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The aggravation of it all

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So... I have been struggling trying to pay for my college books for the past 5 weeks because my professors are so darn picky on keeping up to date on the "latest edition".

My books costs me about $663 in total. So instead of me paying $100 for all 6 of my books online, I have to break my pockets because of some newest illustrations and a caption or two 😠.

I had to beg my parents and relatives for money (I even asked my 11 year sister for some of her allowance money). It was pretty embarrassing, considering me and my parents barely get along and I asked relatives who I haven't spoken in years, plus a little girl who loves all the change she can get.

But guess what? Today (just now), I felt like checking my fafsa award letter to just to see how much I may be getting back as a refund check and lo and behold it said I have a 1,000 book scholarship. I didn't even know my fafsa was updated, or where that scholarship even came from.

Yes, I did apply for that scholarship back in like March, but I was never notified by the scholarship representatives or my school, telling me that I had recieved it. Like how long have I even had that?

Imagine my frustration at the fact that I went through all this embarrassment and shame for nothing. More so at my school for not telling me that they changed my award letter and did not notified me about it or the scholarship.

I'm not as angry as I was before I started venting on this post. So that's a plus. But still...

So when all is said and done, present your receipts to the financial aid office of your school. They should reimburse you for your books.

In the future, before ordering said books, I would check with financial aid, and let them know you are having a hard time paying for books, and you would like to know what options you have, and if the scholarship for books you applied for has been approved, denied, and when you can expect that answer.

Each book, as you know, has an IBN number. If you go to a search engine and type in the IBN number, you will see that there's lots of choices when it comes to books. Even new books can be "used", books can be downloaded onto your computer, rented for the semester--lots of choices. And if you set up a student account, you can usually find that they offer free 2 day shipping, some will ship for free otherwise.

You may also find after your first year that there's books that you don't even crack open. Or that you can borrow from the library if they are project specific.

If you are in a nursing program, a drug book a lab results and what they mean book, and a nursing care plan book are all good investments. And will serve you well into the next 4 years.

Best wishes, and contact financial aid on Monday and see about getting your money back--then pay back what you borrowed.

AJJKRN

Specializes in Medical-Surgical/Float Pool/Stepdown. Has 6+ years experience.

Welcome to adulthood :lol2: !

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

If I discovered $1000 of available, unexpected money, I don't think I'd be angry. Plenty of people don't get any "free" money from the government or their parents. Be grateful.

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

If I discovered $1000 of available, unexpected money, I don't think I'd be angry. Plenty of people don't get any "free" money from the government or their parents. Be grateful.

I'd still be annoyed that I went through all of the hassle of humiliating myself for nothing, but maybe I'm just an ingrate. Totally feeling you on this one, OP.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Glad it all worked out. BTW there were several of what I considered to be easier courses that I did purchase the cheap older versions and never had a problem. I didn't do that for the courses I knew would be challenging for me and I'd need every advantage but for some stuff its just not necessary imo.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I'd still be annoyed that I went through all of the hassle of humiliating myself for nothing, but maybe I'm just an ingrate. Totally feeling you on this one, OP.

Lol, yeah I'd be annoyed too although I also would have been more impressed if OP mentioned working insane amounts of overtime in an effort to avoid having to beg from family. Then again maybe I'm just bitter because I worked all through school and never got $1,000 for anything. :D

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

OP, if it comes down to it, and your semester has not yet started (assuming you haven't opened wrappers on the books), you can return the books and get your money back. If you HAVE opened the wrappers on the books, use your scholarship to buy the same books, and return them unopened with the receipt you got when you paid out of pocket. That way you can use your scholarship and pay back everyone you borrowed money from.

Lol, yeah I'd be annoyed too although I also would have been more impressed if OP mentioned working insane amounts of overtime in an effort to avoid having to beg from family. Then again maybe I'm just bitter because I worked all through school and never got $1,000 for anything. :D

Yep, I've been working overtime and selling electronics. I still might need to borrow money for a few of my books. The government is insane. Even though I support myself, I'm considered a dependent because of my age and marital status. So they look at my Dad's earnings (6 beautiful figures that do not contribute toward me, and they shouldn't seeing as I'm 23), and I get squat. I cannot wait to be 24 so this madness can end.

Sorry for the rant and mini hijack OP. I do think it's odd that your school didn't notify you about your awards. My school sends emails, sometimes at 12am, for every change, down to the cent.

Lol, yeah I'd be annoyed too although I also would have been more impressed if OP mentioned working insane amounts of overtime in an effort to avoid having to beg from family. Then again maybe I'm just bitter because I worked all through school and never got $1,000 for anything.

I wish I could still work. I actually cannot work since I was in a car accident and received a Tibial Plateau Fracture. It's just about heal since I get my cast off this Thursday and will be going to a Physical Therapist.

If I discovered $1000 of available, unexpected money, I don't think I'd be angry. Plenty of people don't get any "free" money from the governmentor*their parents. Be grateful.

I am more than grateful. It may not seem like it, but I'm very ecstatic. It was just at the time when I wrote this post that my frustration had gotten the better of me and I just needed to vent.

gonzo1, ASN, RN

Specializes in CEN, ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP. Has 17 years experience.

I, and several friends rent the books from Amazon. I just rented a brand new elementary statistics book for 24$.. At the end of the class I have to ship the book back to Amazon. This book would have cost me 166 bucks. Sometimes you decided you want to keep the book and then you can buy a used one really cheap usually.

jena5111, ASN, RN

Specializes in Tele, Interventional Pain Management, OR. Has 5 years experience.

Just because an instructor tells you to purchase the most recent edition of a text does NOT mean you MUST do so.

I graduate from nursing school in December without EVER having purchased the most current edition of a textbook.

For fundamentals, I found a previous edition text for $7.99 at Half Price Books--missing the companion CD, but I never use those anyway so no problem. I scored the edition behind current (eighth instead of ninth) of our med-surg book from a different Half Price Books location for $10. It's a hardcover near-new book with zero highlights/marking beyond the first few chapters. I found my mental health text at the same Half Price store for $9.99 months later. I rented my peds/OB text from Amazon for around $30.

The only modification: Your syllabi will contain slightly different page numbers for reading assignments since these are usually based on the current edition. No big deal. Just line up the topics with the chapters in the previous editions and you're good to go.

Nursing school can be pricey, but I've never stressed over textbook expenses. These days, you don't have to. I realize not everyone has a Half Price Books store in their neighborhood, but check out local used bookstores if possible. You can also check out prior editions at your school's library in some cases.

Just check to make sure it's an actual scholarship. My school "advances" everyone automatically $1000 as bookstore credit when they are expecting a refund from grants /loans.

If I could afford it I much rather buy my books through Amazon or used from older students, but that bookstore credit ends up being my lifesaver.

Although, I have to say I don't remember how I found this out, but I definitely knew before I went buying any books on my own.

ThePsychWhisperer, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Psychiatric and emergency nursing. Has 7 years experience.

My instructors are also bound and determined to use the newer editions of textbooks, and they're almost as determined as I am not to use the newest editions of said textbooks. Instead of buying my books, I rented them all from Chegg.com and turned an $800 bill into a $117 one. I refuse to buy a new edition of a book because they moved a paragraph, or added some obscure graph to page 1024. I also refuse to buy books I'll only use once. Many book groups (i.e.-elsevier) give you the option to buy access codes for books, or as I found out yesterday, sometimes have the online accompanying material for free.

RainMom

Has 7 years experience.

Each book, as you know, has an IBN number. If you go to a search engine and type in the IBN number, you will see that there's lots of choices when it comes to books. Even new books can be "used", books can be downloaded onto your computer, rented for the semester--lots of choices.

Not at my school. The school bookstore would not release ISBN numbers because they wanted you to buy their books. I got around that for prereqs because the bookstore website would give the book title & usually a picture so I was still able to find older versions online. However for the actual nursing program, you couldn't get the books off the website & when I called asking for titles or ISBN, they refused to give any information. Unless somebody knew a recent grad, you couldn't find out what books the program used & were stuck spending about $1100.

I rented all my textbooks besides my med/surg books, which I purchased.

You can get Amazon Student service which is essentially Amazon prime which gives you free shipping both ways.

Any school that doesn't provide you an ISBN before a course starts is screamin' shady to me. Is it accredited?

Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

Publishers change editions and instructors are required to use the new editions, whether they want to use them or not, whether they Re significantly different or not. Publishers won't sell old editions to bookstores when the new ones hit the shelves.

As for the ISBN numbers, instructors can give them to you if the bookstores won't, assuming the instructors have their copies.