According to a new survey by Wakefield Research for VitalSource, the high cost of college, including textbooks, is causing students to wait to purchase required course materials until after the beginning of classes or not at all, even though many know it affects their ability to succeed academically.

More than 500 students were surveyed and overwhelmingly cite costs as the driving factor in that decision.

“As the cost of college continues to rise, we are seeing students make hard choices to make higher education attainable,” said Pep Carrera, Chief Operating Officer of VitalSource. “Sometimes that means...

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