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Kentucky State University announces free E-textbooks for students

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- In an attempt to help make college more affordable for students Kentucky State University has announced a partnership with a New York company to provide free electronic textbooks to students.

According to a news release, Pearson, a learning company, is offering the textbooks for a flat fee and, KSU is in turn providing a book scholarship to every student, meaning the e-books will be free.

"Some traditional textbooks can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 apiece. And the fact is, some students simply cannot afford to buy all the textbooks required for their course load," said Aaron Thompson, PhD, interim president, Kentucky State University.  “We want our students to be successful, and numerous studies have shown that if students do not have their books during the first few days of school, their success rate is seriously diminished.”

While many institutions have leveraged digital course materials delivery models at the individual course level, Kentucky State is one of only two institutions in the country and is the only institution in Kentucky currently working with Pearson to delivery course materials digitally college-wide, to undergraduate to graduate level students.

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