Buyback Program and Affordable Textbook Options

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Hi SAIT Students!

Did you know that you can get your money back from the SAIT Bookstore for books you purchased in the fall and/or winter semester? The SAIT Bookstore, located in the Stan Grad Centre has a Buyback Program. This is offered 2-3 times per year and happens in-store only. Textbook buybacks are scheduled to run from December 10-14, 2018 on Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm and Friday from 8am-4pm.

After you come back from your Christmas break there is another buyback scheduled for students who may have missed the December deadlines. On January 7-11, 2019 the Buyback Program is scheduled from Monday-Thursday between 10am-6pm and Friday between 8am-4pm. This is a great way to get some cash for those textbooks that you may not want or do not have use for anymore.

However, the amount of money you receive back depends on the shape your textbook is in when you hand it in to the SAIT Bookstore. Also, the SAIT Bookstore will not accept just any textbook. They will only buyback student textbooks that are being utilized again at SAIT. Satellite campuses can participate in this program, however, they would need to come to SAIT’s main campus. The list of what textbooks they are taking back and/or using again at SAIT will be presented in the SAIT Bookstore during Buyback Program timelines. Another thing to keep in mind is if you are wanting to participate in the Buyback Program you will need to bring your SAIT ID and show proof that you’re a current SAIT student.

Being a student can be expensive and textbook costs can sometimes be ridiculous, so if we all contribute to spreading more awareness about the SAIT Bookstore’s Buyback Program, I am hoping we can help those students who are struggling financially. If you fall within the category of not being able to participate in the Bookstore’s Buyback Program because maybe the textbook you have is not going to be used again at SAIT, then think about open educational resources (OERs). OERs are an alternative to expensive textbooks that can be used for teaching, learning, and research purposes. These educational materials are made available for free or at a significantly reduced price to users anywhere around the world. These resources can be found online, at the SAIT Library and/or just by simply asking your instructor.

Tanya Pittis
VP Academic, SAITSA