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Tax on Interstate Textbooks?

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Student Holding Books And Bag

ATTENTION out-of-state students: don’t take that rental copy of “The Art of Public Speaking” home with you. Textbooks rented through Amazon’s “Warehouse Deals” are not to be carried over state lines. Renters will be charged the purchase price of any textbook that goes interstate, according to Amazon’s Textbook Rental Terms and Conditions.

The company declined to explain itself to Inside Higher Education, the industry journal that discovered the fine print. Nor to us. So we asked for insight from Robert Chestnut, senior vice president and general counsel of Chegg.com, which rents textbooks and dispenses online study help.

Read the full article written by Jane Karr / New York Times

Colleges That Give You “The Best Bang for the Buck”



The college is Queens College, a part of the City University of New York with an annual tuition of $5,730, and a view of the Long Island Expressway.       

Catering to working-class students, more than half of whom were born in other countries, Queens does not typically find itself at the top of national rankings. Then again, this was not a typical ranking. It was a list of colleges that offer the “best bang for the buck.”   

Queens College ranked second in a list, compiled by Washington Monthly, of colleges that offered the “best bang for the buck."

Photo: Michael Nagle for The New York Times


Purists might regard such bottom-line calculations as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education. But dollars-and-cents tabulations like that one (which was compiled by Washington Monthly), are the fastest-growing sector of the college rankings industry, with ever more analyses vying for the attention of high school students and their parents who are anxious about finances.

Read the full article written by Ariel Kaminer / New York Times

The Common Application System for Online College Admissions Needs Fixing


Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times


With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions, alarming students and parents and putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule

“It’s been a nightmare,” Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University. “I’ve been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they’ve really fallen down.”

Colleges around the country have posted notices on their admissions Web sites, warning of potential problems in processing applications. Some Minnesota colleges have created an optional partial application. The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the earliest fall application deadlines, Oct. 15, but it was not able to start reviewing applications on a large scale until last week and has postponed the deadline for some supporting paperwork until Nov. 1.    Read the full article written by Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times