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DMACC offering Rent-A-Text program for upcoming school year

Des Moines Area Community College will begin offering textbook rental services at the six DMACC campus bookstores this fall.

Rent-A-Text will offer a savings that represent 50 percent or more off the price of new textbooks.

“DMACC is committed to offering students an affordable education,” said Doug Williams, DMACC vice president of business services. “Rent-A-Text is an important extension of that commitment to affordability. We’re also encouraging DMACC faculty to consider rental eligibility when adopting course materials, so that we’re providing more students with cost saving options.”

DMACC’s textbook rental program will:

• Be available to students in store and online with in-store pickup.

• Allow students to choose a preferred form of payment, including financial aid.

• Allow students the freedom to highlight and take notes all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework.

• Give students the choice to buy their textbook during the term if they want to keep the book.

“DMACC is the first community college and one of the first post-secondary schools in the state to offer a textbook rental program,” said DMACC Bookstores District Director Brenda Snoke Northrup. “It will give students more options and allow them to save money on their course materials.”

Rent-A-Text will be offered through DMACC’s ongoing partnership with Follett Higher Education Group.

The program is based on Follett’s comprehensive pilot program that saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester at seven schools. More than 90 percent of students surveyed who rented textbooks expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.

“We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century,” said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. “Helping to reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission, and we look forward to working with DMACC to deliver substantial textbook savings to students.”

Follett’s Rent-A-Text is expected to reach more than 400 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year. For more information, visit

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