$1,200 is a hefty price tag for school supplies, but according to the College Board, that's the average amount college students shelled out for textbooks last year.
Smith Lewis, a junior at Mercer University, told 13WMAZ he spent $700 on required textbooks - and that's only for fall semester.
"It's pretty ridiculous for a pile of paper," Lewis said.
Now, some students are finding ways to save money on their books.
Kendalee Marcus, an elementary education major, buys and sells her books through Amazon.com.
"Amazon has a trade-in program where you buy your books on Amazon, and if you want to sell them back, you can," Marcus said. "You get really good deals and get an Amazon gift card, so you can use that to buy next semester's books - or something else."
There are other options, too, like buying an older edition or renting textbooks.