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BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP)--Bellevue College is embarking on a pilot program in the hopes of saving students money for the costs of their college textbooks.
The school in an eastern suburb of Seattle has received a nearly $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to start a program allowing student to rent all their textbooks and course materials.
School officials believe that renting books, instead of buying, could produce a net savings of 13 percent of the total expenses students face.
The college tested a similar model in 2005 when the school started one of the first textbook-rental programs in the country and was later expanded to other community …