Ohio college students could get free textbooks starting next year

Students may be able to save on textbooks if a proposal from Gov. John Kasich is approved by state legislators.
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Students may be able to save on textbooks if a proposal from Gov. John Kasich is approved by state legislators.

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars, Ohio college students could soon get their books for free, sort of.

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To cut down on costs to students, Gov. John Kasich wants to require colleges to provide textbooks to students. Kasich made the textbook proposal in the two-year budget plan he announced Monday in Columbus.

If adopted by the state legislature, colleges would be required to start providing students textbooks in the fall of 2018. Colleges would be able to charge a fee of no more than $300 to offset the cost of those course materials.

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The University of Dayton already helps students pay for books by offering a book scholarship of up to $4,000 to students who visit campus and fill out at FAFSA application, said spokeswoman Meagan Pant.

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