To save students money, colleges are looking to the Open Educational Resources movement

Nearly every semester, there’s a textbook he can’t afford to buy, said University of Wisconsin-Madison student Zaakir Abdul-Wahid.

Not if he wants to be able to eat, pay rent and cover his cell phone bill, too.

Abdul-Wahid recalled buying an accounting text that cost more than $200 one semester, knowing he would need the companion online study material. He wasn’t able to buy any other textbooks that term, he said.

Trying to be diligent about studying without owning a textbook put Abdul-Wahid at the whims of other students and under so much stress that he sometimes worried about his health, he said.

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