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New book rental program to ease university students' burden

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Starting this fall, William Carey University students should find paying for the books they need a little more affordable. The university has signed an agreement with Barnes and Noble College Booksellers to give students the option to rent textbooks at discount prices. Students say in today's economy, saving money is more important than ever.

It's nursing instructor Robin Dennis' job to get students ready for the working world.

"We've been practicing injections," said Dennis. "We've been practicing putting in catheters and just different kinds of basic nursing skills."

Many of the students enrolled in William Carey University's nursing program are pursuing a lifelong dream, which they say can be expensive.

Nursing Student Lindsay White said, "Here, it's trimesters. So we have to buy books every 10 weeks, so it's a huge burden with the costs."

A new program could ease some of that burden by allowing students to rent textbooks from Barnes and Noble. Right now officials say students have to buy books that they may not be able to sell back at the end of the term.

"With the economy as it is and being a private institution and our tuition being a little bit higher, this affords our students the opportunity to rent text books at a reduced cost than buying the text books," said Administrative Dean Jerry Bracey. "So they have the opportunity to rent the book and turn the book back in at the end of the trimester."

University officials say the textbook rentals will run about 50 to 55 percent less than the purchase price.

"For a lot of people who don't keep books, especially when you have to take all your courses up to your major, all of those books can be returned," said student Kathy Ferro. "You're basically paying about half price for them so it saves you a lot of money."

For years, Barnes and Noble has run William Carey's bookstore at the main campus. Now the company is preparing to open a store on the coast campus.

Ferro likes the idea.

"Right now we have to go online to buy the books then they have to be shipped which is an additional fee or we can actually drive up to Hattiesburg but of course with the cost of gas."

She said, "We're nursing students. We don't have time to go up to Hattiesburg so it would be really great if we could have a bookstore here."

These students say it's nice to see the university is as committed to helping them afford to get an education as they are to using that education to make a difference in the lives of others. @

"I'm a very caring person, and I feel that I can take care of people's needs,"said White. "I love people. I'm a very helpful person. I think it's my passion to be a nurse."

William Carey University officials say initially only the textbooks for basic core classes will be available for rental.

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