This Spring we hosted a statewide “Human Oil Spill” day of action – where every campus across the state held an educational event on campus about the impacts of oil drilling. With guest speakers from local nonprofits, a staged ‘human oil spill’ and educational posters we were able to talk to hundreds of students about the issue, and garner media attention on the campaign. Make Textbooks More Affordable According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college and 13% at a four-year public institution. For many students and families already struggling to afford a college degree, that is simply too much – meaning more debt, working longer hours, or making choices that undermine academic success. For more than a decade, the Student PIRGS have led the way in exposing publisher’s practices that rip off students, championing cost-saving textbook options like used books and rental programs, and advocating for open textbooks as a long-term solution. We can save students a ton of money, and put the heat on publishers to make textbooks affordable.

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