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MDC and the Follett Higher Education Group Partner on Rent-A-Text Program to Provide Relief for the Rising Cost of Textbooks

Program will begin in fall 2010

Miami, July 16, 2010 - In addition to tuition, paying for textbooks is usually at the top of list of concerns for college students. The cost of textbooks has grown significantly in recent years. However, Miami Dade College (MDC) has now partnered with the Follett Higher Education Group to implement a Rent-A-Text program at MDC.

Set to begin in the fall 2010, the program will provide relief to students from the rising cost of textbooks. Last year, the college also received a $267,298 Student Access Via Exchange (S.A.V.E.) grant that will also improve students’ access to textbooks and expand their service learning and entrepreneurial skills thanks to a student textbook exchange program that will soon be implemented as well.

Follett Higher Education Group’s new Textbook Rental Program will give students an opportunity to save on their books by renting, instead of purchasing. This type of program is especially impactful at MDC since nearly 60-percent are low income. For 135 years, Follett has been providing universities, libraries and schools and school districts with a wide range of educational tools and services that fuel the learning process and spark the imagination. It brings together capabilities in traditional and digital textbooks, course materials, e-commerce and software to create a unique platform of support for customers. It operates the book stores on every MDC campus. 

For more information on the textbook rental program, visit or 

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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