(KCEN) - The average college student at a four-year-school spent over $1,100 on textbooks and course materials last year.
That's up 3% from the prior year.
In Central Texas, schools said, they've found new ways to save students money.
One of those options are digital books that run through a program called CafeScribe.
Digital books can save about 40-60% on required reading.
Students that aren't interested in the digital option are turning to renting.
Both Baylor University and McLennan Community College said, renting books is the most popular way students are getting their books.
Renting usually saves students about 50%.
Reporter- Tiffany Lundberg
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