Publisher Affordability Campaigns Deliver Decline in Student Spending on College Course Materials During 2021-2022 Academic Year

Average student spending on college course materials declined during the 2021-2022 school year according to reports from two leading independent research firms.

Comparing the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Academic Years

The most recent report from Student Watch, which is funded by the National Association of College Stores Foundation, found that student spending went from $456 during the 2020-2021 academic year to $339 for the 2021-2022, a decline of 26 percent.

Similarly, independent research firm Student Monitor found that average student spending on college course materials, including textbooks and digital materials, declined 22 percent going from $405 last year to an average of $314 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“This year’s average course material spending is the lowest we’ve recorded over the past 15 years,” said Lacey Wallace, Research Analyst at the National Association of College Stores.
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