TNCC Offers Affordable Option to Buying Textbooks


Published: August 20, 2010

Beginning this fall, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students can save 50 percent or more on textbooks at TNCC bookstores through an affordable alternative to buying called Rent-A-Text.

Offered through TNCC’s ongoing partnership with Follett Higher Education Group, the Rent-A-Text program is available in-store and online with in-store pick up. The bookstore is in Griffin Hall on TNCC’s Hampton campus and at its Historic Triangle campus on the first floor.

Those age 18 or older can take advantage of the program using a valid credit card or financial aid funds. An email address and a driver’s license/state ID is also required. To access Rent-A-Text through TNCC bookstores, go to http://www.tncc.edu/bookstore/ , log on or create an account, and complete a rental agreement. The agreement signifies a person’s commitment to bringing the book back by the check-in date.

In addition saving students money, the program gives students the option to buy the book at the end of a term, if a student wants to keep the book. Students can use their rented textbooks in the same manner as those purchased consistent within normal wear and tear associated with coursework — highlighting and marking the books, and the like, note College officials.

Rent-A-Text is based on Follett’s comprehensive pilot program that saved students at seven universities nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester. The program is expected to reach more than 500 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year.

Thomas Nelson’s association with Follett began in the early 1970s when the College bookstore opened. The Follett Higher Education Group is a family-owned bookstore provider of over 100 years that currently manages more than 800 college and university bookstores nationwide.

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