Southwestern Michigan College students last fall saved approximately $160,000 by taking advantage of SMC Campus Store's course material affordability programs and services, including used books, text rental, digital titles and price match.
As part of Follett's network of more than 1,200 campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores, SMC Campus Store offers the largest inventory of used books in the industry as well as Follett's growing text rental program.
Students renting through the campus store can save up to 80 percent compared to purchasing new.
Follett's rental program saved students nationwide more than $125 million this past fall alone.
For students interested in exploring digital options, SMC Campus Store offers a wide range of digital learning technologies, including Follett's free app, BryteWave digital textbook reader.
Many digital titles provide anytime/anywhere access as well as varying discounts compared to purchasing new print materials.
"Our goal is to ensure each student has affordable access to their needed materials," said Cindy Most, SMC Campus Store manager. "In addition to our format options, many students also take advantage of our buyback and price match programs."
Per SMC Campus Store's price match program, if students find course materials they purchase at the campus store advertised at a lower price from a qualifying competitor, they are eligible to receive the difference in price from the campus store.
This guarantees students get materials at the lowest cost possible and allows them to apply price-match funds to supplies or other needed materials.
SMC devotes 100 percent of its campus store profits to funding student scholarships.
For more information on price match or various ways to save on course materials, drop by the SMC Campus Store on the east side of the Dowagiac campus off Cherry Grove Road or visit http://www.shopsouthwestern.com.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.