Student spending on course material in the U.S. 2007-2019

The average student spending on course material in the United States came to 415 U.S. dollars in the 2018/19 academic year, down from 484 dollars a year earlier. Course material spending has been declining for years, and has dropped by almost 200 U.S. dollars since the 2015/16 academic year.

Student spending on course material in the United States from the academic years 2007/08 to 2018/19

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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2007/08 to 2018/19

Supplementary notes

*The source provides the following information: "Starting in 2015-16, total spending for the academic year was weighted by campus type to more accurately reflect the proportion of students enrolled at two- and four-year U.S. institutions."

Campus stores distributed the survey to their students by email. The first survey fielded for a two- or three-week period in October/November 2017. A total of 20,277 valid responses were collected. The second survey wave fielded in February/March 2018 and yielded a total of 14,253 responses. The data from each survey were weighted by campus type to more accurately reflect the proportion of students enrolled at two- and four-year U.S. institutions. The margin of error for this study is <1.0 at the 95% confidence level.

The dollar value of student academic spending is in U.S. dollars (the exchange rate from the Bank of Canada website on March 1, 2018 was applied to responses at Canadian institutions).

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