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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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5 Healthy Meals for the College Student – An infographic by the team at ZocDoc and Bookrenter

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The Surprising Economic Impact of Renting VS. Buying (Infographic)

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That’s $101 Million In Your Pockets

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By VP of Business Development and Founder Colin Barceloux
Colin has a BS in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Information Technology from Santa Clara University where he graduated with Honors in 2003. Colin resides in San Francisco and is an avid snowboarder, basketball enthusiast, mountain biker, and golfer.

Today, we announced that BookRenter has saved students over $101 million dollars off the cost of textbooks. This is not only a special day for BookRenter, but also for me personally. When I started BookRenter I hoped that we’d reach a point where we would help so many students afford school, but now I can see this is really just the beginning. I got the idea to start BookRenter when I was a college student at Santa Clara University. Like students today, I was extremely frustrated with the high cost of textbooks. While at school, I worked three part-time jobs to help cover my out of pocket expenses, and textbooks were always the largest. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the status quo – buying textbooks and selling them back – is just a really expensive rental. When I started BookRenter, textbook rental was a new thing and today thanks in large part to BookRenter, rentals are fast becoming the preferred method for getting course materials.

From the very beginning, our mission at BookRenter has been to make education more affordable. After tuition, textbooks are the largest educational expense. Course materials cost on average $1,137 per year (College Board); that is a staggering number. For the millions of people attending community college, that averages about 40% of the annual cost of education. By renting textbooks, students can save up to 80%– that’s about $500 per year depending on what you study. When you start to apply that savings across the student population of the US, the result is tremendous. And for students scraping by on loans and grants to get through school, the impact of textbook rental takes on a whole new meaning. We created this picture to help people see how huge textbook rental can be. It makes us realize that $101 million is really just the beginning; $172 billion, here we come.

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The Reality of Making Education More Affordable

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By VP of Business Development and Founder Colin Barceloux
Colin has a BS in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Information Technology from Santa Clara University where he graduated with Honors in 2003. Colin resides in San Francisco and is an avid snowboarder, basketball enthusiast, mountain biker, and golfer.

Hi, everyone! Just popping into the blog because I wanted to share a chance encounter I had with one of our customers. Last week after work, as I was going to the gym, I was stopped by the front desk worker who noticed my BookRenter.com polo shirt.

She asked if I worked at BookRenter, and I said I did. Immediately she practically hugged me and said how much she loved our company, and if it was not for BookRenter, she would have had to drop out of San Francisco State. She said that recently they raised tuition, and the money she saved renting books went to pay for the cost increase. She was the type of student who I could tell was working a couple of side jobs to pay for school, and using BookRenter had lifted such a tremendous burden on her life. I thanked for her business as she was tearing up.

We push ourselves every day to make a difference in students’ lives and to make education more affordable. The $60 million we have saved students so far is not just a number on our website, but also a reflection of the positive impact we are making on society.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. If you have a story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it in the comments.

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5 Tips to Get Yourself a Scholarship

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By BookRenter Andy

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Going to college can be unbearably expensive (private school especially), and most of the expense goes toward tuition.  One way to offset the cost of school is to look for scholarships. I know what you¹re thinking: “Scholarships aren’t for me! I’m not smart enough! Too much competition for the things!”

Wrong on all counts. You’d be surprised by the amount of scholarships that go un-awarded because of lack of applicants. You need not be a 4.0 student or chair of the Theoretical Physics club in order to get a scholarship. A regular maestro/maestress can easily find something they have a great shot at. And unlike college, scholarships don’t cost anything to apply for.

Here’s a few resources and tips to help you start your search:

1. Go local – check your local newspaper or University newspaper this is often the best way to find relevant matches.

2. Check Your Campus – Your school registrar office, financial aid office, or career office will also have a ton of scholarships and fellowships

3. Zinch.com - Zinch has over 100,000 high school and college student members. It connects students with scholarships as well as helps students get recruited by Universities. There’s a ton of colleges and universities actively looking for students to recruit. Get on Zinch!

4. Check the Web – Free scholarship engines great examples are fastweb.com, collegeboard.com, and scholarships.com.  These are a great way to start looking.

5. BookRenter Scholarship – Last but by no means least check out BookRenter’s $250 textbook scholarship.

Now go on and get yourself a scholarship!

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