Today, a survey released by the ConnPIRG Education Fund shows that 65 percent of student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price, and nearly half say that textbook costs can dictate whether they take a course.
The cost of college textbooks has skyrocketed in recent years. To students and families already struggling to afford high tuition and fees, an additional $1,200 per year on books and supplies can be the breaking point.
After sixty years of almost constant increases in the annual number of miles Americans drive, since 2004 Americans have decreased their driving per-capita for eight years in a row. Driving miles per person are down especially sharply among Millennials, America’s largest generation that will increasingly dominate national transportation trends.
Today, college students spoke out to urge Senators to reject the pending student loan deal, which may come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this afternoon.
PIRG In The News
With the election season in its final stretch, president Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are scrambling to visit colleges to secure the youth vote.
Fox CT covered our Voter Registration efforts the day before the deadline to vote by mail in Connecticut.
The deadline to register by mail is midnight tonight.
In order to beat that deadline, the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group began working early this week to register college-age students in the state to vote, including many at Central Connecticut State University. The registration efforts are expected to have helped more than 1,000 students at four universities — including CCSU — to register by mail Monday and today.
NEW HAVEN — If agricultural subsidies were to go directly to consumers in the city, residents would be able to buy 1.2 million Twinkies, or 32,120 apples, according to a study released Wednesday by Connecticut Public Interest Research Group.
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