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Textbooks @ ISU

This guide shares information about course materials and textbooks to support your academic success at ISU

How to Pay for Course Materials?

  • Financial Aid
    • It is important to check with Financial Aid to ensure you use all your available aid. If you have a Financial Aid refund (sometimes called excess aid), you can apply that towards textbooks. 
  • Alternate funding sources

What we've heard from students:

In 2023, the ISU Textbook Affordability Committee surveyed students on campus about textbook affordability. The following graph represents what funding sources students use to acquire course materials. 

Graph showing 615 survey respondents use credit cards, 342 use family, 274 use work funds, 159 use scholarships or grants, 133 use loans, and 15 use other funding sources for course materials