When you think about the cost of going to college, major categories come to mind. You consider the cost of tuition, room and board, meal plans, possible car expenses, parking permits, clothing, maybe even fraternity or sorority dues. However, one of the areas that often escapes budgeting is textbooks. Think about what possible major you may be pursuing and then check out some of the required courses that you will be attending.
Next, see if you can access the required texts for the current or upcoming year that apply to some of those courses at your target colleges. A quick Internet search will then reveal what will likely be a shocking look at the prices of those tomes.