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NEMCC: 50 percent of textbooks now free

Northeast Mississippi Community College says approximately 50 percent of all textbooks are free as part of a digital initiative.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 11:01 AM

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - Northeast Mississippi Community College says approximately 50 percent of all textbooks are free as part of a digital initiative.

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The college says 100 percent of the textbooks sold at the Northeast Bookstore cost less than $150.

This is part of the college's oNE iPad initiative, in which students have access to digital textbooks on tablets such as iPads.

“In the past, students were paying $300 or more for a single textbook,” said Vice President of Instruction Dr. Michelle Baragona.

Last month, Northeast officials announced that beginning this fall approximately 90 percent of all textbooks at Northeast would be available digitally and every student attending the college would have access to purchase the latest iPad through the school as part of the initiative to create a campus-wide “technological experience.”

While the student will be responsible for the purchase of the iPad, the cost may be applied to various sources of approved financial aid and will be more than absorbed by the savings.  In some cases, the cost of the iPad would equal the cost of one traditional printed textbook.

 

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