Scholarships cover year's books for students

A new scholarship program run through the campus bookstore means, for 35 SF State students, this year's textbooks are on the house.

Follett Higher Education Group, which operates the SFSU Bookstore, provided money allowing the students to enroll for free in "Quick Start," a program exclusive to SF State that lets students rent a year's worth of textbooks for a low, flat price. The scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.

A photo of the SFSU Bookstore.

Per its agreement with the University Corporation, Follett provides $10,000 each year for student scholarships. Because the 2012 donation was made before a decision on how to use the money was reached, $20,000 was available for the 2013-14 school year, enough for 35 students.

"Studies have shown that students have better learning outcomes when they have all of their course material early on," said Agnes Wong Nickerson, associate vice president for fiscal affairs. "But some students, because of their financial situation, either don't buy or delay buying all of their books. This program will remove that barrier to learning."

The Bookstore Advisory Committee worked with the Financial Aid office to award the scholarships to students with income levels too high to be eligible for many need-based grants but who still face significant financial challenges. In addition, students were required to have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for the scholarship.

All freshman and sophomore students are eligible to sign up for Quick Start. Once a student signs up for the program, the University provides the bookstore with his or her class schedule. The bookstore then collects all of the required textbooks and other course materials, in digital or print form, and makes them available for the student to pick up all at once before the semester begins. All materials must be returned at the end of the semester, although students can pay an additional fee to keep the books.

To sign up for Quick Start, visit

-- Jonathan Morales