MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new initiative at Bethel Univesity is working to reduce student costs by ditching textbooks.

Funded by a two-year Strategic Growth Award grant from the Bethel University Foundation, the Zero Cost Course Resources Initiative eliminates expensive textbooks and replaces them with free online resources.

The school currently has a few programs that are completely zero cost and others that are reduced cost.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of college textbooks increased by 88% from 2006 to 2016.

Bethel University estimates the initiative will save students approximately $1,300 per year in textbook costs.

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