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Purdue Partners With Amazon To Save Students $$ On Textbooks

University says students could save up to 30% per year

Purdue University has begun a partnership with Amazon which it says will save students money on textbooks.

The Purdue Store on Amazon is now open online, where the university says students can buy lower-cost textbooks and other school supplies and have them shipped to where they live.  “This relationship is another step in Purdue’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for our students,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels, adding that using the store could save students up to 30-percent per year on textbooks, a savings he says could add up to about $6 million annually.

The university found that textbooks were the third-largest expense for Purdue students, behind tuition and room and board.   “According to the College Board, students at four-year public institutions spend more than $1,200 a year for class materials,” said Frank Dooley, interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. “That’s roughly 12 percent of Purdue’s in-state tuition.”

By early 2015, Amazon says it will open a customer pickup and drop-off store on the Purdue campus.  Also starting sometime next year, Purdue students will be eligible for free one-day shipping on textbooks shipped to the area near the campus. Amazon will also give a portion of the sales back to Purdue, which the university says it will apply to its student affordability initiatives.

The Purdue store at Amazon is at purdue.amazon.com.

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