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Grant and Scholarship Resources: Books and Technology Funding

This guide provides information and links to scholarship resources for Oakton students.

Books and Technology

Outside of tuition, books and technology can be one of the most expensive items on your college budget. This page tracks some resources specifically for these items but you can also often use general aid for these as well.

Tips for Saving Money on Books

  • Rent your books: Some websites such as enable students to rent books at a lower cost than buying them. This choice is ideal for expensive texts you’ll use only for one semester.
  • Buy used: Ask your professor if an older copy of the text is acceptable to use. Many texts have only minor additions or updates. Used copies are often considerably less expensive. 
  • Buy e-books: These days most textbooks are available to buy or rent in electronic format as well. Because there is no printing cost overhead, these editions are often much less expensive than their printed counterparts.
  • Share with a classmate: Consider sharing the cost of a textbook with a classmate. Going this route halves the cost of the investment if you can make it work.
  • Utilize your libraries course reserves: Oakton campuses at Skokie and Des Plaines have many of the textbooks for classes available for borrowing for a two hour time limit behind the circulation desk. This option works well if you are often on campus and don't mind needing to be flexible about when you are able to access the text.

Grants and Scholarships for Books and Technology

Tips for Saving Money on Technology