College Students Save $60 million Using Subscription Service

By Lorena Roberts on November 29, 2018

According to a recent press release, college students are predicted to save $60 million this school year by taking advantage of subscription-based textbook services like Cengage Unlimited. Students around the nation are stressed not only about how they’re going to pay tuition, but how they’re going to afford their textbooks. Thanks to Cengage Unlimited, students are finally getting a break at college finances.

Approximately 87% of college students state that they feel course materials are way overpriced. But spending hundreds of extra dollars every semester is seemingly “part of the college experience.” It’s unavoidable — or so you thought. Cengage Unlimited gives college students access to more than 22,000 digital course materials, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides (which you’ll be thankful for when it’s the night before your big exam).  A subscription also includes access to Kaplan, Quizlet and Chegg, with more to come soon. For only one price, students can access what they do and don’t need throughout the course of the semester.

“In launching Cengage Unlimited, we made a bold move to offer a subscription service in an industry that has historically been loath to change,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “It is exceedingly rare that an incumbent rather than a start-up transforms an industry.  And yet, the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to Cengage Unlimited—from students, parents and faculty—underscores that our approach to lower students’ costs so they can afford to access quality learning was the right one.  It also works for our business as we are signing an unprecedented number of new student customers.  We are very pleased to have more than 500,000 subscribers already and look forward to reaching more students in the upcoming January semester and beyond.”

“To give students more resources at a lower price point is a testament to the company’s focus on student experience, and I’m eager to see how it transforms the higher education system as a whole,” said Bilal Shalash, a senior at the University of Kentucky and a Cengage Student Ambassador.

Some students spend over $500 every year just on textbooks. So with a subscription costing $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year), students can save hundreds of dollars. (Print rentals are available for $7.99 with free shipping.) The even more exciting news is that students can use their financial aid to buy a subscription. 

If you’re wondering which courses at your institution use Cengage, take advantage of the new, interactive Savings Map. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to access what you need for class with a subscription to this service. It’s truly changing the way we think about college textbooks, access codes, and online homework assignments.

If you’re one of the many college students worried about how you’re going to afford your textbooks this semester, Cengage Unlimited is something you should definitely look into. For more information about the new, all-access subscription service for course materials, or to purchase now, visit Cengage’s website.

Lorena graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville last December with a BA in Honors Psychology. After some serious soul-searching, she's decided to pursue a Master's in teaching in order to teach middle school math! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Whippet mix, Gio, at the dog park and binge watching Netflix with endless cups of Hot Cocoa.

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