DALLAS, TEXAS—College students across North Texas are getting ready to head back to campus and that means bookstores will be busy. But, this school year a new bill aimed at making textbooks more affordable will go into effect.
The Dallas-based state representative behind the bill says in some some community colleges across Texas students are actually paying more for textbooks than they are for classes. He says that's why he backed the bill and now all Texas college students will benefit.
Allegra Brunt is a criminology major at UT Dallas, who says she`ll go broke buying books for school.
"This is going to put me to not being able to eat for awhile," said UT Dallas student Allegra Brunt.
And she`s not kidding.
"I eat ramen. I eat what`s cheap, but I don`t eat much," said Brunt.
Other students too told us textbook prices these days really add up quick.
"Spent a total of $492 and I bought some math books, one accounting book and a couple of economics books," said UT Dallas Student Michael Speegle.
State representative, Dan Branch, hopes a bill he sponsored last session will give college students some relief.
"The principles are: give the students options, give advance notice, put this information up on the syllabus, don`t force bundling on all types of content and raise the price up," said Dan Branch, R - Dallas.
The bill goes into effect on September 1. Faculty must outline rental and buyback programs for students, give students books lists at least a month in advance, and publishers must sell additions separately.
Branch says the efforts should lead to cost-savings.
"We`re hoping that this is going to cut in at least by a third to a half, the price of content," he said.
Some students told it's a measure they've been waiting for awhile.
"When I was at a community college I actually singed a thing that was going to be sent down to Austin to make textbooks cheaper, so maybe it worked right?" said UT Dallas student Alexa Sirranni.
Allegra Brunt says she's more than ready to save.
"That`s be awesome, honestly, especially if can come in the time that I`m still in school," she said.
This state bill will work in conjunction with a similar federal bill.