oure supposed to be if you wanted to get a job in the field, or did some homework to realize that science degrees really dont open as many doors as you think, you wouldnt be in this mess
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#31
Quote by Philip_pepper
Scottish free tuition Master Race reporting in. EDIT: I think if I was American, I would probably have done a trade.


Yeah Scottish and Europeans have it made.

Welsh fee's are not as bad as English either if you're poor like me.

I think i'll only have to pay about £3.4k of the £9k average a year. I hear they're going to raise the price from £9k to £12k-£15k too for most.
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#32
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First world problems, or you can always torrent the books pdfs.

poverty isn't exactly a first world problem
#33
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That's nothing. Real colleges will run you 30k plus per year.


"real" colleges? got any examples? As a canadian, the way americans distinguish colleges and universities totally confuses me. It seems as if they're on the same level, whereas here college is under unis (in terms of "professionalism", college kids are way smarter to be getting a trade than business or social science degree
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That's nothing. Real colleges will run you 30k plus per year.


lol "real colleges." People like to assuage the stress over their overpriced college experience by associating it with legitimacy.
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"real" colleges? got any examples? As a canadian, the way americans distinguish colleges and universities totally confuses me. It seems as if they're on the same level, whereas here college is under unis (in terms of "professionalism", college kids are way smarter to be getting a trade than business or social science degree

college and university are different names for the same thing here

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#36
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poverty isn't exactly a first world problem


You'd be surprised.
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#37
Quote by Rossenrot
No.

Yes. They make this shit so ridicilously expensive because students have to buy their books anyway, not because the production costs require them to do so.
You who build these altars now

To sacrifice these children
You must not do it anymore
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#38
Are you sure there aren't any other options? Are ya sure?

Whelp hokay then.
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#39
Quote by the bartender
Yes. They make this shit so ridicilously expensive because students have to buy their books anyway, not because the production costs require them to do so.


Which takes competition completely out of the market, which drives the market away from equilibrium, which is the exact opposite of capitalism.

I sware to gawd, anti-capitalists are the conspiracy theorists of economics.
#40
lol @ "dont buy them from the school bookstore". trust me, I KNOW its much more expensive there but I don't have a choice. Basically I don't have money (or enough to spend 400 on books) so the school offers me a short term ''book advance''. the trade off is that this money goes into my school ID and I can only use the money on my ID on school campus. so basically, its either buy the books now with the loan they give me or wait until i save up enough money to buy them elsewhere for cheaper, although by then ill be two-three weeks into the semester and have not done any assignments etc.
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