For Immediate Release
7 January 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Students Save More Than $86,000 With New Textbook Rental Program


Tunxis Community College in Farmington was number one among the Connecticut Community Colleges in renting textbooks for Fall 2010 semester.

Of the 4,666 students the bookstore served, over 27% rented books through the Rent-A-Text program offered for the first time in the Fall by Tunxis Bookstore, managed by Follett Higher Education Group.

“Tunxis students who rented books saved more than $86,000,” said Chuck Cleary, Tunxis dean of administration. “It’s an option that hopefully will help make books more affordable for our students,” he continued. “They can save as much as 50% off the cover price of books by renting.”

Approximately 30 percent of Tunxis textbooks were available through the Rent-A-Text program offered by the bookstore’s vendor Follett as an alternative to buying new or used books. Follett identifies those titles in which rental presents the best option and savings for students. Through the program, students can highlight and take notes in rented texts and have the option to buy their books at the end of the rental period.

Tunxis Community College, which first opened for classes in October 1970, is celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Visit Tunxis on the Internet at