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If College were free, would textbooks cost more?

Free college. The idea is whispered like an incantation in student government meetings and dorm rooms across the country. An education without crippling debt. Surely a pipe dream, but a beautiful one none the less, right?

Several states in the US have begun to offer free or heavily discounted Community College, though 4 year universities still charge tens of thousands of dollars per semester. If, oh glorious thought, a 4 year degree were to be offered free of charge, what would it do to textbook costs?

Is Free College a Pipe Dream?

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Bookbyte Local: Why Oregon Students Have the Best of Both Worlds

If you are an Oregon resident (or at least are a student in Oregon), we have great news for you. If you want to avoid shipping costs for your online textbook orders, you have two ways to do so. You can either order more than $49 in textbooks and receive free shipping (just like everybody else), or you can take a short trip to Bookbyte in Salem, Oregon. Our warehouse has over 30,000 textbooks in it just waiting for plucky students to walk in and buy them, tax and shipping free.


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DIY Dorm Décor to Make Your Room Your Own

DIY Dorm Decor

Moving into a new dorm room? Bet you’re excited to make it just like the lookbook from an Urban Outfitters catalog. The only problem? The same problem that has plagued college students since the birth of Top Ramen: MONEY.

So how to get it to look the way you’ve been dreaming and madly pinning without robbing a bank? We’ve scoured the web to find you the the cheapest and easiest do-it-yourself dorm decorating ideas. Read on to earn your degree in DIY!

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Three On-Campus Looks To Keep You Looking Sharp

This week we would like to welcome guest blogger Combatant Gentlemen! Check them out for inexpensive suits, tuxes, dress shirts and more premium-quality clothing (without designer prices).

The start of the semester is around the corner. Between rush week, finding the best place to get your used books, and adjusting to that daily class grind again you might forget about one important thing — looking good. Instead of your usual sweats and hoodie, try mixing it up a bit. After all, you never know who’s going to be sitting next to you in your media communications class. Here are three looks that will get you all the way from your first week back through your last final in the Spring.

Campus CasualCombatant Gentlemen - Campus Casual

When you’re heading to a long day of classes, club meetings, group project meetings and possibly happy hour afterwards you want to make sure you’re comfortable. You also want to make sure dressed to go from day to night. A classic oxford button-down collared shirt and a pair of chino shorts is a winning look to keep you looking good all day long.

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Space-Saving Ideas for Small Dorm Rooms

Space-Saving Ideas for Tiny Dorm Rooms

Leaving to college for the first time can have a lot of sad goodbyes. Your friends, your parents, your comfort, and…your stuff! What about your precious collection of stuff and things? How will you fit all of your things into a shared space slightly larger than a shoebox? Here are some easy and effective ways to pack as much as you can into a tiny room.

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Best Presents for Mother’s Day When You’re Broke

Best Presents for Mother's Day

Mom’s great and she deserves ALL THE THINGS. But you’re broke. Like, so broke you have those little moths flying out of your wallet like in the cartoons.

So we’ve compiled some nifty, thrifty ways to show you care without a ton of money. So shake out the couch cushions and warm up the glue gun for this mix of frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to win you the Favorite Child Award.

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Young, Broke, and Optimistic: Are Twentysomethings Too Confident About Their Finances?

Young, broke, and optimistic

Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you’re working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you’re about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance (I’m looking at you, Achilles, and your weak heel). Overconfidence when it comes to your finances? REALLY not good.

LearnVest, a financial planning service, conducted a survey with questions related to how a person’s confidence about their finances affects their saving/spending behavior. In answers from 100,000 users, they found a huge discrepancy in the level of financial confidence between the different age brackets.

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Why Textbooks are Actually Bargains

Why Textbooks Are Actually BargainsThe following was written by our own Ben Zoon, a talented Bookbyte employee and avid reader.

Ah, the start of the term, when countless shiny new textbooks are traded to college students in exchange for an arm and a leg. Meanwhile, last term’s books are being sold back for what seems like pennies on the dollar (unless you’re selling back to Bookbyte). It’s amazing how frequently textbooks get “updated” to new editions and seem to depreciate overnight. What then happens to all the old editions? They magically transform into some of the greatest bargains of our time!

Many modern college textbooks, especially the popular ones, are true works of art when you think about it. They’re overflowing with helpful pictures, diagrams, and charts. The text is written by some of the brightest educators in the country, whose passion truly shows through in their work. While I did my assigned reading in college, I would often find myself leafing forward a few chapters and marveling at the sheer quantity of blood, sweat, and tears that must have gone into producing it all.

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What’s Your Uber Score? How to NOT Be Stood Up by Your Driver

Uber driver

Services like UberX and Lyft have turned out to be a boon for many a person looking for safe transport from a bar at 4 a.m. Or for people needing a ride from the dentist’s office when the effects of nitrous oxide are still wearing off. With their prices often being lower than what a taxi service offers, these driver-finding apps are even more beneficial for students without wheels of their own.

If you’ve never used UberX or Lyft, here’s the basics: Open the app and select your location, then a driver is sent over and you’re texted when he/she arrives. When you get to your location, you hop out (no need to pay cash – the fare is automatically charged to the credit card on file), and you leave feedback on a 1 to 5 scale. The thing is, while you’re rating your driver, your driver is rating you right back.

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5 Things NOT To Bring to Your Dorm

5 Things NOT to Bring to the Dorms
There are dorm room essentials…and then there’s this stuff.

The amount of dorm “necessities” seems to grow every year – at least that’s what companies want you to think. Here are a few of the most illogical items that the Sharper Image, Pottery Barn, and other interior design offenders have included in their dorm collections, in no particular order.

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