New Laws on the Books

Many state legislatures are passing laws designed to help students save money on course materials

Jason P. Tetrault, a junior at the University of Connecticut, spends between $400 and $500 on textbooks each semester. But the finance major does not even buy all the books on his syllabi. If he did, he might have to spend twice as much as he already does.

To save money, Mr. Tetrault snaps up used books when possible and forgoes the expensive ones that are for large lecture classes