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Schreiner University Pioneering Textbooks into Tuition Model to save Students up to 50% on their Textbook costs

Jan 29, 2015 by

(Thursday, January 29, 2015) Schreiner University of Kerrville, Texas is one of the first colleges in the country taking steps to help lower costs for students by pioneering a textbook-in-tuition model that could save students up to 50% on their textbook costs.

Schreiner University has implemented a breakthrough solution from Rafter, a campus course materials management company, that automates the course materials process. Rafter, previously known as BookRenter has partnered with hundreds of campuses to help over 2 million students save more than $525 million on textbooks.

Rafter, a leading course materials management company is helping universities like Schreiner with Rafter360™  – a new tech-based solution that enables a comprehensive textbooks-in-tuition model for any campus. After students register for their courses, they are automatically provided 100 percent of their required materials for day one of class, increasing their chances of success and saving them money.

Rafter, previously known as BookRenter, is an established course materials management company that has helped over 2 million students save more than $525 million on textbooks. Building on its course materials experience and long-term relationships with hundreds of colleges and suppliers, Rafter set out to redesign and transform the entire process of course materials management for the student, the campus and the faculty.

For students, Rafter360 makes it simple and affordable to get all the materials they need for their classes with a flat rate price offering savings of over 50 percent. This reduced fee is factored directly into their tuition, making course materials a predictable and budgeted expense. Studies show that textbooks and supplies cost approximately $1,200 a year and some 65 percent of students have decided to not buy a textbook due to expense. With Rafter360, once a student is registered for their courses, professors adopt materials (in print or digital format) and the system then manages the process seamlessly behind the scenes. All students need to do is pick up their package of materials waiting for them at the campus bookstore or the campus can opt to have the entire order sent directly to students.

According to Bill Muse, VP of Administration and Finance at Schreiner University, “For Schreiner to get on the leading edge like we have by offering a books-in-tuition solution, it was really critical that we were able to partner with a provider like Rafter. We could not have done this on our own. Students love the convenience and the level of service in the bookstore. It’s a win-win and we are delighted.”

More information about Rafter360 can be found at www.rafter.com/our-solutions/rafter360/

 

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About Rafter

Rafter, previously known as BookRenter, is an established course materials management company. Hundreds of campuses and over 2 million students have used Rafter’s technology to save more than $525 million on textbooks. The company’s mission is to help students save money and be prepared for success in the classroom.  Building on its course materials experience and long-term relationships with hundreds of colleges and suppliers, Rafter is redesigning and transforming the entire process of course materials management with its new Rafter360™ technology solution. Based in San Mateo, California, Rafter was founded in 2006.

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