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Document Number: 10786

Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information - Because textbooks add to the overall cost of college, Congress put requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act that included publisher and school disclosures. While publishers have disclosed textbook information such as price and format options, GAO interviews revealed these disclosures made little difference to faculty who said they prioritize appropriate materials over pricing though they were aware of the textbook affordability issue. From GAO's sample, 81% of schools provided students with textbook information online. (GAO, June 2013)...

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